Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Mutton Kurma-Rich Creamy Meat Curry

Most Indian Food recipes/blends have been handed down through generations (from great-grandmom to grandmom to mom to daughter)and most curries/dishes have always lent themselves to improvisation.Each home has its own formula or its own distinctive flavor and aroma for a particular dish depending on the spices used( spices which are freshly prepared each day for each dish).Each region of the country has its own spice blend in cooking a particular dish with each having its own distinctive flavor with variations in the spices and ingredients used in preparing that dish.

The dish am posting today is one which has the typical Mughlai flavor with a blend of spices which lends a certain exotic flavor to it.Mutton Kurma is a typical Mughlai or Hyderabadi dish cooked with yogurt ,almonds or fresh coconut.Its a mild lamb curry where mutton pieces are marinated in yogurt and mild spices and cooked in onion,tomato,poppy seeds and coconut based gravy resulting in a rich thick curry preparation. Garnish of blanched almonds,fresh cream and fresh coriander leaves further enhances the flavor of this rich tasty gosht kurma dish.

500 gms mutton ,cubed(gosht,lamb)
2" cinnamon stick
5-6 cloves
3 green cardamoms
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp poppy seeds
2 tbsps grated fresh coconut
2 large onions finely chopped
1 medium tomato chopped
1 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
3-4 green chillies slit length wise(increase if you want more spice)
1 tsp red chilli pwd
1 1/2 tsp coriander pwd
1/2 tsp cumin pwd
1/2 tsp garam masala pwd
3/4 cup thick yogurt (curd)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp ghee
chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Optional ingredients (for a richer creamy taste)
10 blanched and sliced almonds
2 tbsps warm milk
few strands of saffron
1 tbsp cream

Clean mutton and add the curd,red chilli pwd,coriander pwd,cumin pwd,ginger garlic paste and green chillis to it.Keep aside the marinated mutton for an hour.
Soak poppy seeds in a little warm water for 10 mts and grind both poppy seeds and grated coconut to a fine paste. Keep aside.
Heat both oil and ghee in a heavy bottomed iron vessel and add whole spices and bay leaf and fry for 5-7 seconds. Add the chopped onions and fry till transparent.Add the chopped tomatoes and fry for 4- 5 minutes.
Now add the marinated mutton and fry over medium heat with lid till the water from the meat and yogurt is absorbed.Check in between and stir.
Now add the poppy seeds-coconut paste and salt to the mutton and mix well.Cover and cook for 3 mts.Add 2-3 cups of water and cook with lid till the mutton is tender and the gravy thickens.Adjust salt and add garam masala pwd and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
(You can even pressure cook the mutton for 10 minutes or till mutton is tender)

If you want a rich creamy taste,soak few strands of saffron in 2 tbsp of warm milk and add to the mutton towards the end of the cooking process.Garnish with blanched and sliced almonds and fresh cream.
Your Shahi/Mughlai Gosht Korma is ready to be relished with rotis/naan/paranthas , biryani or pulao,steamed white rice or dosas.


a said...

Hi Sailu,

Happy New Year to you! I love curries but I don't really have a chance to find ingredients around but I am looking forward to make my own version of curries whatever available..that dish looks really good!

prasad said...

Hello Sailaja
Its a good recipe. I surely miss Hyderabadi Mutton curry. Its a wonderful dish.

mg said...

Hi Sailu,

Wishing you and your blog a great new year. Is it me or have you changed your blog body design? I like your way of archiving. I wish i could do this on my template.

When i used to live in London, i've noticed then that there was vast amount of mutton available in butchers but never known what to do with them. This dish sounds and look delish though now that i'm in Jersey, can't get mutton. He he. Typical.

sailu said...

Happy New Year,cj.Curries can really be played around with...no fixed formula as there are innumerable curry blends.

Yes,Prasad,its a tasty dish.

Happy New Year to you too,Mae.Too bad you dont get mutton in Jersey.

anthony said...

Great recipe..
I am confused what I will cook over the weekend..

shammi said...

Hmmm...my husband loves lamb dishes - this is one to try on him! Thanks Sailu!

sailu said...

Try it over the weekend,Anthony.

Your hubby will love this one for sure,Shammi.

mg said...

Dizzy old me! I thought mutton is goat! he he... Yes! we have mutton here or lamb.

Anonymous said...

I love lamb! I like the looks of this recipe alot.


sailu said...

Paz and Mae,you will love this recipe for sure.