Friday 16 March 2012


The nation breathes easy today. With the hundredth century, over a billion people have started believing in God a little more strongly. Never mind the overall hard-luck! 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The luchi mangsho combo is a true-blue Bong's idea of a celebration. We do it for Bijoya Doshumi, the last day of Durga Puja. We also do it for Holi with pua & malpua. The first bite into the mutton & Jayshree went uuummm, theek hotel er moton hoyechche. A chef thrives on that pleasure on a foodie's face. To her 'how did you make it', I told my friend to just enjoy the lunch now, we can discuss the recipe later. The later has spilled over the week, I'm afraid, but well, better late than never!
                                                                                                            A once-in-a-while indulgence is a pardonable offence. So all those of you out there, who stay away from red meat, c'mon, drop your defences today. Sachin pra has clinched his sauwan shatak! Ok, yes, he enjoys his prawn curry & rice the most, but what is stopping you from eating what you love to! Toh chalo, aaj Mutton ho jaye :) For you, Tendulkar! With a heartfelt Congratulations & Thank You. 
1. 1 kg mutton[serves 4-6]
2. 4-5 medium potatoes(optional)
3. 1 large onion- chopped
4. 3-4 pods garlic- chopped
5. 1-2tsp mutton curry masala
6. 1tsp sugar
7. 1-2 cup water
8. Salt to taste
9. Mustard/refined oil to cook
1. 1/2 cup yogurt
2. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder(optional)
3. 1tsp red chilli powder
1. 1/4tsp fenugreek seeds(methi)
2. 1tsp whole garam masala
1. Marinate the mutton in yogurt, turmeric & red chilli powder & keep aside for 30mins or more.

2. Caramalize sugar in hot oil & fry the potatoes till golden brown. Keep them aside.

3. In the same oil, allow methi & whole garam masala to crackle.
4. Add the chopped onion & garlic and fry till onion is translucent.
5. Add the marinaded mutton & fry on high flame till water dries & oil leaves the pan.  

6. Add the mutton masala, fry for 2 mins & transfer contents to a pressure cooker.   
7. Add the fried potatoes, salt & water and cook on medium heat till 4-6 whistles. 

Insight:  Oil floats on top when the meat is done.

Always use less oil for meat, it releases its own fat & cooks in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Check for tenderness & serve hot with rice/chappati/pua.

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