Not a Dum Gosht but a plain Mutton in a Gravy!

Amma has this teflon coated handi that she got some years back. With lot of excitement and expectations, we opened the box, to see a beautiful shining well coated teflon handi emerging off the box. It was so beautiful and delicate, that we even hesitated cooking in it. But it comes out every Sunday to be dozed well and it gives out delicious dishes out. It gives you a feel that its an Akshaya patra, making our dishes taste like amrutham. Amma always planed elaborate feast for a Sunday lunch, and this vessel features in many such ones. Come Sunday and you can see Amma slouching around a hot stove, on which a delicate darling will be simmering a delicious gravy within its bosom. We have had many dum varieties and other slow cooking dishes, cooked in this. Amma has taken the vessel along with her but I have the recipe book with me. This weekend, I wanted to try something from that cookbook, so browsed through it to find some great sounding dishes. Its a small and sleek book having about 15 recipes but all are worth trying out many times. Since I don't have the handi and also I am not exactly for slow cooking right now, I skipped better part of marinade and just cooked everything in pressure cooker. Though in the hindsight I could've marinated the mutton, as I was doing other dishes too. But well maybe next time.

While the gravy was simmering, I was playing with the kids. We always ensure someone is with them, as chinnu has the habit of biting the elder one. His teeth are real sharp and they really dig in. He bits him atleast once given a chance. So we always hover over them. We were generally discussing something, when I saw chinnu was busy playing with something and Peddu was walking around the living room. Suddenly Peddu got in him to come and hug chinnu. It was such a lovely scene. We saw Peddu bending down to the younger one who was busy not noticing him. The elder one was doing baby talk and trying to bear hug his brother. The younger one doesn't like anybody hugging him, so he was stunning him away. Not one to give up easily, Peddu went on trying to hug. Though all of us were rolling down laughing at the elder one's over enthusiastic gestures, we were scared that chinnu might bite his hand. When we tried keeping them away, Peddu was upset and cried for denying him his hug. It was with great difficulty we distracted him with something. I then had my simmering gravy to attend too.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Cuisine : Hyderabadi

Ingredients Needed

Mutton - 500 gms
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/4 tsp
Pudina / Mint - 5 leaves
Onions - 2 medium
Ginger - 2 "
Garlic - 4 pods
Green chillies - 2 long
Bay leaf - 1
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves for garnish
Lime juice - 1/2 wedge

Method to prepare:

Clean and wash Mutton and cut into required size. Place it in a cooker along with 1/4 tsp of ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and mint leaves with just enough water to cook. Put it for 5 whistles or till mutton is well cooked.

Make a paste of ginger, garlic and green chillies. Chop Onions.

Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions and bay leaf. Once its light brown, add the ground paste. Let it fry for 5 mins. Then add the cooked mutton along with the water. Add all the spice powders along with coriander leaves. Simmer for 10 mins.

When you find the oil coming out or if the gravy is thick enough, remove from fire and add lemon juice.

Serve with Jeera rice.

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