Vegetable (Navratan) Korma

May 3rd, 2007 filed under Gluten Free, Paneer (Indian Cheese), Vegetables Curry / Gravy
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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 4Vegetable Korma


  • 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


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


  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.

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100 Responses to “Vegetable (Navratan) Korma”

  1. Kashyapa says:

    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. Darcie Cimarusti says:

    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,

  3. Roohi says:

    HI manjula aunty! before trying i want to know y u did not mention about salt

  4. Britt says:

    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!

  5. Svetlana says:

    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!

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  7. Lesli Chavali says:

    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!!

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  9. Almariel says:

    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!

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