Navratan kurma used to be first in the wish list during our visits to the restaurants, awesome taste and texture. The combination of nuts and fruits embedded in the gravy alongside the veggies is a true delight for the eyes and the tongue. It is indeed a blend of tastes and is a 'Navratan' in literal terms. This is a very simple preparation and once the necessary ingredients are ready, gets done very quickly. Here goes the recipe:Ingredients:
Potatoes - 2 nos. (chopped)
Carrots - 1/2 cup (chopped)
Beans - 1/2 cup (chopped)
Cauliflower - 1/2 cup (florets)
Green bell pepper - 1/2 cup (chopped)
Peas - 1/2 cup
Onion - 2 nos. (chopped)
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Tomato paste - 3 tbsp
Cashews and raisins - 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 3/4 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Heavy cream - 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves - 1/2 tsp (finely chopped)
Roast the cashews and keep aside.
In two tablespoon of oil in a pan add the chopped onions and cook it until soft. The heat should be in the minimum so that the masalas do not get burnt. Mix the ginger garlic paste and stir till it leaves a beautiful aroma. Now, add the turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder and the garam masala powder. Mix the tomato paste and add water. Once this mixture comes to a boil, add all the chopped veggies and salt. Cover with a lid for the veggies to cook in the masala. Once it is cooked, stir in the heavy cream and add the roasted cashews and raisins. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
Creamy and tasty Navratan kurma ready to serve.
“Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.”- Marcel Boulestin