Navratan Korma ~ A Typical New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve was typical, with stolen kisses and pints of cider, followed by a compulsory Rorschach Test.

There was also a rather festive curry for lunch.


Despite its relatively minor role earlier in the day, it was the curry that rounded out the evening: Chicken and Vegetable Korma with Optional Paneer was one of Sister Madly’s responses to the Rorschach Test.

Which was the wrong answer, by the way. Oh, so wrong.

Still, it was considered no more deviant than her initial response of ‘the wallpaper at Dot’s’- which, incidentally, was her first response to every card. She has a thing for that wallpaper.

Not the wallpaper at Dot's. Not a power button. Most definitely not Chicken and Vegetable Korma with Optional Paneer.

Not the wallpaper at Dot’s. Not a power button.
Most definitely not Chicken and Vegetable Korma
with Optional Paneer.

As it is now the New Year and the rest of the night is something of a blur, one can only assume that the evening ended with the same pomp and circumstance: a brisk 3 AM stroll across the room, out the back window and into the fog- with the Professors in pursuit.

But one can only assume.

Korma 2


  • oil/butter/ghee (for sauteing)
  • 2 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1½ tsp cumin
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3-5 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 2 chili peppers, chopped – OR – 7 oz. can *
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup peas
  • 4 chicken thighs, cubed (opt)
  • Paneer, pan fried and cut into chunks (opt)

(Sister Madly often uses frozen veggies- lazy, but no less tasty.)

* to up the insanity, sub jalapeno. With the seeds.

Sauté onion and garlic in oil or butter til onion is translucent – 5 min or so
Add spices, chilies and veggies, stir to combine
Add chicken (if using) and coconut milk – bring to a boil
Reduce heat & simmer until chicken and veggies are cooked – 25 min or so
Add Cream and Paneer (if using) heat for 5 minutes to absorb flavors

Chicken and Vegetable Korma

POST’S THEME SONG: Venus in Furs, Velvet Underground*

*Do not sing this during Rorschach Test. Just don’t.


8 responses

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  2. Another recipe to try! It looks lovely and sumptuous!


    November 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Made it again a few days ago- really yummy with saffron rice! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      November 19, 2014 at 9:13 PM

  3. The inkblot … it is the playboy bunny shark

    Liked by 1 person

    March 13, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Actually, I believe ‘Bunny’ was eventually pointed out to me… before I ran out the back door.

      Liked by 1 person

      March 13, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      • Maybe I’m just shark-o-phobic. The vestiges of the Great Chirping DoDo Shark.

        Liked by 1 person

        March 13, 2015 at 1:07 PM

        • Sister Madly

          I can understand that. I live in utter terror of one day walking out my apartment to find a shark and/or giant squid lounging in the hallway. I live in a coastal state, so it is not an irrational fear- even if there is 60+ miles and a mountain between me and the sea…

          Liked by 1 person

          March 13, 2015 at 1:49 PM

        • Them land sharks is scarier than the sea sharks.

          Sapient i r 2

          Liked by 1 person

          March 13, 2015 at 2:03 PM

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