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Indian Korma, the British Way

Life is full of suprises. Sometimes amusing ones. When I came to Britan years ago, it was shocking but at the same time so marvelous to see Indian restaruants more in number than Fish Chips.  I was enormously elated to see Britan’s affection for Indian curries. But life had a one more surprise to unfurl.  A couple of weeks ago, I came across a British Chef, who was just not passionate about eating Indian food, but totally zealous about cooking authentic Indian curries. This was my opportunity of learning the much loved victuals of natives around, the Root Vegetable Korma being one of them. This mild and creamy curry is a vegetairan’s delight, the freshness bursting from the fresh herbs  and sweetness from the nuts makes this dish so splendid.

1 large or 2 small parnship, peeled rough , 1 inch cubed,
1 medium swede, peeled and rough, 1 inch cubed.
4 medium carrot, peeled rough 1 inch cubed,
1 tin cocunut milk,
6 cardomon pods, dehusked and ground,
2 inch cinnamon bark or stick,
2 tsp minced chilli,
2 tbsp vegetable oil,
2 onions, roughly chopped,
3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped,
1 inch piece of ginger, grated,
2 tsp ground cumin,
2 tsp ground coriander,
2 tsp tumeric,
Season to taste salt; 2 pinches sugar, black pepper,
50 ml single or double cream,
100 cashew nuts, roughly chopped,
2 tbsp Fresh coriander, chopped

Place vegetables in pan, add cocunut milk, cardomon, cinnamon and chill and bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Cover and allow to stand. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add onions and allow to soften but not to color. Add garlic and ginger and cook gently for 2 minutes.
Add cumin, coriander and turmeric, toast the spices for a couple of minutes. Add the spice mix to vegetables along with half the cashews, salt, pepper and sugar. Cook for further 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Allow to cool for  2 minutes then stir in the cream. Toast the remaining cashews and sprinkle these and chopped coriander over the dish, serve immediately.

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Nandita said...

Absolutely delightful! Scrumptious vegie!...would do gr8 with a naan besides!

Chandni said...

Yes Nandita, Indian curries with Naan Bread are an all time a hit combination!

IPS Khurana said...

hey chandni...nice korma yaar...delicious ..
good going !

Chandni said...

Thanks Inder!

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