Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is an Indian vegetable korma with nuts, paneer cheese, and an adjustable list of vegetables. It is in a tomato-cream sauce as opposed to the usual yogurt based sauce. 'Navratan' means 'nine gems,' so choose nine of the vegetable, nuts, and paneer ingredients; you can leave out the elements you don't want to use, or add them all so it is 'ten gems' if you wish. From LunaCity on allrecipes.com
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 1⁄3 cup mixed nuts (cashews, pistachios, almonds)
- 1 medium onion, grated
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic paste
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ginger paste
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup raisins
- 1⁄2 cup chopped carrot
- 1⁄2 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh green beans
- 1⁄2 cup green peas
- 1 cup chopped potato
- 4 ounces panir, cubed (Cottage Cheese)
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place mixed nuts in the skillet, cook and stir until golden brown, and set aside.
- Stir onion into the skillet, and cook until tender.
- Mix in garlic paste and ginger paste, and cook 1 minute.
- Stir in tomato sauce, cayenne pepper, turmeric, coriander, and garam masala.
- Pour in water, and mix in raisins, carrots, green bell pepper, beans, peas, and potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
- Heat remaining oil in a separate skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the paneer on both sides, until golden brown.
- Drain on paper towels. Place in a bowl with enough hot water to cover for about 2 minutes to soften, then stir into the skillet with the vegetables.
- Stir milk and cream into the skillet with the vegetables and paneer. Bring to a boil, and continue cooking 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
This was a good, easy and mellow korma. I did half the cayenne after reading other reviews, and I thought with that change there was a nice balance (though I hardly found it overly hot, I think it would be fine as written) I used tofu in place of the panir, and I used coconut milk for the milk/cream. Kept all the other veggies as listed. Served with Naan. This one goes into the recipe box! I keep thinking it would be a great dinner party recipe, or Indian buffet addition. It tastes much like one of the kormas at our local restaurant.
Pretty good, this is a good Korma recipe. However, I'm guessing there is a typo on the amount of cayenne - I like a lot of spice, and I cut back to about half the amount of cayenne called for. Even at that, it was a little too cayenne-ish. I would ramp up the other 3 spices on the next go round, and perhaps cut the cayenne even a bit more. If one was to use a lot of cream (like 1/2 cup), it might be a good level of cayenne?
Holy cats this recipe is a WINNER!! Navrantan Korma is my absolute favorite dish at a restaurant named Sitar, in Springfield, MA. This recipe is amazing... thank you so much! I am a light weight when it comes to spicy food, so I cut back the cayenne pepper to 1/4 teaspoon (and that might still be too much). I could not find panir cheese locally (truthfully, I only looked in the grocery store), so it was omitted. Also substitued 1/2 and 1/2 for heavy cream, and grated fresh garlic and ginger (too lazy to look for paste for each). This meal was darn close to perfection - thank you so much for posting this BurtonFanatic!!!