Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Kashmiri mutton
The photos attached are from my granny's cook book (mom's mom) ..
She used to maintain this diary wherever she travelled. My granny along with my grand-dad used to stay in Kashmir, as my Grand-dad was posted there as an Architect,he did work for the army as well.. They have stayed in Kashmir for around 10 years.
I've grown up listening to their wonderful tales n stories from Kashmir - the paradise (as they used to refer)
My granny has a whole section of Kashmiri recipes noted in her diary. When I got hold of her diary, I was amazed by the fact, she wrote recipes along with some stories revolving around that recipe.
I think my blogging of recipes has come genetically to me through her...
Anywayz, today the recipe that I'm gonna share with you all is a recipe from my Granny's book -
An authentic Kashmiri Mutton recipe..

For Kashmiri Mutton, you will need:
1 kg mutton (diced)
4 tbsp oil
2 bay leaf
1 small stick of cinnamon
2 green chillies (slit length wise)
1 cup onion (chopped-thin sliced length wise)
1 cup tomatoes (chopped)
1/2 cup carrots (chopped)
1/2 cup french beans (chopped)
1/2 cup green peas (fresh)
1/2 cup potatoes (chopped)
(All veggies should be chopped into squares- try to keep the size same)
Salt to taste (1tsp)
For marination:
1/2 cup yogurt (fresh dahi)
2 tbsp ginger paste
1 tbsp garlic paste
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp tomato puree
Salt to taste (1tsp)
1 tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp regular masala
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp kashmiri red chilly paste (to make this paste- soak kashmiri red chillies with a small pinch of salt and water for a while then grind them into a fine paste-you can store this paste in refrigerator for 15 days)
Freshly pounded masala
(For this masala- take 2tbsp each of - coriander seeds, cumin seeds, 1 small cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 2 dry red chilles, 1/2 tsp anise, 4 peppercorns - roast all these masalas dry in a pan with some sea-salt / regular salt and then pound them or simply grind into a fine powder)

Firstly marinate the mutton pieces with all the ingredients mentioned (marination ingredients as mentioned above)
And keep it aside for an hour.
In a vessel, take some oil and add the bay leaf, cinnamon, green chillies and then saute the onions till golden brown
Then add the marrinated meat (mutton) into it. Cook for long until meat is tender.
Also add all the veggies one-by-one. First the tomatoes, carrots, then french beans, potatoes, and peas.
Now cook everything together till all the veggies and mutton are cooked and tender!
Add freshly chopped coriander before serving and serve hot with steamed rice or with kadak roti or kadak pav!!!

"Taarif karuu kya uuski jisne tumhe banaya!!!"
Note my words:
People will be singing this to the mutton after eating it!!! ;-) :-)
-Amrutha Langs

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