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Vegetable Korma (Sabzi Korma)

Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus soaking
Cooking time: 15 minutes Serves: 4
Each serving contains: Kcals: 251; g fat: 13.4; g saturated fat: 2.5

Ingredients:
* 300ml skimmed or semi-skimmed milk
* 30g unroasted cashew nut pieces (kacche kaju)
* 15g sunflower seeds
* 225g carrots, cut diagonally into 3mm slices (Tedhe kate hue gaajar)
* 125g baby corn cobs (chhote makke)
* 2 teaspoons lemon juice (nimbu ka ras)
* 125g green beans, cut into 5cm pieces
* 340g cauliflower, divided into 2.5cm florates (phoolgobhi)
* 2 tablespoons sunflower or soya oil
* ½ teaspoon royal cumin or caraway seeds (jeera ya kaala jeera)
* 2.5cm piece of cinnamon seeds (dalchini ke beej)
* 4 green cardmon pods, bruised (tode hue hari elaichi)
* 1 small onion, finely chopped (bareek kate hue pyaaz)
* 1 teaspoon Ginger Puree (adrak ki puree)
* 1 teaspoon Garlic Puree (lahsun ki puree)
* 1 tablespoon Ground Roasted Coriander (bhune aur peese hue dhaiye ke beej)
* ½ teaspoon chilli powder (mirch powder)
* 225g Boilled Onion Puree (pyaaz ki puree)
* 1 teaspoon salt to taste (namak swaad anusaar)

Method:
* Bring half the milk to the boil, remove from the heat and add the cashews and sunflower seeds.
Leave to soak for 15-20 minutes, then puree until smooth in a blender

* Put the carrots and corn in a saucepan and add 450ml water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to mediun and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes

* Add the lemon juice and beans, then pile the cauliflower on top. Cover the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes. Stir to reposition the vegetables halfway through

* Spread out the vegetables, along with their cooking liquid, in a large dish or roasting tin. This will prevent the vegetables from overcooking

* Heat the oil over low heat in a non-stick saucepan, about 30cm in diameter, and add the royal cumin seeds or caraway seeds, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods.

* Allow the spices to sizzle gently for 20-25 seconds, then add the onion, and ginger and garlic purees. Increase the heat slightly and fry the ingredients for 5-6 minutes or until the onions are soft

* Add the ground coriander and chilli powder, cook for 30 seconds, then stir in the onion puree and cook for 3-4 minutes

* Stir in the salt, vegetables with all their cooking liquid, the blended cashew mixture and the remaining milk.
* Bring it to simmering point, then cook for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Serve with Saffron Rice and Beetroot Raita