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Mutton and the art of taking your time..

I cook for two reasons.. one for making food ready to eat day to day.. the other, for the joy of it! When I cook for fun, I don’t like recipes that get done very quickly! I like to savour the act of cooking.. take my time in getting the ingredients ready, seeing them come together one by one, then, there needs to be some physical work! I should feel like I’m putting some effort.. and finally.. what I’m cooking should take its time to get ready! So, what do I like to cook the most for fun, well, it is mutton!

Today I prepared mutton (all ~5 lbs of it), it took me solid 2hrs… and it was so much fun! Plus, it came out so so awesome! When it was done.. me and my son couldn’t wait to get it in plate and start eating it. I barely got few pictures before we were done! Even though the process itself is rewarding, it is so much more fun if the end product comes out right! Today, it didn’t just come out right, it was mind blowing!! Recipe and tips below:

First, patience is the key! You won’t get the mutton right if you are in rush! So, make sure you have time, you are in great mood, put some nice music and get started!

Step 1: Get the oil/ghee hot and add whole spices. Bay leaf, black cardamom, green cardamom, whole black pepper, few cloves, cinnamon stick and some cumin seeds! Cook till nice and fragrant!

Step 2: Chop good 3-4 onions! Mutton takes bit more onions. Add the onions.. and let them cook. Make sure they are nice and brown

Step 3: Add freshly made ginger garlic green chillis paste or chopped. Let it a cook a bit. Then, reduce the flame and add dry spices. Cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt

Step 4: Add 2-3 chopped tomatoes. Let them cook.. let it take its time. Cook the masala well!

Step 5: Add the washed mutton! Now.. is where the fun starts. Cook the mutton well… it will start releasing its water. Keep cooking till the mutton is dry. Keep working the meat and get to a point where it is almost dry. It took me about 45 mins! This is so worth it and so important. Then, add about 1 cup hung yogurt. Cook it well for another 10 mins or so.

Step 6: Add ~2 cups water and pressure cook. Let it cook for 5-7 whistles. Then let it sit and let the pressure come down by itself

Step 7: Open the cooker, add some kasuri methi (dried fenugreek), little bit of garam masala and ½ a lime! Mix well.. and you are done!

Give it a try! Very best.. and enjoy..


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