Navrattan Korma


Creamy and decadent Navratan Korma is a rich dish made with an assortment of veggies, fruits and nuts. It pairs well with naan or tandoori roti.
This navratan korma recipe is an Indian vegetable curry 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.

The base for navratan korma is made with onion, ginger, garlic, cashews and poppy seeds. Some people also add almonds and melon seeds to the base. Since, I only had cashews and poppy seeds that’s what I used.

In fact, it will also work with cashews only. So if you don’t have poppy seeds, don’t worry about it. Skip and make the recipe with cashews only.


Navratan korma is a rich luxurious curry dish made with mixed vegetables and lot of dry fruits. This recipe is flavorful and mildly sweet. It is made with 9 ingredients and consists of plenty of nuts, dry fruits, assorted vegetables, fruits, cream, a lot of spices and a few herbs. There are both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian versions of preparing this dish. This recipe is a delicious vegetarian version of navratan korma.

Do you know why this recipe is called as Navratan korma?  The dish is named as a tribute to the original navratan – the nine jewels or the nine courtiers of the Mughal emperor Akbar.

By the way for all those who do not know the Hindi language, ‘Nav’ means nine and ‘ratan’ means a jewel. So the English translation of navratan is nine jewels. And korma or kurma is a dish with yogurt, cream, nuts and seeds paste or a coconut base. 


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