Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Navratan Korma -Navratan Korma recipe -Navaratna Kurma

Navratan Korma is a delicious and a very popular Mughlai dish. Navratan means nine gems. As nine different ingredients which includes fruits, vegetables, nuts and paneer are used to prepare this korma, it gets the name Navratan korma. Navratan Korma is less spicy and has a slightly sweet taste because of the fruits and nuts used. Today we will learn how to make Navratan Korma (white gravy) following this very easy recipe.

Navratan Korma

Navratan Korma in white gravy

Navratan Korma

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian-Mughlai Dish

   Ingredients needed

   Cauliflower florets -1 cup
   Mixed Vegetables -1 ¼ cup
   Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 1/4 tsp
   Green chilli - 2-3 (minced or finely chopped)
   Curd - 1 1/2 tbsp (should not be sour)
   Pineapple – 8 small pieces
   Paneer/ Indian cottage cheese - 50 grams (cubed)
   Raisins - 12-15
   Salt to taste

   For grinding

   Cashew nuts - 2 tbsp
   Khus Khus - 1 tbsp
   Onion - 1 big

   For the seasoning

   Butter - 2 tbsp
   Jeera/cumin seeds -1 tsp
   Bay leaf -1
   Cardamom -2
   Cloves -2
   Cinnamon -1 inch piece

   For garnishing

   Fresh cream - 2 tbsp
   Almonds - 5
   Cashew nuts - 6

navratan korma in white gravy Preparation

1. Soak cashew nuts and khus khus in boiling water for 1 hour.

Blanch onions. (peel the skin and put it in boiling water for 5 minutes, then remove it )

After it cools, grind cashew nuts + khus khus + onions and keep it aside.

2.Wash and put cauliflowers in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and keep it aside.

3.Boil water and cook all the vegetables till soft but not mushy (I used a mix of beans, potato, carrots, 1/2 a capsicum). It should be cooked but must be firm. Add capsicum and cauliflower at the end as they need very less time to get cooked. Drain excess water if any and keep it aside.

4.Shallow fry paneer and keep it aside.Check out how to make paneer at home.

5.Fry cashew nuts and raisins separately in a little butter and keep it aside for garnishing.

6.Blanch and sliver almonds.

navaratna kurma a close up shot

Heat butter in a pan, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.

Then add ginger-garlic paste, green chilies and saute for a few minutes. Then add the cashew nut paste. Cook till oil separates.

Add beaten curd, all the vegetables, a cup of water, needed salt, simmer and cook till the gravy becomes thick.

Now add the pineapple pieces, fried paneer and raisins. Remove from flame.

Add cream and garnish with cashew nuts and almonds.

Navratan korma is ready to be served with roti, naan or parathas. Serve it hot.

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes, till then it is bye from Padhu of padhuskitchen.


  1. Lovely recipe with awesome clicks

  2. Wowo i would love this kurma, looksso so yumm.

  3. very tasty korma padhu..I have never seen a korma with pineapple..but I m sure it will taste grt

  4. Rich and creamy gravy,love this type,would love to have it with roti..

  5. Lovely kurma. All the ingredients in it would have made it so flavorful. Awesome presentation too !!

  6. curry looks wonderful ...love the creamy rich gravy curry


  7. I have had this only on restaurants..Looks rich and creamy as Sushma said...

  8. korma looks very tempting ...love the creamy rich looking gravy ..yummy


  9. very nice and colorful kurma.. looks gr8 dear.. nice clicks too :)

  10. wow...a mildly spiced, creamy korma...delicious

  11. It is navrantan indeed,kuma looks delicious.

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

  12. Oh I love navratan korma..Looks delicious..Lovely clicks!

  13. Lovely kurma padhu...I love this one..perfect with appam!!

  14. oh i didnt know u added curd, i thought it was oconut milk based...

  15. Awesome presentation and mouth watering dish

  16. Wat a rich looking and mouthwatering korma..

  17. Such a mouthwatering dish...inviting...no doubt a gem of its own...

  18. Wow Thanks for posting this recipe. I always order this dish when I eat out! Now I can try it out at home. The dish looks delicious!!

  19. Ah padhu the korma looks so yum!! I jsut looove navratan korma :)

  20. Oh you got them so perfectly white and beautiful :)

  21. my fav kurma for roti, looks great

  22. Wow...this looks great. I've never heard of it before, but I love all the flavors in it, especially the nuts. Yum!

  23. Can you post some vegetable-stir fry recipes

  24. I was searching for a navratna kurma recipe similar to the one we eat at restaurants and of all the recipes available on the Internet, yours looked spot on. Just made it today and it tastes wonderful. Thanks!

  25. Hi Padhu...love your blog a lot..goin to try navratan korma today..can u pls let me know the above korma serves for how many people?

  26. Thank you for liking my blog. It serves 4 persons.

  27. Hi Padhu...i tried this and it came out very well..had tried navratan korma many times before from other sites and was disappointed....but your's was mindblowing....Thanks a lot:-)

  28. Is there an alternative to fresh cream.... They are out of stuck at the moment 😣

    1. You can add fresh malai from chilled milk. If you do not have that also, you can skip. Adding cream gives richness to the gravy.


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