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.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

378 calories; 24.8 g total fat; 26 mg cholesterol; 1101 mg sodium. 32.4 g carbohydrates; 10.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2006
This recipe always gets rave reviews from everyone. I don't use the paneer; instead I bake or saute extra firm tofu (16 oz package) and then put this in near the end of the cooking time. Also I usually double the veggies and triple the sauce so it doesn't dry out too much (wonderful w/basmati or naan). The addition of cilantro is nice (if you like it) as well as a pinch of sugar. I plan to try brown sugar next time. Thanks for an awesome recipe!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2011
I am a vegetarian who loves Indian food. Navratan korma is my favorite! There is another vegetable korma recipe that I use at home which I really like but it's not quite perfect. So when I saw this one I was very excited! Unfortunately my husband and I were disappointed. We did not include the paneer since the grocery stores near us did not carry it. I also only used 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne for our 6-year old's sake. I still thought the hotness was disproportionate to the other spices. We couldn't taste any of the nice flavor from the turmeric etc. This dish was not bad I just didn't think it was that great either. This didn't seem to taste much like the navratan korma we order at Indian restaurants. We probably will not make this again and will continue to look for a good authentic korma recipe. Read More
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138 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 88
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2006
This recipe always gets rave reviews from everyone. I don't use the paneer; instead I bake or saute extra firm tofu (16 oz package) and then put this in near the end of the cooking time. Also I usually double the veggies and triple the sauce so it doesn't dry out too much (wonderful w/basmati or naan). The addition of cilantro is nice (if you like it) as well as a pinch of sugar. I plan to try brown sugar next time. Thanks for an awesome recipe!!! Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2006
This recipe always gets rave reviews from everyone. I don't use the paneer; instead I bake or saute extra firm tofu (16 oz package) and then put this in near the end of the cooking time. Also I usually double the veggies and triple the sauce so it doesn't dry out too much (wonderful w/basmati or naan). The addition of cilantro is nice (if you like it) as well as a pinch of sugar. I plan to try brown sugar next time. Thanks for an awesome recipe!!! Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2005
I absolutely loved this recipe! I did tweek it abit for our personal tastes. We used a chopped tomato instead of tomato sauce and coconut milk for milk and heavy cream. I thought the spicing was just wonderful we will definitely be eating this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2005
Great recipe! Since I don't like a lot of spicy "heat" I cut the amount of cayenne in half. It still had a "bite" to it and several of my guests found it a little too spicy for them. Next time I may cut the cayenne down a bit further. Be sure to use golden raisins - I used dark raisins and they looked like bugs mixed in! I added some cauliflower flowerettes like my favorite Indian restaurant does. That restaurant also adds a little fresh cilantro which I'll add next time since I love cilantro. I couldn't find garlic paste and ginger paste so I just used fresh minced garlic and fresh minced ginger. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2007
Made this for my first dinner party ever - added coconut milk to the cream and milk and also added pineapple at the end. I omitted the paneer since I made it with the Absolutely Amazing Palak Paneer from this site. I also omitted green beans and peas. The pineapple added a sweet unique addition and much to my relief everyone loved it - I actually ran out of food! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2007
This dish was so delicious I will be using this as a regular recipe! To save time(and just 'cause I was lazy)I used frozen mixed vegetables and I cubed the potato into pea sized pieces(as per other reviews) cooking it in oil before adding the onion. Reduced the cayenne. No nuts in my cupboards no problem!! Great even without. No paneer either....just added extra veggies. Next time I will make sure to have cashews and paneer on hand though. The raisins were a great touch. There were just enough in the dish to leave me wanting more. Also I used part yogurt and part cream instead of milk and cream. I will be making this again and again! Thanks for such a fabulous recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2007
Absolutely divine and quite easy too! I wasn't able to find any paneer at any of the local grocery stores so I ended up making my own by curdling heavy milk with lime juice and letting it air dry. I too substituted some coconut milk for the regular milk in the recipe and added fresh cilantro. I just finished the leftovers on a tortilla for lunch today and it was just as good as last night! This will be a regular recipe at our house! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2007
Wonderful recipe! You can really use almost whatever veggies you have which is the beauty of it. I used a red and orange bell pepper squash potatoes tomatoes golden raisins carrots walnuts coconut milk instead of cream curry powder instead of garam masala and ginger powder instead of the paste. It turned out great!! I highly recommend pairing this with the Indian Style Basmati Rice: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Indian-Style-Basmati-Rice/Detail.aspx Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2011
I am a vegetarian who loves Indian food. Navratan korma is my favorite! There is another vegetable korma recipe that I use at home which I really like but it's not quite perfect. So when I saw this one I was very excited! Unfortunately my husband and I were disappointed. We did not include the paneer since the grocery stores near us did not carry it. I also only used 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne for our 6-year old's sake. I still thought the hotness was disproportionate to the other spices. We couldn't taste any of the nice flavor from the turmeric etc. This dish was not bad I just didn't think it was that great either. This didn't seem to taste much like the navratan korma we order at Indian restaurants. We probably will not make this again and will continue to look for a good authentic korma recipe. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2006
This is an exception version of the classic Indian dish. This is an excellent opportunity for home cooks to try a complicated Indian dish. The spicing is just right. Read More
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