The Best Vegetable Korma

I have heard so many people say that a korma is boring or bland, well this recipe will change your opinion of a korma forever. This recipe is vegetarian, but you could easily substitute the vegetables and tofu for chicken. Enjoy!

Vegetable Korma

Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


Whole Spices

  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/8 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Spice Powders

  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp salt

Ingredients for the curry

  • 2 large onions
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 400g firm tofu cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1/2 courgette cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1/4 butternut squash peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 2 tbsp almond oil
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • 3 green chillis
  • 1/2 cup plain natural yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp methi
  • pinch saffron
  • handfull coriander chopped
  • 2 cups water


  • Mix all the spice powders and salt in a bowl and set aside
  • Heat the oil in a large saute pan, add the whole spices and gently fry for 1 minute
  • Add the onions and cook until golden and then turn off the heat
  • Empty the contents of the pan into a blender
  • Add the spice powders, chillis, tomatoes, garlic and ginger to the blender, and blend until smooth
  • Empty the contents of the blender into the saute pan on a low/medium heat
  • Add the vegetables and tofu and stir until everything is coated in the sauce
  • Add two cups of water and bring to a gentle simmer, cover with a lid and allow to cook for 15 minutes
  • Reduce the heat to low, and add the yoghurt, ghee, coriander and saffron, and mix until combined
  • Add more water if required, and keep on a low heat for 3-4 minutes
  • sprinkle with the chopped coriander and serve


If you don’t like tofu, you can make this recipe with potatoes, broccoli or cauliflower instead.
I added a handful of frozen peas to the sauce when I added the yoghurt.
Keyword korma, vegetable