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Navratan Korma served in a serving bowl with paratha on the side
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Navratan Korma Recipe - Instant Pot & Stovetop

Navratan Korma recipe is a mildly spiced, slightly sweet, creamy based delicious Indian Mughlai curry.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword instant pot vegetable korma, navratan korma recipe
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 365kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup (1 cup = 250 ml)

    For Onion Cashew Paste:

    • 2 medium onion (about 1.5 cups)
    • 10-12 cashew nuts
    • 3 garlic cloves
    • 1 inch ginger

    Vegetables for Navratan Korma:

    • 1 cup carrots cut into ½ inch pieces
    • 1 cup cauliflower large florets
    • ½ cup green beans cut into ½ inch pieces
    • 1 cup potato cut into ½ inch pieces
    • ½ cup green peas

    Navratan Korma Gravy:

    Other Ingredients:


    Instant Pot Method:

    • Firstly, add all ingredients mentioned in the "FOR ONION CASHEW PASTE" section to a blender. Blend to a smooth paste without adding any water. Set aside.
      step to blend onion cashews and ginger garlic collage
    • Press SAUTE on Instant Pot. Add oil, and once it's hot, add cashews, raisins, and pineapple chunks. Saute for 2 minutes.
      Once the cashews are golden brown, take the cashews, raisins, and pineapple out and set them aside.
    • Adding pineapple is optional, so if you don't like the sweetness in the dish, skip it.
      step to saute nuts and pineapple collage
    • Then, add the bay leaf, cumin seeds and let the cumin crackle.
    • Next, add the onion cashew paste and saute for 3-4 minutes or until the onion mixture turns light brown.
    • Then add the mixed vegetables.
      step to saute onion paste and add vegetables collage
    • Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, water and combine well.
      step to add veggies paneer and cashew paste collage
    • Furthermore, close the lid on the pot, set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure), and the timer to 2 minutes.
    • Once the pot beeps, Do a QUICK RELEASE (QR).
    • Then add the fried cashews, raisins, pineapple, cream, kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves), garam masala, and stir well.
      step to add cream and roasted nuts collage
    • Lastly, adjust consistency at this stage. For example, if curry is thick, add more water, milk, or cream.
      navratan kurma in instant pot insert garnished with cilantro
    • Instant Pot Navratan Korma or Vegetable Korma is ready, serve with hot with pooris, chapatis, roti & parathas.
      Navratan Korma served in a serving bowl with paratha on the side

    Stovetop Pot Method:

    • Follow the same instructions till step 7 as for the instant pot recipe in a stovetop pot/Kadai and cook covered on medium high flame for 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir 2-3 times in between to avoid burning.
      Note: When you are sauting onion-cashew paste, cook until the raw smell disappears and oil oozes out.
    • Finally add the fried cashews, raisins, pineapple, cream, kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves), garam masala, and stir well.


    I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT

    Tips & Variations:

    • You can also add 1 large tomato while grinding onion cashew paste.
    • Increase spices according to your preference. To keep white color gravy, you can add green chilies while grinding or add ground white pepper for making it spicy.
    • You can also add nuts like pumpkin seed, almonds along with cashews and raisins for the korma.
    • Pineapple is added for sweetness to the gravy, you can totally skip it. I have used canned pineapple chunks in this recipe.
    • If your gravy has a thin consistency, don't worry just add 1 tablespoon of almond meal/flour or cornflour slurry to make it thick. Or just boil for some more time till you get desired consistency.
    What other vegetables can I add in Navratan Korma?
    You can use any veggies available in your house, some more veggies that you can mix and match to make this dish.
    • broccoli
    • zucchini
    • baby corn
    • sweet corn
    • bell peppers
    • tofu
    Can I make Navratan Korma nut-free?
    I highly recommend making this dish using cashews while making the paste. But if you have a nut allergy, simply skip it or substitute with poppy seeds or melon seeds (magaz) for the cashews.
    How to make Navratan Kurma vegan?
    I have used fresh cream in this recipe but you are looking for dairy-free then replace it with ½ cup coconut cream, from the top of a can of refrigerated full-fat coconut milk or cashew cream.
    How long can you store korma in the refrigerator?
    This curry can be kept for up to three days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
    Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


    Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 383mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3130IU | Vitamin C: 29.1mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 2.6mg