Asma Khan’s nine-jewel korma

Turn veg into star-studded gems with whatever you have in the fridge in this delicious South Asian 'nine-jewel' korma from chef Asma Khan.

Navratan (or nine-jewel korma) is a traditional South Asian style of gem-setting based on nine different  precious stones. This korma is made up of nine colourful vegetables. It’s a great way to use up odd veg from your fridge. Try red, yellow and orange peppers, aubergine, courgettes, baby sweetcorn, mangetout, cabbage and spinach.

Or you could par-boil some carrots, parsnips, potatoes, French beans and pumpkin, then add red pepper, peas, sweetcorn and purple sprouting broccoli. A comforting, creamy (and extremely nutritious) curry that is ideal for children, too!


1kg mixed vegetables

6 tbsp vegetable oil

2.5-cm piece of cassia bark

2 green cardamom pods

1 clove

1 large bay leaf

2 large onions, cut in half and thinly sliced

3–4 garlic cloves, crushed

6-cm piece of fresh ginger, grated

2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tsp salt

250g full-fat Greek-style yoghurt

400ml thick coconut milk

2 tbsp ground almonds


Cut all the vegetables into evenly sized pieces and set aside on a tray.

Heat the oil in a deep pan over a medium–high heat. Add the cassia bark,  cardamoms, clove and bay leaf, then immediately add the onions and fry until golden brown.

Add the garlic and ginger and stir for 1 minute. Then add the ground  oriander, chilli powder, sugar and salt and stir for 2 minutes. Add the yoghurt, lower the heat to medium and stir until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add all the vegetables, stir and cook until tender. If the vegetables start to stick, add a splash of water.

When they are cooked, add the coconut milk and ground almonds, and stir

until the gravy thickens. Taste and adjust the seasoning before serving. This korma goes very well with any kind of rice or pulao, and is a great accompaniment for meat or fish.

Asma Khan is the founder of Darjeeling Express restaurant and former Wicked Leeks cover star.

Ammu: Indian Home Cooking to Nourish Your Soul by Asma Khan (£26, Ebury Press) is out now.

A guest recipe box with a recipe from Asma’s new book is available to pre order through Riverford.


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