Goat meat is my absolute favourite! If you are from northern part of India, you may also love it. There are various ways the meat can be cooked. Biryani (made with rice and meat) is popular, so are the various curry dishes. Luckily, there are some good middle eastern stores in Dallas that sell high quality goat meat. Also, if you go the farmers market in Dallas, there are some vendors who sell organic, super high quality meats (@3bn_ranch).
I learnt the method of slow cooking from my mom. She is an encyclopaedia of Indian cooking and I learn so much from just watching her do her thing! Now, slow cooking is great for many reasons. It not just makes the spices really shine, makes the meat delicate and tender, but more importantly for me, it extracts the minerals and proteins from the bones and joints, making the gravy really really nutritious! Ofcourse, you can always make the bone broth separately, but slow cooking also gets you the benefit. Below is the recipe that I followed and I highly recommend you try!
3lb Mutton (Goat meat). Clean the meat and sprinkle 1 tsp of salt and mix. Put Ghee in the Kadhai and shallow fry the meat till it changes color to brown.
For spice mix. 8-10 garlic cloves; 2 inch ginger; 3-4 green chilies; 3 dried red chilies, 1 medium sized tomato, 1/4th of a medium sized onion. Grind these and make paste
Whole Spices: 1 black cardamom, 2 small cardamom, 8-10 black pepper, 1/2 tsp cumin, 3 cloves, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 flower maze, 1 star anise, 1inch cinnamon
Dry spices: 1/2 tsp Turmeric, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2tsp Jeera powder, salt to taste, 1 tsp red chilli powder Onion 3/4 of medium size onion. Chopped finely.
1/2 cup yogurt.
Heat ghee. Add the whole spices (at medium heat). Cook till they become fragrant. Add onion and cook till brown. Then, add the dry spices and cook for another 30 secs or so at low flame. Then, add the paste that was made earlier. Let the masala cook till the oil separates. Then, add the yogurt, slowly, while continuously stirring the masala. Let it cook till the oil separates.
Add meat and mix well. Cook for couple minutes. Add 1-2 cups of water. Cover with lid and let it cook on slow heat for ~2 hrs. Put some water on top of the lid so that the meat doesnt dry. When ready, sprinkle some green coriander and add 1tsp of lemon juice (optionally)
Making delicious food is one thing, but if you have somebody who appreciates that, it makes it so much worth it! So my son LOVES the goat meat. Today, seeing him suck on the bones and getting all the hidden marrow made me so happy and proud!!
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