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Vegetable (Navratan) Korma

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Vegetable Korma is a delicious combination of several vegetables in a creamy sauce. It is often served in Indian restaurants. Korma can be served with any Indian bread or rice.

Serves 4

Vegetable KormaIngredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped vegetables (cauliflower, green peas, carrot, green beans, red bell pepper)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fried paneer
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 seeded finely chopped green chili
  • 1 tablespoon shredded ginger
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor powder)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch

Garnish

  • 1/2 cup seeded and chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

Method

  1. Mix the shredded ginger, green chili, coriander powder, turmeric, and cayenne pepper with 2 tablespoons of water and set aside.
  2. Mix cornstarch with milk and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if it cracks right away oil is ready.
  4. Add the asafetida and cumin seeds. After cumin seeds crack, add the bay leaves and the spice mixture. Fry for a few seconds until the spices start separating from the oil.
  5. Add the cauliflower, green peas, carrot and green beans. Mix well and cover the pan. Let the vegetables cook on medium heat for about 7 to 8 minutes. The vegetables should be cooked just about half way.
  6. Add the bell pepper and paneer. Mix well. Add the milk/cornstarch mixture and cook until the vegetables are tender. Add more milk if needed for more gravy.
  7. Turn off the heat. Mix in the garam masala, amchoor powder and cilantro.
  8. Place the vegetable korma in a serving dish and garnish with chopped tomatoes. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

  1. Substitute any vegetable, for example potatoes, cabbage, corn, and mushrooms or other vegetables. Four to six vegetables are a good number to use.
  2. Tofu can be used instead of paneer.
  3. For the gravy, you may replace 1-cup milk with 3/4 cups cream for a richer texture. Blending 1/4 cup cashew nuts with 1-cup milk will also give the gravy a richer texture.

100 thoughts on “Vegetable (Navratan) Korma

  1. Corn starch is basically a thickening agent isn’t it? Can I substitute with cashews instead? Or what is the substitute for corn starch.

  2. I made this last night for my husband and twin 7 year olds, and EVERYONE loved it! Luckily I doubled the recipe, because they devoured it!

    Manjula, I absolutely adore learning to cook Indian food from you! Thank you for your website!
    Best regards,
    Darcie

  3. Hi Manjula!

    Any suggestion on a vegan substitute for the 1cup milk used in this recipe? I tried coconut once and it completely ruined the dish :( It’s a little too much work to perform trial and error. Do you think I could just sub cashew cream or silken tofu? Thanks in advance and keep up the great work!

  4. Dear Manjula,
    My 3 y.o. son loves when we make dishes from your website. He comes from school and asks, if we will be making something with Manjula. So, tonight we will be making the vegetable korma! Thank you for a great presentation of your recipes.
    We are big fans!

  5. This dish was awesome! I did add a little salt & only 1/4 tsp. cayenne (which was plenty hot for me)! I will be making this again!!

  6. Dear Manjula,

    I tried the recipe together with the one for homemade paneer and plain rice and it was sooooo delicious!! Everybody praised the dish! I will definitely try more recipes (esp. as I got so many Indian spices now).
    Thank you so much for this site and the wonderful work that you do here!

  7. Hello Mrs Manjula

    Wanted to say thank you for this tasty recipe!! I just made it for the first time & waiting for my guests to have it with tandoori chicken curry & Kashmiri style pulao (all of which I found online!:). I couldn’t find paneer sadly but it still came out great! … Can the same recipe’s basic spice & milk mixture be used to cook a chicken/lamb curry? thanks!!

  8. Good afternoon Mrs Manjula,
    I’m from Colombia but I really love indian food.
    This new recipe: Vegetables Korma is really tasted, unfortunatelly I think mine is not as delicious as your, because I can’t find all the ingredients.

    All the information is perfect!
    Thanks.

    1. Chuck,
      Paneer has a different texture after frying. If you are using homemade paneer some time can crumble while cooking if paneer is not fried. But if you are using store bought paneer it is more firm and you can use without frying but texture is different after frying.

  9. hi Manjula,
    i tried your korma recipe and I want to thank you very much. It was very good :) You have given me the basic recipe to use to try other things… coconut milk, potatos, and other healthy vegatables. Indian cooking is so much fun and tasty vegan too!

  10. Allah!
    Anti ap ki recipes are soooooooo fantastic. I am from Pakistan and here no one can provide such a huge range of vegetarian recipes. So thanks to youtube through which you give us such amazing things which we can only imagine otherwise.
    Anti i adore your recipes.

  11. I have a very different recipe that my mom makes…which involves cashew paste. Its sinfully awesome. I was wondering if you make that version too ? Also this seems like a healthier version. I do frequent your website and love your Palak Paneer. Again another sinfully awesome dish.

  12. Hello Manju Aunty,
    I call u like tht since the time I have known abt u. U r such an amazing cook and a loving motherly being…wenevr I see you i just think u r my mom n teaching me these recipes and beleive me not a single recipe till now has gone unsucessful. My husband doesnt eat anything without onions bt from ur website I have made the recipes without onions and he does nt knw it…we all say manju aunty jindabad!! Hip Hip Hurray!!! u r great!!!

  13. Hi Manjulaji,
    You are truly a great chef :) I luved trying ur recipes and the results have been really amazing! Earlier I used to always cook in a hurry and never give enough time for the masalas to blend in. The videos have been really helpful.
    Just waiting for my family to relish the delicious navrathan kurma.
    And thanks for teaching me to cook without onions!
    -Vidya

  14. thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m tired of going out for Indian food and spending at least 20 dollars (canadian) since i’m a student this is a luxury i can’t afford anyways long story short my boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the vegetable korma and will definaltely keep making it
    I used the same kind of paneer you used and its not as good as the kind that i get from the restaurants it sort of tastes rubbery a bit
    any suggestions?
    thanks so much!!!

    1. Try frying the paneer until light golden brown. Then add it to warm water and let it sit for about 10 mins. This takes excess oil from frying and makes the paneer soft. Hope this helps.

  15. Dearest Manjula,

    Thank you so much for teaching me how to cook Indian cuisine. My household is slowly becoming vegetarian and with your wonderful website, the process is becoming easier. Thank again for sharing your talent.

  16. Auntie thankyou again made the navratan korma came out superb even though I forgot amchur and corn flour.
    Please see if you can provide us recipe for Dough-nuts all I found were with eggs wish for an eggless doughnut recipe.

    Kind regards.

  17. We love this site! Thank you so much! I hope you’re making a bundle off the advertisers. We use your videos every time we make a new meal. Last night we made Palak Paneer and Aloo Mattar. Delicious! Thank you! What a great resource you are! We are going to make this Navratam Korma this week.

  18. Hello Manjulaji….
    i made this dish yesterday and it turned out just superb….My son and husband simply loved it….Thanks very much for such simple and quick recipes

  19. Hi Manjula ji,

    Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe (like all your other recipes) with us. I was wondering if we could use coconut milk instead of plain milk. I would like to know what do you feel about it..

    Regards!

  20. I have been looking for a quick and simple recipe for Navratan Korma, I tried this out today and it has turned out YUM!! Thanks for the lovely recipes and your videos are a big help!! Thanks Manjula Ji.

  21. Amma,

    Really great taste. I have followed the same procedure,it came out really good.
    The way in which you are giving explanation is really a motherly touch.

    Once again thanks amma.
    Long Live amma.

  22. Hi Aunty,

    Your recipes are wonderful and so delicious !!

    I do not have cornflour at the moment… Can you pls tell me wat substitute I can use for this recipe instead of cornflour??

    Thanks Aunty

  23. Manjula Ji…your recipes are wonderful!! I often keep trying them as I need to keep making new dishes for my two sons! And its great that they are all vegetarian! Could you please show/tell us how to make vegetable burgers with loads of veggies so that they are both healthy and tasty.
    Many thanks.

  24. This website is really gr8 . i have impressed my inlaws and my hubby with these recipes.Can anyone letme know what are the different thickening agents thatcan be used in an vegeterian subji.

    thanks

  25. You are just amazing…Since the time I am here in america and whatever I have cooked its because of you. Youre doing a great Job…Kudos and lots of best wishes

  26. HI, MAM MANY OF UR RECIPES ARE A REAL HIT, JUST CAME ACROSS UR SITE RECENTLY.WELL MY QUERY IS WHAT IS RED CAYENNE PEPPER AND WHAT DO WE CALL IT IN HINDI, SO THAT I CAN HUNT FOR IT EASILY IN INDIA.

    TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS U MAM……..

    THANKS,

    NISUPTA BHATTACHARYA

    INDIA(CHENNAI)

    1. Nisupta,

      It is basically “Lal Mirch” in hindi. You can simply look for images of red cayenne pepper on google (search for images), you will see that it is similar to “Lal Mirch” in whole.
      Hope this helps.
      Hari

  27. This (along with palak paneer) is among our very favorite recipes, and is a definite go-to when we need to economize or use up veggies. Thank you, once again, for transforming my relationship with Indian cookery, and making it something I do as a matter of course, rather than as a special treat. Oh, yes, and I can now make parathas like a pro! :-)

  28. Manjula ji
    All your dishes are good and easy to make.
    Sometimes when I get bored of making routine dishes I just get some from you. I really think you are always there to help me.
    Thanks and bye

  29. THANKS FOR GREAT RECIPES.
    My wife is really impresed but dont know my secret of getting good recipes.
    all thanks to you.
    Melbourne,AUSTRALIA

  30. Dear Manjula Aunty,
    Thank you for your wonderful recipies, they are great and very easy to cook.
    In Navratana Korma can I use Pineapple pieces ?
    Thanks…Jack

  31. namaste aunty ji…..
    apki saari dishes maine try kari hui han nd thy all come out so welll
    u r the bestttt nd thankuuu for posting such wonderful dishes i mst say….
    is dish ke liye i wanna ask tht can we use milk nd cream together…..like half cup cream nd so milk…does both these things go together….
    thankssss nd take care
    maay god bless u nd ur talent u got

  32. Manjula ji… Thank you very much for posting such tasty recipes. I have tried so many of your recipes and each one of them have come out very well.. We don’t use onion or garlic at home. So your recipes are the ones which i always follow.. please keep posting more tasty recipes. YOU ARE THE BEST..!! n thank you :)

  33. namaste auntiji,
    Thank you so much for very easy and delicious recipes.. just want to know , all your receipes are without onion and garlic.. can
    we make by adding onion and garlic ? or these are really jain dishes ? pls. advise on that.. thanks and take care.

  34. hi Manjulaji,

    i have tried some of your recipes. All came out well. Thank you for your recipes and all tips.
    can you please teach us Soan Papdi and Badhusha recipes. I love to eat these two desserts.
    Tried at home but it didn’t come out well. Eagerly waiting for your recipe videos.

  35. Hello aunti!,what’s that cayenne pepper & in most of u’r dishes u use paprika,cayenne pepper.i don’t get these..so what can i use instead of these spices.please reply to me.
    Thanks
    vaideki
    Singapore.

    1. hi vaideki …paprika is degi mirch or red chilli powder…its a little different from normal chillies as it has more color and flavour..u can use red chilli powder..if u can’t find paprika….

  36. hello aunty, all these days, i was just wondering how do they prepare this dish, especially in hotels, for its rich texture…but when i tried your recipe, i realised nothing is so difficult as it looks like….it came out too well, n whenever i prepare this, my hubby is so happy to have it with chapathis…thanx once again…n being and indian, we are proud to have a perfect chef like u….

  37. Hello Aunty!!

    Is Navratan Korma is difraferent than the Vegetable Korma??? When we try Navratan Korma outside they just add dry fruits into it like almonds, cashew nuts??? Then are they making gravy of Cashew Nuts??? Why it tests rich in flavour due to dry fruits?? Please guide. Thank you.

  38. Hi Aunty, I made this recipe it came out really nice, though i expected a sweetish tinge (the way its made in restaurants) but it was not so, I have followed yr recipe to the dot except that i had substituted cauliflower with potato. Could u pls post more subjis using karela, egg plant etc? Thanks in advance

  39. hello anutyji,

    i tried this recepi today and it came out really well. my husband liked it a lot. pleaes update with more recepies and more often too…. thanks

  40. Taru,
    I make the regular recipe in two seperate pans and then combine them together when both are cooked. Some recipes can simply be doubled in quanity and others can’t, so making the dish twice individually may be a safer alternative since you will be serving to company.
    Jaya

  41. Hello Aunty,

    Thanks for this wonderful site for providing recipes without onion and garlic.

    Aunty I would be having about 11 people for dinner and I have to prepared the above recipe, I would really appreciate if you could give me the measurements for 11 people as the above recipe is just for 4 people.

    I am looking forward to your reply.

    With thanks in advance
    Taru

  42. Hello Aunty,
    I have lernt lot from your site thankyou I was wondering if you could show sometime how to make Mali Kofta.
    Thankyou in advance.
    Take care.

  43. Hi Nadia,
    I just saw your question. My thought is that the soy, rice, and almond milks MAY be too thin and MAY alter the flavor.

    When in doubt, experiment. Make the Korma up until you need to add the milk. Now divide the Korma into two pans and add a different milk to each pan and finish the dish. Taste each and see how you like the results.

    If you do this, reply back here with how it came out in case others may have this same question. Thank you.

  44. Hello Manjula,

    I was wanting to know if I can replace the milk with soymilk, ricemilk, or almondmilk? Or if you knew of a substitute that would be just as creamy as real milk. Thank you.

  45. Hello aunty,
    namaste.
    I dont have corn starch.Can corn starch be substitued with maida or wheta flour or besan.
    Please let me know.
    Thanks in advance

  46. One of the wonderful site i have ever found in the net on cooking. being a south indian i always had a corner for north indian dishes. but, didn’t know how to go about cooking. your videos are wonderful and helped me do more of north indian dishes. thanks to you. keep adding videos they inspire a lot.

  47. Thank You!!! I have tried cooking Indian food many times but was never successful. Your videos and recipes made everything easier. I tried the Vegetable Korma and it turned out GREAT!!!!

    Can’t wait for more videos!

    Linda

  48. Manjula Ji,

    Love your website. Very precise and simplified recipies. Had a question in the Navratan recipe – are we not supposed to add any salt?

    Thanks.

  49. This turned out excellent….simple yet tasted like we have it in exotic places at a hefty price..thanks a ton Aunty, I also followed your spinach parantha recipe and dahi with this as dinner menu..only thing i tried different was to add al lthe spices in spinach as you thaw it rather than frying it ..will try yours the next time as I made it for the first time today like my mom does :)…thanks again for your time and energy in putting these famous dishes with videos online!

  50. I tried this recipe…It was awesome.This was the first time i have ever tried Navratan korma….My husband loved it.Thank u so much for sharing it with us.

  51. hello,
    can you please let me know how does the color get a light or rich color like orangish as the gravy. i often see this color in dishes at the restaurant.

    Thank you,
    Renuka Rohini

  52. AWESOME recipe. I used what I had on hand: fresh snowpeas, asparagus, and carrots, and frozen peas, plus one very dried up red bell pepper. My husband demolished it.

  53. Hi

    i tried ur chole tikki,its was very tasty.i want to know what do u mean by zucchini and where can i get zucchini.

  54. Hello Manjula!
    i am vegetarian, my name is taylor, and my husbent loves indian food, he tell’s me every day when are you going to learn indien food, so i am so happy i found your site, i want to thank you, i love your food, and the way you cook, its very clear, so keep up the good job, thanks to you my husbent and me, we are very happy.

  55. wow this is really great……..i am from kerala ,these curries r looking so great for me.manjula chechee(deedee) please add some more vegetable curries

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