Monday, September 1, 2014

Soya Chunk Korma | Afghan Style Qorma

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Korma or Qorma doesn't need an introduction to many of us. It is one the much known dish in India & is originated from south asia. The style of making korma varies based on location. The version I'm sharing here is a Afghan style korma Known as "Qorma Alou-Bokhara wa Dalnakhod" which includes lentils, yogurt & sour plums & meat in it. I replaced meat with soya chunks & made it vegetarian friendly dish. 
This Soya Chunk Korma is very different from the regular versions as it doesn't include any grinding of ingredients to create a creamy base, instead yogurt acts as the creamy base in this dish.
For a vegan version of this dish you can replace yogurt with cashew almond nut paste.
Adapted from here: Qorma
Prep Time-30mins | Cook Time-20mins | Serves-3people
1Tbs ginger garlic paste
1Big onion chopped
1Cup yogurt
1Cup soya chunks
3Tbs chana dal
2Tomatoes chopped
2Green mirchi's 
2Tsp red chilli powder {Adjust as needed}
5 Sour plums pre soaked
1Tsp garam masala powder {Optional}
1/2Tsp turmeric
1/2Cup water
3Tbs oil
Salt to taste 
Few coriander springs to garnish
- Heat pan with oil. Allow oil to warm up. 
- Add ginger garlic paste to pan & saute them for few seconds.
- Add onions to pan & cook them to translucent. 
- Now add soya chunks followed by yogurt to pan. 
- Sprinkle turmeric powder & salt to the ingredients. 
- Now cook with a closed lid for 2mins. 
- Add chana dal, tomatoes , sour plums, green chili's, chili powder,garam masala & 1/2Cup water powder to pan.
- Mix them well & cook with a closed lid for 6mins to 7mins. Adjust salt & chilli powder if needed. 
- Cook with open lid & allow the gravy to become thicker. 
- Garnish with chopped coriander & qorma is ready to serve. 
- As mentioned garam masala powder is optional. 
- Additional water is added to cook soya chunks perfectly. 
- You can cook soya chunks before & add them to the curry or cook it directly in the curry as I have done.
- You can replace sour plums with 1Tsp amchur powder. 
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  1. Afghans do use lot of fruits in their cooking. Wonder how plums taste in a curry. Nice recipe for the country.

  2. Very interesting korma. Never used soya chunks before. This dish looks very appetizing.

  3. The no grind method makes it sound easy and love the addition of yogurt.Nice one Sreevalli...

  4. That's a very nicely done presentation..Korma looks very nicely done..

  5. Wow the korma has me drooling. Love the way you have presented and the flavours in the dish are yum.

  6. Very nicely done and a beautiful presentation!!

  7. Korma looks appetizing and with all those ingredients it must be flavorful !

  8. Loved this vegetarian version of Kurma, lovely addition of yogurt..fingerlicking.

  9. Looks colorful. That sour plums addition makes this a very interesting dish.

  10. Yumm.. Soya chunks korma sounds so delicious. Sour plums sounds like an interesting addition. Love your clicks.

  11. Sour plums must give this Korma a unique flavor

  12. I am not a soya fan but I love this recipe..I love those sour plums. .used to eat them a lot as a kid and adding these to any curry eould make the dish absolutely fantastic. Afghan rocks the day;)

  13. Totally loved the first picture...beautiful presentation. The korma looks like the perfect accompaniment to our flatbreads

  14. thats an healthy and tempting korma valli :) very interesting way to add soya chunks in the korma !!

  15. Nice choice and yes I have heard about using plums in cooking I think they give a tangy taste..

  16. very interesting korma.. Using plum in gravy is new to me

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  20. even i made something similar, i loved the cuisine and this one looks very nice

  21. the vegetarian version with soya chunks sounds absolutely delicious..

  22. This recipe is as similar as which i eat in an Indian restaurent in Calgary, my experience is awesome, Thanks for giving such a wonderful knowledge about it, now i am going to cook at home with the help of your blog. Thank you.