Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Navaratna Kurma

Ingredients
Carrot-1
Potato-1
Cauliflower Florets-1/4cup
Beans-5
Peas-one fist full
Pineapple Chunks-1/4cup
Seedless Black grapes-7
Raisins-7
Almonds-5
Onion-1
Cloves-2
Elaichi-1
Green Chillies-3(adjust to your spice level)
Bay leaf-1
Cumin seeds-1teaspoon
Chopped Ginger-garlic -1teaspoon
Coriander powder-1/2teaspoon
Cumin powder-1/2teaspoon
Pepper powder-1/2teaspoon
2% reduced fat milk-1/2 to 3/4cup
Oil
Salt


Method
Cut the carrot-potato-beans-cauliflower into uniform sized chunks, cook them separately with enough salt and keep it aside. (Keep an eye that the veggies are done but still firm.)

Cook the chopped onion-almonds-cloves and elaichi in boiling water till the onion becomes soft. Drain the excess water, peel the skin of the almonds and grind everything into fine paste.

Heat oil in a kadai, make the tempering with cumin seeds and bay leaf & ginger garlic pieces. Add the onion paste and green chillies.

Cook the masala on low heat till the onion mixture becomes dry..add cumin and coriander powders, cook for few more minutes without burning the masala.

Add 11/2cups of water [can use the water drained from the onions ] and bring it to boil. Then add the cooked veggies,peas and pineapple chunks.

Adjust the salt and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Now add the pepper powder and the milk.

Once the gravy starts boiling, switch off the stove, add the raisins and grapes, garnish with Cilantro.
Navaratna kurma is ready to serve!
We had it with roti's. Goes well with rice items as well.

Note
  • My DH was a bit reluctant to try this as he is not a great fan of any mild kurmas. But after tasting my version, he said this is 1st time he has tasted this much spicy Navaratna kurma!! LOL!! :) So adjust the number of green chillies-cloves-pepper powder according to your taste buds!
  • I didn't add paneer, roasted nuts or cream and still it tasted great. [relished it guilt free!;)]. If you are making for parties, you can add all these items and the kurma will be more rich in taste.

18 comments:

  1. adding pineapple and grapes in akuruma is totally new to me...looks very yummy...

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  2. looks fabulous, yummy and tempting.

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  3. looks wonderful! So, I made a basic vegetable kurma recently and I soak poppy seeds with cashew and coconut. I learned the trick from Nupur at One hot Stove! It came out quite delicious :) Just a thought from my recent kurma experience.

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  4. Total restuarant style, creamy, yummy goodness ~ liked the addition of fruits in there :)
    Us Masala

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  5. Love this any time... Urs look so creamy and restaurant-y.

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  6. love the addition of grapes n pineapple so so yumm

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  7. Looks so yummy. Has been on my todo list for awhile now.

    Vardhini
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  8. Very interesting Kurma recipe, nice combination of fruits & veggies. YUMMY!

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  9. Looks Delicious and perfect. Addition of pineapple adds taste to the recipe. Yummyy.

    Cheers,
    Uma

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  10. Thanks for the comments dear friends!

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  11. hubby's fav. looking delicious. i have to make this.

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  12. Kurma looks good and well explained !

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  13. First time here. Very interesting recipe.

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  14. Creamy and rich gravy. Looks delicious.

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