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Navrathan (9 Gems) Kurma
from Asha Kumar - Detroit, Michigan, USA

The name of the curry ' Navrathan' stands for 9 gems - that's 9 different vegetables are used to create a unique and outstanding curry.
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 cilantro leaves.
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 oil.
When the oil becomes hot, add cashews and raisins and fry well for 2 minutes.
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.