Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gongura Mutton or Mutton curry w/ Sorrel Leaves

We in Greater Toronto Area(GTA) are experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures poised to hit record highs we are under an extreme heat alert as dangerous heat invades ON & QC...kind of living Andhra summer here... So here is another signature dish of Andhra Pradesh, that we Telugu people celebrate.
A week ago I had this chance to make a much longed and missed leafy item dish called Gongura in Telugu(Andhra) which refers to Sorrel leaves in English. Give me this dish all through the year and I wouldn't say no to it. Then you can imagine how much I missed it over these years in Canada. We in east coast are not so fortunate enough to find Sorrel leaves in any grocery store, except someone gets the imported seeds and grow the leaves in summer in their farm or back yard. I think in west coast these are readily available thru farmers market..
A few weeks back a dear friend of us gifted me with this gongura which she purchased whole sale from an import vendor. My joy knew no bounds.
Though I have eaten and cooked Gongura in many varieties like Gongura dhal, Gongura Pachadi, Gongura tadka, Gongura Prawns..etc..the most relished combo for me with Gongura is Gongura Mutton.
Both my grand mothers and mother use to frequent this dish especially for me so passionately. Its like they use to dedicate this dish on my name.
So with that profound history lets see the making of it.
Good that I typed out the recipe long ago when my SIL asked for it, not withstanding the pestering my Bro gave her to make Gongura Mutton like my granny. Little did I believe that I will cook this dish my own in this part of the world.
Ingredients :
To Cook Gongura leaves:
1 bunch Gongura (Sorrel leaves)
4-5 Green chillies slit
1/2 of Small onion sliced
2 Big Garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 tsp home made Chilly made( andhra karam) - ( Use regular one if not available)
1 tsp oil
Rock salt to taste
Enough water to boil and cook the leaves thoroughly.
For the Mutton Curry:
1 to 1.5 lbs Goat or Lamb meat with bones cut into medium to small pieces
1 Tbsp Oil
2 Big or 4 Medium sized Onions chopped
4 Green chillies slit
6-8 Curry leaves if desired
2 Tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
1 Medium Tomato squeezed
1/2 Tsp Tumeric pwdr
1 Tsp Chilly power
1 Tsp Coriander pwdr
1 Tsp Home Made Garam Masala Pwdr
Salt to taste
Separate leaves from gongura stems remember to add the small pods..which adds to the sourness.
Cook the sorrel leaves with all the rest of the ingredients in the "Cooking Gongura" list..till the leaves are fully cooked.
Remove from heat.
Mash the gongura thoroughly into a smooth paste and keep aside.
Now cook mutton the regular way...
Heat oil and saute' onions, green chillies, curry leaves.
Now add ginger garlic paste fry,
Add Squeezed Tomato and saute'
Add mutton, (usually 1/2 kg- for 1 bunch of sorrel leaves),
Add salt, karam, garam masala powder
Mix and fry for sometime..
Add a little water to cook mutton, or you can pressure cook it too.
Once the mutton is cooked almost, add the cooked mashed cooked gongura and mix well
Allow the gravy to cook for 7 - 10 so that the mutton absorbs the gongura .. and vice versa.
Once the gravy is thick remove from heat.
Serve with Hot rice.


Happy Cook / Finla said...

How iwish we got these leaves here, just the thougt of eating this dish makes me drool.

Rina said...

Yes true..but how come U coming from Kerala know this dish??

Priti said...

Looks so yum ..delicious ...

Radhika said...

Hi Esther, Will have to try your version of this recipe. We grow gongora in our graden every summer and freeze them for winter months. My husband loves Gongora (he is a vegetarian though). You should pen down other gongora recipies that you mentioned in this blog. I am always looking for recepies to make gongora with. Particularly Gongura tadka, never heard of it before.

Varunavi said...

I brought gongura to make this gongura mamsaam today and i chanced upon ur site.Loved the colour of gongura mutton.My blog too have this recipe....

Hephzi said...

Wow ! you have a lovely spot here. Great recipes ! I'm following you now..

Rina said...

@Hephzi, thanQ..I'm am thrilled to discover a fellow blogger from Toronto, i.e you.

@ Varunavi..thanx..checked ur blog too..U have many interesting recipes..will follow you..

@Radhika, yea should plan to grow it here too..will post more if I'm lucky enough to get it..

@ Priti Thanx

SpicyTasty said...

That's one awesome dish. Looks so comforting.

Rina said...

It indeed is ST, Can't ask for anything more comfortin..

Thanks for dropping by..

Suman Singh said...

Curry looks so tempting and incredibly delicious! Nice recipe..thanks for sharing!