Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mutton Curry

Today I stumbled upon the fact that what should I write on my blog post. It should not be a memoir of my life in Kolkata as usual...I want to include little bits of my life, here in Abidjan...the way I spend my days...the way I had started to like this place...the way Abidjan also has made a special place in my heart.....................

how to cook bengali style simple mutton curry

Working here demands fluency in French, with which I am having a real tough time. Although I can speak a little French, I am horrible in understanding them when someone in front of me is talking in it fluently. The language was the main barrier that I had locked up myself last year. But now, I am a lot more relaxed and curious about the city I live in. I go for marketings, I buy the groceries and vegetables and when I have time I go for long walks. I greet the passing people and breathe in the fresh air. I am kind of growing a liking over it. 

how to cook bengali style simple mutton curry

Then again, I have 4 cats in my home, and they demand a lot of attention. I always have to be careful in cleaning their litter places, because they do not like to do litter in dirty places. If I don't clean them properly then in just a few hours they will start pooping around, and that is a mess I really hate to clean up.  My cats also like to eat crunchy cat foods, so every time I feed them, I have to change the leftover food. The don't drink normal water also. Every 1 hour I have to fill up their bowl with chilled water. Gradually they are developing man like symptoms. So many demands. Then I have my blog, and cooking takes away a lot of time.Then comes the most important task of taking images, creating the background, looking for props, editing the image and writing posts. I have my whole days sorted out. And finally I am so sooo happy. 


how to cook bengali style simple mutton curry

Mutton Curry
Serves 3-4

how to cook bengali style simple mutton curry

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg mutton with bone
  • 2 large onions - sliced
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 and 1/2 cup hung curd / greek yogurt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp home made garam masala
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • salt - as per taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • a bunch of coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp + 2tbsp oil
Home Made Garam Masala:
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 green cardamom 
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 mace
  • 1/4 of a nutmeg
  • 1/4 of a star annise
  • 5-6 black peppercorns
  • 2 dry red chilies
Method:

For the Garam Masala:
  • Dry roast all the ingredients listed under homemade garam masala, and then grind them to a fine powder. Keep in an airtight container and use accordingly.
For the Mutton Curry:
  • Marinate the mutton with curd, lime juice, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and 1 tbsp oil, for 3-4 hours.
  • In a kadai heat oil and temper with cinnamon stick, cardamom, cloves and bay leaf. 
  • When the oil becomes aromatic add the sliced onion and sauté until the start to become golden.
  • Now add the ginger - garlic paste and sauté until the onions are golden brown. By the time the raw flavor of the garlic will be gone.
  • Now add the sugar and sauté until it dissolves and gives a nice brown color.
  • Now add the marinated mutton with all the marination paste.
  • Mix and put cover.
  • Let it cook until all the water, that oozes out of it is evaporated.
  • Now add 2 cups of water and cook covered until the mutton becomes soft and gets cooked from inside.
  • You can also transfer this to a pressure cooked and cook until it blows 15 whistles.
  • Once the mutton is done thoroughly, simmer until the gravy reaches its desired consistency.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Add the chopped coriander leaves and garam masala powder.
  • Simmer for a more 2-3 minutes.
  • Put cover and put off the flame, and do not open the lid  for a minimum 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

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