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Vegetable Korma and Onion Pulav is a delicious and delicate combination of Ingredients, Spices and Textures. Korma is a flavorful curry base with addition of vegetables or protein of choice. Onion Pulav is a delicate rice preparation made with ghee, onions and basmati rice.
Vegetable Korma and Onion Pulav
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NOTE – This meal combination has been created by me, keeping in mind the spices and ingredients available easily in American stores.
Korma is a Moghul dish, which traces back its origin to 16th century when Moghul rulers traveled to India. To be precise, it has it’s roots from Turkish Cuisine, where it is called Kurmah, which means braising of meat with a gravy or curry. It then got adapted in India and has lots of regional versions, from the use of cream, coconut milk, yogurt and the paste of the nuts.Delicately textured and rich in taste, is the characteristic of a good Nawabi Khana. This curry has beautiful flavors of coconut and cashews, where as accompanied with some hearty vegetables.
2. Reduce the heat and add the bay leaf and cinnamon stick to it. Sauté for a few seconds and then add the korma paste to it. If it is too thick, add little water and stir. Add turmeric powder, salt, garam masala, and red chili powder to it. Stir.
3. Cook on low flame while stirring often. After 7-8 minutes, the paste will thicken and come together. We are not browning the paste. We are retaining its delicate yellow color.
4. Now add steamed vegetables to it. Add 1&1/2 cups of water and mix well.
5. Let it cook for 10-15 minutes on low flame until everything looks married well.
6. You may add some raisins and cashews to it, if you like.
The curry is ready to be served with Naan or Onion Pulav / Pilaf!
Onion Pulav / Pilaf
Onion Pulav is a flavorful rice preparation. The onions are Caramelized delicately and then rice is cooked with onions and some whole spices. It is exotic as well as an easy preparation with clean and tender flavors. The aroma is unmatched. I make it quite often with other curries a as well.
This is how to make it.
Serves : 6 to 8 people
Kitchen Equipments Required
Chopping board, knife, heavy bottom sauce pan with lid, stirrer, and fork.
Basmati Rice : 2 cups, cleaned and soaked in just enough water to cover these for 15-20 minutes.
Onions : 1&1/2 cups, peeled, washed and chopped thin into slivers.
Oil : 1/2 tbsp
Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
Bay leaf : 1
Cinnamon stick : 1 small
Sugar : 1/4 tsp
Green cardamoms : 2-3
Black pepper corns : 6-7
Cloves : 3-4
Garam masala : 1/2 to 3/4 tsp
Salt : 1 tsp
Water : 2&1/2 cups
1. Heat oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan. Once it becomes hot, lower the flame. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, green cardamoms, cloves and black pepper corns. Sauté on low flame till cumin seeds crackle.
Note: Keep your face back since cloves can be notorious and jump out.
2. Now add sliced onions and sugar to the pan. Stir well. Cook on medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions become pinkish golden. It takes about 7-8 minutes. The sugar helps in giving onions a good caramelized color.
3. Now drain the water from the soaked rice and add the rice to the pan carefully. Add garam masala and salt. Stir well and sauté for 30-45 seconds like that.
4. Add water. Stir and close the lid. Cook on low flame until the water evaporates. It will take approximately 10 minutes. Switch off the flame. Let it stand covered, without touching it for another 7-8 minutes.
5. Open the lid and let stand for 2-4 minutes. Now take a fork and fluff it gently. This gives you a great texture and beautiful looking rice.
Serve it warm with the Veg Korma.
I had a great time creating this dish in my kitchen. I am sure you will love it too :).
is it wrong that i’m craving for this at 4.30am?:) looks delish!
What gorgeous food and styling! Thankyou for sharing 🙂 x
Thanks for appreciating :).
Thanks for sharing! x
Your pictures are stunning, and I’m so glad you brought a full meal to fill us up at the party. Thank you for sharing, and happy FF!
Thanks for appreciating it Kaila :).
Sonal….not only is this beautiful…but I know that it is just as delicious…It is definitely time for me to try curry… I’ve never tried it..but your photos have given me such inspiration. Lovely post, my friend. <3
Thanks Prudy! Curry should come easy peasy for you, given the amount of talent you have. You will love the fact that you tried it :).
can i come around? Please? did i say please already? 😀
Justine, just ring the door bell ;).
lol, ok, there in 5!!
What a beautiful feast! I can’t wait to have a party now!!!
:). Thanks Ginger
Sonal the food you’ve made and the table setting you’ve arranged is absolutely perfect! Love this post! Enjoy the weekend!
Thanks :). Have a super weekend !
It looks wonderful and very tasty, Sonal 🙂
Thanks Linda 🙂
I am going over to look at the recipe next but just wanted to say that your styling and photography are just going from strength to strength, Sonal xx
Thanks Selma :). I appreacite that you noticed and liked it ! Have a super weekend!
Yummm, all that in one sitting? How absolutely divine and so healthy too! Love korma and your dishes and photography really enhance the entire meal.
Thanks Loretta 🙂
Thats look fab! i would join you for sure!! an no meat!! brilliant!!
Your are mosy welcome dude :). Anytime!
Oh my goodness Sonal, your photographs are stellar! Fantastic.
Thank you so much Seana :).
Thanks for these great recipes, and for considering our limitations in finding ingredients. Bookmarked this! Have a lovely weekend.
Thanks Hilda :). Have a lovely weekend !
Hi Sonal, so happy to see you at FF! As you may or may not know I absolutely LOVE anything with the word “korma” attached to it, because I love that creamy sauce. When I was in my 20s I used to go to the same Indian restaurant once a week and order the SAME. THING. Bengan Bharta and Navratan Korma plus oodles of garlic naan. Your pilaf looks so perfect with the rice so nicely separated but looking very moist and fluffy, also I appreciate your utilizing ingredients that we can find in U.S. markets . . . very helpful! Have a great weekend!
Thanks Sue:). I had a hunch that you like Indian cuisine as well, the kinda fabulous foodie you are :). I hope that you try this soon. I will soon bring the Baingan Bharta, just for you !
I adore Indian food I just never make traditional stuff at home, even though I’m always using Indian spices and ghee.
I am a very un unconventional Indian cook myself. Grew up in a household where mum cooked fab food but didnt pass any heritage of traditional food. I loved eating so ate and tried to recretae most of the things based on my self attained knowledge of sniff and touch ;)….thankfully it has worked so far Sue. I use easy short cuts and whoch are successfuk most of the time :).
Where do you live again? Can I come over? I mean it, Sonal! That meal is FABULOUS!! I’m hoping I can make this in my kitchen soon.
Cincinnati Ohio ;)….. Come over anytime…. It would be my pleasure to cook for you !
I’m on the next plane, watch out! 🙂
It looks stunning and delicious, Sonal!! Wow!
Thanks Lauzan :). I glad that you liked it!
I love onion pilaf <3 a perfect combo with vegetable korma 🙂
It was Andy 🙂
I had an entry for onion pulav, wasn’t great. Am so trying this. My mum does a South Indian version. This looks so so good
Thanks Charanya :).
The onion pilaf is so interesting; cant wait to try it out.
Thanks Dhanya :). I am glad that you liked the pilaf :).
The meal you created is stunning, Sonal. Thank you for your kind words. I treasure your friendship.
I treasure your friendship too Gina! Stay connected :).
The korma looks so wonderfully comforting with the right spices and vegetables. Works so well with onion pilaf…Great ideas, Sonal:)
Thanks Peri :). I am so delighted to see you here :).
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That would make a lovely dinner!
I am sure! My family loved it :).
I saved the recipe. It looks amazing, I cannot wait to try it.