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Monday, October 3, 2011

Mangalorean Mutton Kurma

"Do you always cook 'hi-fi' stuff?"  asked one of my readers jokingly. " Ha, ha, not really, only the best ones make it to the blog" I replied, thoroughly enjoying questions like these that help put a smile on my face often. Well, it's true that I have started to cook a lot of different kind of dishes lately. They are not necessarily "hi-fi" but are definitely those that sound interesting enough to be bookmarked and tried. Besides the regular Mangalorean fare, I also like to try out some party specific items on regular days so that I have a good collection of recipes to choose from when we invite guests over for a meal. And this looks like it is a never ending process - there are just so many wonderful recipes out there waiting to be tried!!


As you've noticed, most of my recipes are with small quantities of ingredients especially suited for nuclear families like ours and when time permits I try out at least one new recipe everyday - I do this for the sheer joy of cooking. Nothing is as exhilarating as the process of bringing together ingredients, fiddling around with proportions and creating a new batch of flavours that tantalize the taste buds. Having tried at least 3-4 new recipes per week, I have enough content to delight my readers with 'new' recipes every time. Blogging has greatly simplified and offered the convenience of collecting & storing a gamut of recipes in a single place making it a simple repository of recipes for my personal use which would otherwise be scattered across so many cookbooks & notebooks that I have amassed along the years. 


Honestly while I don't cook just because I have a blog, I am definitely more enthusiastic & driven to try out new things because I know I have some place to share it with others who may also benefit from my experiments. More than the need to feed my blog, I cook to feed my family and look forward to being judged by the two most important food critics in my house - my husband & my son. A dish rarely makes it to the blog if it hasn't got a majority vote :-). Before the blog was created, I followed the same process, vetoed recipes never got a chance of being saved as a fair copy in my main recipe book. 

Last but not the least, I thoroughly enjoy the process of cooking, styling the food & capturing the flavours in as many pictures as I can manage to click. - I enjoy this entire process so much that I actually look forward to doing it everyday if I could. And yes, receiving feedback is just one of the perks ;-) 


Mangalorean Mutton Kurma
Serves 3

You Need:
  • 750gm Mutton on the bone
For the garam masala (to be powdered)
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
For the marination
  • 3/4th cup thick sour curds (yogurt)
  • juice of 1/2 lime - optional
  • salt to taste
For the masala
  • 50gm or 1/2 cup copra (dried coconut)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic (Indian) with skin
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • 6 long dry red chillies with seeds removed
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1-2 medium size green chillies (adjust according to taste)
For frying
  • 1 large onion finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or ghee as required
Method:
1. Cut the mutton into medium size pieces, wash and drain on a colander. Pat the pieces dry and marinate it with curds & salt & keep aside for at least 30mins.
2. Dry roast the ingredients for the garam masala and powder them. Set aside. If you are using freshly grated coconut, dry roast it till golden brown on a hot tawa and grind it to a fine paste along with the rest of the ingredients mentioned in 'For the masala' section using a little water. Reserve the masala water from the mixie.
3. In a pressure cooker heat some oil or ghee & fry the sliced onion till golden brown and add the ground masala and fry for a few minutes. Add the marinated meat pieces and fry for a few minutes till all the pieces are well coated with the masala. Add the masala water, adjust salt to taste (remember that the marination had salt in it - so go easy on the salt), add lime juice to adjust sourness (just in case the curds used for marination wasn't sour enough). Add the powdered garam masala, mix and cover the lid of the pressure cooker and cook on full flame till the first whistle goes off. Reduce to sim & continue to cook for another 10-12 minutes (cooking time may vary depending on the tenderness of meat used - please use your judgement here.) Turn off the flame and allow the cooker to cool down and the weight to loosen on its own.
4. Open, stir and serve hot with chapathis or rice.

Notes:
1. This recipe calls for copra (dried flesh of the coconut), however if you do not have it, you can use dessicated coconut or fresh coconut that has been dry roasted on a tawa.
2. Using sour curds for marination usually gives the best results, however you can add some lime if you are using fresh curds that is not so sour.



23 comments:

  1. Lovely hot combo.. Mouth watering combo..

    Hi Shireen,
    It seems you have forgotten my space completely, just joking :-))
    Do drop in whenever time permits
    http://erivumpuliyumm.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Look at that ladle !! I am with May, you killing us softly !

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  3. Super inviting mutton kurma,makes me drool..

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  4. wow...looks so very delicious..from your blog,im getting to know more mangalore recipes. would love to try

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  5. What type of chilli do you use Shireen. Any special variety. Awesome color all your curries have. Love the deep red hue of the curry.


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  6. Thanks for the info Shireen. I have heard of it before but could not lock in the name and only after your mentioning I got to remember. I shall check if I'm able to get hold of it here. I only get kashmiris variety here. But apart from the color you might as well not use it as they don;t lend any spiciness to the food. Thank you.

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  7. Awesome looking dish.....Thanks for sharing.

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  8. wow looks delicious....have some beef ...wud wana try it this way though it will miss mutton's flavour

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  9. Shireen... That looks just AWESOME! Yeah, I ahve to agree, that looks hi-fi dish. :o)
    Sumee
    http://sumeesculinary.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. love the color of this curry! Its amazing how many of thse curries Ive never heard of before, its such a shame! Thanks for bringing these to us :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am probably not the best person to comment on this as I don’t eat meat..but it looks like a classic very nicely done n beautifully presented! Fab as always my dear :)
    USMasala

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  12. neat and beautiful presentation..sounds mouthwatering and spicy.

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  13. wow nice delicious kurma..bookmarked!!

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  14. congrats on your milestone shireen..
    lipsmacking delicious kurma...cant wait to try this tempting recipe..:P
    you are welcome in my space too..
    Tasty Appetite

    ReplyDelete
  15. very very inviting recipe....Looks so delicious....Check out my give away....

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  16. Love the shots and the recipe! I just had my dinner and you are making me hungry! :)

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  17. Hmmmm this does look hi-fi :-)))

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  18. Recently I have come across this blog. I have tried many of your recipes. They are 100% authentic and the results are awesome. Keep it up! God Bless.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I have tried many of your recipes since I came across your website sometime back. Just thought I'd inform you that there is some text missing towards the end of point 3 under Method, the line which starts "Reduce to sim and continue to cook forqedf....." Point 4 is also missing. I am looking forward to making this recipe. Thanks in advance for updating it.

    ReplyDelete
  20. @ Anonymous: Thanks so much for bringing this to my notice, I am not sure how the last part of the recipe got deleted and got replaced with some text that makes no sense. My sincere apologies to you & all those who couldn't understand this recipe because of this error. I have rectified and updated the recipe now, hope you like it!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hi Shireen, I am planning to make this for a party with 2 kg of mutton. If I double the ingredients quantity, would it be ok or do I need to increase more? Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  22. @ Anonymous: I guess it should work if you make it with 2 kg mutton...do alter the spice level accordingly. Good luck!

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mangalorean Mutton Kurma

"Do you always cook 'hi-fi' stuff?"  asked one of my readers jokingly. " Ha, ha, not really, only the best ones make it to the blog" I replied, thoroughly enjoying questions like these that help put a smile on my face often. Well, it's true that I have started to cook a lot of different kind of dishes lately. They are not necessarily "hi-fi" but are definitely those that sound interesting enough to be bookmarked and tried. Besides the regular Mangalorean fare, I also like to try out some party specific items on regular days so that I have a good collection of recipes to choose from when we invite guests over for a meal. And this looks like it is a never ending process - there are just so many wonderful recipes out there waiting to be tried!!


As you've noticed, most of my recipes are with small quantities of ingredients especially suited for nuclear families like ours and when time permits I try out at least one new recipe everyday - I do this for the sheer joy of cooking. Nothing is as exhilarating as the process of bringing together ingredients, fiddling around with proportions and creating a new batch of flavours that tantalize the taste buds. Having tried at least 3-4 new recipes per week, I have enough content to delight my readers with 'new' recipes every time. Blogging has greatly simplified and offered the convenience of collecting & storing a gamut of recipes in a single place making it a simple repository of recipes for my personal use which would otherwise be scattered across so many cookbooks & notebooks that I have amassed along the years. 


Honestly while I don't cook just because I have a blog, I am definitely more enthusiastic & driven to try out new things because I know I have some place to share it with others who may also benefit from my experiments. More than the need to feed my blog, I cook to feed my family and look forward to being judged by the two most important food critics in my house - my husband & my son. A dish rarely makes it to the blog if it hasn't got a majority vote :-). Before the blog was created, I followed the same process, vetoed recipes never got a chance of being saved as a fair copy in my main recipe book. 

Last but not the least, I thoroughly enjoy the process of cooking, styling the food & capturing the flavours in as many pictures as I can manage to click. - I enjoy this entire process so much that I actually look forward to doing it everyday if I could. And yes, receiving feedback is just one of the perks ;-) 


Mangalorean Mutton Kurma
Serves 3

You Need:
  • 750gm Mutton on the bone
For the garam masala (to be powdered)
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
For the marination
  • 3/4th cup thick sour curds (yogurt)
  • juice of 1/2 lime - optional
  • salt to taste
For the masala
  • 50gm or 1/2 cup copra (dried coconut)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic (Indian) with skin
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • 6 long dry red chillies with seeds removed
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1-2 medium size green chillies (adjust according to taste)
For frying
  • 1 large onion finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or ghee as required
Method:
1. Cut the mutton into medium size pieces, wash and drain on a colander. Pat the pieces dry and marinate it with curds & salt & keep aside for at least 30mins.
2. Dry roast the ingredients for the garam masala and powder them. Set aside. If you are using freshly grated coconut, dry roast it till golden brown on a hot tawa and grind it to a fine paste along with the rest of the ingredients mentioned in 'For the masala' section using a little water. Reserve the masala water from the mixie.
3. In a pressure cooker heat some oil or ghee & fry the sliced onion till golden brown and add the ground masala and fry for a few minutes. Add the marinated meat pieces and fry for a few minutes till all the pieces are well coated with the masala. Add the masala water, adjust salt to taste (remember that the marination had salt in it - so go easy on the salt), add lime juice to adjust sourness (just in case the curds used for marination wasn't sour enough). Add the powdered garam masala, mix and cover the lid of the pressure cooker and cook on full flame till the first whistle goes off. Reduce to sim & continue to cook for another 10-12 minutes (cooking time may vary depending on the tenderness of meat used - please use your judgement here.) Turn off the flame and allow the cooker to cool down and the weight to loosen on its own.
4. Open, stir and serve hot with chapathis or rice.

Notes:
1. This recipe calls for copra (dried flesh of the coconut), however if you do not have it, you can use dessicated coconut or fresh coconut that has been dry roasted on a tawa.
2. Using sour curds for marination usually gives the best results, however you can add some lime if you are using fresh curds that is not so sour.



23 comments:

  1. Lovely hot combo.. Mouth watering combo..

    Hi Shireen,
    It seems you have forgotten my space completely, just joking :-))
    Do drop in whenever time permits
    http://erivumpuliyumm.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Look at that ladle !! I am with May, you killing us softly !

    ReplyDelete
  3. Super inviting mutton kurma,makes me drool..

    ReplyDelete
  4. wow...looks so very delicious..from your blog,im getting to know more mangalore recipes. would love to try

    ReplyDelete
  5. What type of chilli do you use Shireen. Any special variety. Awesome color all your curries have. Love the deep red hue of the curry.


    Check out my 200th post Giveaway

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks for the info Shireen. I have heard of it before but could not lock in the name and only after your mentioning I got to remember. I shall check if I'm able to get hold of it here. I only get kashmiris variety here. But apart from the color you might as well not use it as they don;t lend any spiciness to the food. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Awesome looking dish.....Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  8. wow looks delicious....have some beef ...wud wana try it this way though it will miss mutton's flavour

    ReplyDelete
  9. Shireen... That looks just AWESOME! Yeah, I ahve to agree, that looks hi-fi dish. :o)
    Sumee
    http://sumeesculinary.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. love the color of this curry! Its amazing how many of thse curries Ive never heard of before, its such a shame! Thanks for bringing these to us :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am probably not the best person to comment on this as I don’t eat meat..but it looks like a classic very nicely done n beautifully presented! Fab as always my dear :)
    USMasala

    ReplyDelete
  12. neat and beautiful presentation..sounds mouthwatering and spicy.

    ReplyDelete
  13. wow nice delicious kurma..bookmarked!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. congrats on your milestone shireen..
    lipsmacking delicious kurma...cant wait to try this tempting recipe..:P
    you are welcome in my space too..
    Tasty Appetite

    ReplyDelete
  15. very very inviting recipe....Looks so delicious....Check out my give away....

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love the shots and the recipe! I just had my dinner and you are making me hungry! :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hmmmm this does look hi-fi :-)))

    ReplyDelete
  18. Recently I have come across this blog. I have tried many of your recipes. They are 100% authentic and the results are awesome. Keep it up! God Bless.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I have tried many of your recipes since I came across your website sometime back. Just thought I'd inform you that there is some text missing towards the end of point 3 under Method, the line which starts "Reduce to sim and continue to cook forqedf....." Point 4 is also missing. I am looking forward to making this recipe. Thanks in advance for updating it.

    ReplyDelete
  20. @ Anonymous: Thanks so much for bringing this to my notice, I am not sure how the last part of the recipe got deleted and got replaced with some text that makes no sense. My sincere apologies to you & all those who couldn't understand this recipe because of this error. I have rectified and updated the recipe now, hope you like it!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hi Shireen, I am planning to make this for a party with 2 kg of mutton. If I double the ingredients quantity, would it be ok or do I need to increase more? Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  22. @ Anonymous: I guess it should work if you make it with 2 kg mutton...do alter the spice level accordingly. Good luck!

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)