(9 Gems) Kurma
from Asha Kumar - Detroit, Michigan,
The name of the curry ' Navrathan' stands for 9 gems - that's 9
different vegetables are used to create a unique and outstanding
This curry used to be served to Kings in the princely states of
India, before Independence.
You can use any vegetables you best like, but I prefer it with the
vegetables listed below.
This can be the main side-dish when you are giving a formal dinner
for 5 - 6 people.
For garnishing, fried golden nuts are added on top along with chopped
This dish goes best with 'pooris' or deep-fried breads.
- The 9 vegetables:
- 1 tomato -diced
- 1 potato - diced
- ½ cup green beans - cut into small pieces
- ½ cup fresh peas
- ½ cup fresh corn
- 1 small onion - diced
- 1 small beetroot - diced
- ½ cup diced baby carrots
- ½ cup diced cauliflower florets
- 2 tsp chilli powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garam masala powder
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp coconut powder
- 2 cloves
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- ¼ tsp asafoetida
- 3 tblsp olive oil
- 5 cashews
- 5 raisins
- cilantro leaves
Cook all the vegetables in a pressure cooker or on the stove,
until they are tender and soft.
In a blender, put diced tomatoes, salt, chilli powder, garam masala,
turmeric, cloves, cinnamon powder and coconut and blend well.
Keep a large, non-stick frying pan on heat, add 1 tblsp olive
When the oil becomes hot, add cashews and raisins and fry well for
Remove them from the oil and set aside.
Add 2 tblsp olive oil again to the pan.
Add cumin seeds and asafoetida when the oil becomes hot.
Fry well for 2 minutes.
Then add all cooked vegetables, blended mixture, stir well and cook
for 10 minutes, until the curry becomes thick and syrupy.
Remove from heat and transfer to a serving platter.
Garnish with fried nuts, raisins, cilantro leaves and serve hot.