Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mutton Curry with Coconut Gravy

DSC04798 Christmas is here and it brings all the memories of childhood, where we enjoyed carols, home decorations, Christmas tree, greeting cards, new clothes, Church worship, family reunions, friends visiting, baking cakes, or making pastries, sweets and savories, purchasing cartons of fruits, distributing goodies to neighbours, friend, relations, etc.. and not to mention the scrumptious feast on the big day..The usual menu in our joint family was Pilaf or biriyani, variety of chicken curries and variety of veggie curries. In my Aunt's place it was always Pilaf/Biriyani with Spicy Mutton gravy and brinjal chutney. No doubt Mutton is the most favourite meat for most Non-Vegetarians back home.

DSC04800 Here is one version of the most loved mutton curry.

DSC04797 Ingredients :
2 lb Mutton cut into bite size
2 Tbsp Oil
3 - 4 Onions over medium size)
4 -5 Green chillies slit
2 Tbsp - Ginger garlic paste
2 Tomatoes (large) or 1 cup Tomato puree
2 tsp Red chilly powder - 2 ½ tsp.
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 Tbsp five spice garam masala power
2 Tbsp poppy seeds (soaked in enough water and ground into a smooth paste)
1/2 cup Coconut paste/puree (add little water to the grated coconut and make a puree)
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves (finely chopped)

For the Five Spice powder :
Put together a handful (around 50 gms)of the following spices and grind into a coarse powder and store in a air tight container.
Fennel seeds
Star Anise
DSC04801 Method:
In a pressure cooker, allow oil to become hot and add onions, green chillies and saute' till onions are fully cooked and mushy.
Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell is gone.
Add the mutton pieces along with turmeric, chilly powder, and salt and mix thoroughly till all the mutton pieces are well coated.
Add half of the garam masala powder and mix again.
Add cut tomatoes or puree and close the cooker lid for 2 mints without the whistle inserted.
This will create pressure inside to inject the mutton pieces with masala and also in the process the water from the mutton gets released.
Remove lid and add cup of water or a little more, mix and again close the lid, this time with the whistle and cook for 25 -30 minutes on a medium low heat.
After the time is done, release pressure, remove lid and check to see if mutton is almost done.
Now add the poppy seed paste, coconut paste and remaining garam masala and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until the mutton is soft.
Add coriander leaves and remove form heat.
Serve hot with any seasoned rice, or roti.


Sending this Mutton curry dish to EFM-Mutton Seriesevent hosted by Srilekha of Srishkitchen.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my viewers, readers, friends and family!!!!!


Malar Gandhi said...

Mutton Curry looks hot and spiceeeey, just the way One' wants it to be during this cold weather...and thats so unfair, I can't taste them virtually:(

Thanks for the lovely words at my space:)

Enjoy your evening:)

Nandini said...

Wow! Rina, the color of the tangy mutton kurma is vibrant! I'd lap the curry! Merry X'mas!

notyet100 said...

mmmm yummy this looks,..merry christmas,..

Rina said...

Thanx girls...

pierre said...

Hello Rina
I love this curry thanks for the sharing and if you like french creative cuisine come and see my blog !! you are welcome
cheers from Sunny but cold Paris

Malar Gandhi said...

Wish you and your family a Very Happy New Year.:)

Cynthia said...

I really wish I lived nearby to enjoy your food in person :)

Happy New Year to you and the family!

Rina said...

Thanx, Cynthia, Malar & Pierre

Happy cook said...

I so so wish we got mutton here. I think that is the best meat for making curries and this firey curry just look so drollie delicous. Just the thought aobut having this make me drool.
Happy New year to you and your loved ones.

Rina said...

Thanks HC!!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Hi Rina, Hope you had a lovely Christmas. My best wishes for you and family for a very joyful , prosperous and blessed New year dear.
Mutton curry in coconut gravy makes me drool:)

nandini said...

hi ... this curry looks awesome! Rina i have a request.. Please post a recipe of Prawns with mango in creamy coconut gravy. I understand that this is a popular kerela dish... had it during one of my trips to kerela and been on a search for this recipe ever since...

Rina said...

Thanx, viki and nandini..