I do have to mention that this is my own version - the main ingredient missing here is paneer. I did not have any Paneer with me and kind of decided at the last moment to make this - so if you are planning to make it, please add paneer for a better navarathan kurma. It does still have 8 veggies and ginger and green chilli - so that's almost navarathan. And besides, I cannot name this Astharathan! hahah
One other thing that's different is that I did not add any raisins or kismis to this like the restaurants do. I kind of kept it towards the spicier side. So, its totally upto you to add raising if you like.
And I've taken all the pictures with my new camera. I love the new camera - the pics are so much better than the old ones.
To begin with, chop and dice all your veggies. I used Cauliflower, potatoes, green beans, carrots, green peas, onions, green bell peppers and tomatoes. Also chop up some fresh ginger, garlic and green chilli. You can always skip/add things to suit your taste.
In a wide pan, add a tsp of oil. Add some Jeera to this when hot. Then, add the ginger, garlic and green chilli - fry for a min. Then, add the chopped onions and fry for another min. Now, add the green bell peppers (capsicum) and fry again for a min.
Now, add the chopped tomatoes to this and fry for another min. At this point, add the masala in here - salt, turmeric powder, 1 tsp of kashmiri red chilli powder, 2 tsp of garam masala. Mix everything well and fry for a min.
Now, add the mixed vegetables to this. Add a little bit more salt and masala if required and fry for a couple of mins.
Add about 2 cups of water to this and cook on sim for about 10 mins. Cover it with a splatter screen to keep your cooktop clean!
Let the veggies cook completely but at the same time, they should not become overcooked and mushy. Here's a picture of them boiling!
When the veggies are done, switch off the stove and add about 2 tbsp of heavy cream to this. If you don't have cream, you can add some milk and butter mixed together - but that does not give you the same taste as the cream.
Mix well and set aside. We are almost done here.
Now, in a small pan, add a tsp of ghee and fry some broken cashewnuts in there. When golden, move it over the navarathan kurma.
I just love this shot -
Garnished with a piece of basil mint from my garden!
I made some fresh regular chappathis. Serve it hot with chappathis or rotis or naan or even just mix it up with rice. Serve hot.
Enjoy. Peace Out!