Dry Navratan Korma Recipe

Dry Navratan Korma Recipe is a delicious dry vegetable curry made with 9 ingredients. A variation to the popular the gravy version of the navratan kurma this recipe makes a great side dish. Serve along with a dal and phulka or pack it in your lunch box.

Shaheen Ali
Dry Navratan Korma Recipe
1555 ratings.

Dry Navratan Korma Recipe is a variation of the curry version of the same. Navratan Korma aka Nine- Gem-Curry gets its name after the nine ingredients 9 vegetables, fruits and nuts used in making a creamy, semi-sweet Mughlai Curry.

This royal curry was made in the imperial kitchens known as 'Bawarchi Khana' for the Kings and the Queens during the Mughal Era. Navratan Korma is a blend of spices with cream and nut paste.

The royalty looks in the very first looks of the delicacy specially when it is garnished with fried cottage cheese and fruits. Usually Navratan Korma has a thick creamy curry, but you always have an option to add water, milk while cooking to increase the volume of the curry so that it can go well with rice.

Serve Dry Navratan Korma along with Dal Banjara Recipe and Phulkas for an everyday meal. Goes well with Kashmiri Pulao or Butter Naan, accompanied with some fresh green salad and Cucumber and Green Chilli Raita.

Here are a few more Dry Sabzi Recipes, that you must try for the everyday recipes:

  1. Dry Chole Recipe (Dry Masala Chickpeas)
  2. Dry Methi Malai Matar Recipe
  3. Hari Dhania Ki Sabzi (Fresh Coriander leaves Dry Curry) Recipe

Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

40 M


4 Servings


  • 1 Cauliflower (gobi) , cut into florets
  • 2 Carrots (Gajjar) , diced to bite-size
  • 5 Green beans (French Beans) , cut to bite-size
  • 1/2 cup Green peas (Matar)
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (Capsicum) , diced to bite-size
  • 2 Potatoes (Aloo) , diced to bite-size
  • 2 Onions , chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger , chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic , chopped
  • 2 Green Chilli , chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes , pureed
  • 1-1/5 tablespoons Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garam masala powder , (or Kitchen King Masala)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • Salt , as needed
  • Oil , as required
  • Whole spices:
  • 2 Bay leaves (tej patta)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 2 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Ajwain (Carom seeds)
  • Other Ingredients:
  • 100 grams Paneer (Homemade Cottage Cheese) , cubed
  • 1 cup Fresh cream
  • 1/2 cup Cashew nuts , ground to paste
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple , cut to bite-size chunks
  • 1/2 cup Anardana Powder (Pomegranate Seed Powder)
  • 2 tablespoons Sultana Raisins
  • Cashew nuts , split, handful
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , few for garnishing
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , few for garnishing

How to make Dry Navratan Korma Recipe

  1. To begin making Dry Navratan Korma Recipe, prepare and keep all the ingredients on the kitchen counter first.

  2. Heat a little oil in a shallow frying pan and shallow fry the paneer chunks on all sides till crisp and keep aside on a kitchen towel to drain any excess oil.

  3. Add more oil if required, add whole spices mentioned, and as soon as they crackle, add onions and saute till they soften and are translucent.

  4. Now add chopped ginger garlic and green chilies and fry till raw smell goes and turns brownish in color.

  5. Now add tomato puree and saute till the raw smell disappears.

  6. Add all the chopped vegetables and peas excluding paneer, nuts, and fruits.

  7. Mix well and add coriander powder, red chili powder and kitchen king masala or garam masala and fry till cooked well.

  8. Add a little oil if you feel that the curry is too dry. Now add cashew paste and fresh cream.

  9. Mix well till everything incorporates well with each other. You may see the curry getting thicker, so add little water, around 1/2 cup and stir and allow the vegetables to cook on low flame. Keep the lid closed.

  10. This may take around 7-8 minutes.

  11. Once you see the vegetables softening, add raisins and split cashew nuts and mix well.

  12. Cook for another few minutes until cashews and raisins are incorporated with flavours.

  13. Let all the vegetables be cooked to el dente, and not soggy.

  14. Now add the pineapple chunks and half of the pomegranate, mix and turn off the gas flames.

  15. Add fried paneer pieces on the top and garnish with freshly chopped coriander, some split cashews, and pomegranate pearls.

  16. Serve Dry Navratan Korma along with Dal Banjara Recipe and Phulkas for an everyday meal. Goes well with Kashmiri Pulao or Butter Naan, accompanied with some fresh green salad and Cucumber and Green Chilli Raita.