Starting this Monday, we are into our 27th Foodie Monday Blog Hop event and the theme for this Monday is North Indian Cuisine. North Indian cuisine is a part of Indian cuisine, from the region of Northern India and includes the Awadhi cuisine, Bihari cuisine, Bhojpuri cuisine, Kumauni cuisine, Cuisine of Kashmir, Mughlai cuisine, Punjabi cuisine, Rajasthani cuisine, Cuisine of Uttar Pradesh. North Indian cuisine has had strong Central Asian influences as compared to its southern or eastern counterpart.
North Indians and their food are inseparable. The role of food in Northern India is not just to satisfy hunger pangs but a lot more than that. Northern Indians take their food very seriously and cooking it is no less than a ritual when compared to other parts of the country, where you can still hope to make yourself a quick meal without indulging in elaborate procedures. The North of India is centre of some of the best culinary delicacies and varieties of food.
North Indian cuisine is distinguished by the proportionally high use of dairy products such as milk, paneer, ghee and yoghurt . Gravies are typically dairy-based. North Indian cooking features the use of the “tawa” (griddle) for baking flat breads like roti and paratha, and “tandoor” (a large and cylindrical charcoal-fired oven) for baking breads such as naan, and kulcha; main courses like tandoori chicken also cook in the tandoor.
So going by the today’s theme of North Indian Cuisine, my pick is a very popular dish amongst North Indians. This exotic Mughalai cuisine inspired preparation is known as ‘Navaratan Korma. ‘Navaratan’ means nine jewels and ‘Korma means a silky buttery sauce which is very smooth in texture.This dish is supposed to contain a mix of 9 fruits, vegetables and fried nuts. In true Mughlai cuisine fashion, cream (or cashew nut paste) is added to form the gravy. This is different from the less rich coconut basedmixed vegetable curryfrom South India.
Before learning the recipe for this korma, a little bit of background and history of this needs to be told. “Navratan”is an amalgam of the words “Nav” meaning nine and “ratan” meaning gems or precious stones. The most famous of the Mughal rulers wasAkbar the Great. Despite being illeterate, Akbar liked to be surrounded by intelligent and talented people. He appointed 9 such people who were also his advisers and friends and he called them “Navratan” or his nine gems. This dish is named Navratan korma as it contains 9 different, pretty components. The gravy itself is pale so as to allow “9 gems” to stand out.
Prep Type: 30 minutes