It is about a month and a half until Diwali, so the kitchen has been busy testing and perfecting recipes. This is the second post in the Diwali series. If you missed the first post, you can check it out here.
Navratan Korma, meaning 9 jewels for the 9 different ingredients used, is a subtly sweet and creamy dish perfect for Diwali. You can use a mixture of veggies, fruits, and nuts..just make sure there are 9 total! Oh, and the “secret” ingredient for this Navratan Korma is kasoori methi. Do not forget the methi! This delicious recipe is perfect for vegans, because of the use of coconut milk (and leave out the paneer), which also cuts down on calories. I have used ghee, but if vegan, just use oil, no biggie. Serve with rice and/or naan, and this meal is sure to be a hit with everyone! The ingredient list is kinda long, but don’t let that scare you =)
Anyways, let’s get to it!
- 2 cups of your favorite veggies, parboiled – I have used baby carrots, green beans, peppers, cauliflower, potatoes, mushrooms
- 1/4 cup chopped fruit – pineapple is commonly used, but I have used apricots- you can also use raisins
- paneer – cubed
- your favorite nuts – I have used almonds
- 2+2 tbsp ghee/oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- handful of almonds/cashews, plus a small bit for the curry (fried, not raw)
- 2 cups chopped tomatoes
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 green chili chopped
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- pinch of saffron
- 1 tbsp deggi mirch/kashmiri chili powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- cilantro for garnish
Heat oil/ghee in a pan. Throw in the nuts, onions, and green chili. Saute till onions are clear. Add ginger garlic paste and turmeric. Saute till raw smell goes away. Add tomatoes and kasoori methi. Cover and simmer until the tomatoes are very soft. Blend together to make a very smooth liquid.
Heat the leftover ghee/oil in the same pan. Now add the blended mixture. Add the coconut milk, kasoori methi, salt, sugar, cumin, coriander, saffron, chili powder. Stir and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add your 9 ingredient mixture of veggies/fruit/nuts. Stir and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked completely. Finish with garam masala and cilantro.
Up next in the Diwali series: Bhutta salad