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Authentic Nav Rattan Curry recipe

I am in love with the Nav Rattan Curry from my local Indian food restaurant but I can't afford to eat there all the time. I am looking for an authentic recipe for this dish...I have an Indian grocery store nearby so I think I should be able to find the ingredients if I could find out what they are. the stuff they make at the restaurant is like a yellow color and has tofu and veggies. If anyone know the recipe PLEASE tell me it! TIA

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Old 08-25-2009, 07:38 PM   #2
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Re: Authentic Nav Rattan Curry recipe

I'm not finding that specific curry in my curry cookbooks (yes, books. I have an obsession with cooking curry ).

Are you just looking for veggie curries? Or just a good curry in general? Could you give me an idea of exactly what's in this one, other than tofu, so I can find something similar?
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Re: Authentic Nav Rattan Curry recipe

It is an indian dish and it is described as a homemade cheese sauce. It has several different veggies (potatoes, green beans, peas, broccoli, carrots) it has tofu it is about a medium on the hot scale but it has several spices. I have found some recipes but none of them are quite what I am looking for. It is so delicious and I just can't find the recipe anywhere.
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Re: Authentic Nav Rattan Curry recipe

Yeah, I did some more searching, and I'm finding korma recipes, which are fabulous. Korma definitely wouldn't qualify as a homeade cheese, though, imo, but what I'm reading is that true Nav Rattan is a korma dish. I found this recipe off the web that sounds promising to me:

Navratan Kurma

Ingredients:
1. Carrot, Beans, Peas, Capsicum, Cauliflower - 250 gms each.
2. Tomatoes - 750 gms
3. Onions - 500 gms
4. Ginger - 2" piece
5. Garlic - 15 pods
6. Cashews - 10
7. Curd - 1/2 cup
8. Kashmiri Chilli powder - 4-5 tbsp
9. Sugar - 1 tsp
10. Ghee - 2 tbsp
11. Oil
12. Salt - to taste

Navratan Masala
3 tbsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
2 tbsp Coriander Seeds (Dhania)
2 tbsp Cardamon Pods (Elaichi)
2 tbsp Peppercorns (Kali Mirch-Milagu)
1 tbsp Cloves (Lavang-Krambu)
1 tbsp Fennel Seeds (Saunf-Sombu)
1 tbsp Nutmeg (Jaiphal-Jaadhikkai)
2 Cinnamon Sticks (Dalchini-Pattai)
2 Bay Leaves(Tej Patta-Brinji)

For Garnishing
1. Full Cream - 100 gms
2. Corrainder Leaves


Method
1. Dry roast the ingredients for Navratan Masala one by one and blend them together to get a coarse powder.
2. Boil the cashews and grind them to a paste.
3. Cut the onions into chunks, boil and grind to a paste.
4. Dice the vegetables and parboil them.
5. Finely chop tomatoes, ginger and garlic.
6. Heat 1 tbsp oil and saute tomatoes, ginger and garlic for 2-3 mins and blen them to a fine paste.
7. Heat the ghee and 2-3 tbsp of oil in a deep pan.
8. Add the boiled onion paste, sugar and saute till it changes colour to a light brown.
9. Add salt, chilli powder, navratan masala and mix well.
10. Add the tomato paste and cook for 5 mins.
11. Add the cashew paste and 2 cups of water.
12. After it comes to a boil, add vegetables and cook for 5 mins.
13. Simmer, add curds cover and cook till oil separates.
14. Garnish with cream and chopped corriander leaves.

There is one variation where the colour of the gravy is greenish-white (the above gravy will have a dark brown-maroon colour). In this variation, chilli powder is not added. Instead, coconut, green chillies, corriander and/or mint leaves, poppy seeds(khus-khus, kasa kasa) are blended into a smooth paste and added soon after adding the navratan masala.
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Re: Authentic Nav Rattan Curry recipe

Yeah, I think I saw this one...I think it may be the best I can get...thank you for the help...do you happen to know what gms would be in terms of TBS,cups etc?
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Re: Authentic Nav Rattan Curry recipe

Does it say on the menu that it has tofu in it? Because it could be chunks of paneer cheese...they're almost completely identical in taste/mouthfeel. Maybe that will help you find the right recipe.
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Re: Authentic Nav Rattan Curry recipe

hmmm I think it said tofu but now I am second guessing that...why is delicious Indian food so hard to find?
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Re: Authentic Nav Rattan Curry recipe

Still on the search for the Nav Rattan Curry recipe...I am going to try the recipe listed above but I would really like the kind like my favorite restaurant makes...Anyone have this or know someone who might?
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Re: Authentic Nav Rattan Curry recipe



You should write in to Bon Appetit! They do a column every month where people request recipes for their favorite dishes at different restaurants. The magazine then contacts the restaurant and gets the recipe. They often have 4-5 recipes every month. That would be really cool to get the real deal!
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Here is Utube version of the Navratna Korma.

As am Indian I am happy to share receipes from India.

The website is called www.manjulaskitchen.com

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