Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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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sra said...

Oh, please please let Peddu have his hug, it's too sweet a story not to have a sweet ending! Your meal looks delicious!

Srivalli said...

hahah...yes Srait was indeed so sweet...of course by then he had hugged him some 5 to 6 times, but every time his hand was precariously hovering on chinnu's mouth and there is all the chance that chinnu will bite him...so we had to pull him away..

Sia said...

LOL... did peddu got chance to hug chinnu in the end or not?
got ur mesg. i am surprised as how i missed ur blog. u r in girl:)

Srivalli said...

Yes Sia, he did. Nearly some 5-6 times but which time chinnu was seriously trying to bite him..:D. Thats nice to know!..

Asha said...

Haha!! I can imagine how much fun it was to watch all that Sri. Kids are fun when they are young. Once they grow up, they just go to their rooms and stay there!:P
Mutton gravy looks yummy. I only get lamb here, not as good as Mutton at all!

Happy cook said...

How could you deny peddu hugg is brother. OH i love both your kids. Redaing about them in your each post one get close to them. I could just imagine wht they were upto while reading the story.
Well in my place it was not shyama who was biting. I alwsays bit her.When evern i feel so happy with her i used to go and give her a bite ;-) not really painfull. This i did when she was little.
The mutton in gravy looks delicious

kamala said...

Pls do write all ur twins activities.Its real fun to read
abt them.Jeera Rice and mutton gravy looks perfect combi.

Priya said...

a nice story and a nice curry

vimmi said...

At least Chinnu tries to hug him, even though he knows he may get bit. Thats so cute. The mutton looks great. Love mutton too, though my recipe is a bit different.

Kalai said...

Your little ones sound soooo adorable! Kids are so much fun, aren't they?? This mutton looks phenomenal! I'd love this anytime, Srivalli! :)

remya said...

cute story......kids are amazing....mutton looks sooooooo gud

arundati said...

hi valli!! i nice read!! i have an award for you my girl....and a meme...check my blog to pick them up!! cheers!!

AnuZi said...

Cuuuuuute entry! and the dish looks absolutely delectable! and the pic gorgeous. thanks for sharing dear.

Pooja V said...

A very nice & sweet story. Your Mutton curry looks yummy !

Dhivya said...

ohh mutton gravy my all time favorite....looks yummy

Rina said...

Srivalli, love Mutton in any form...

Srivalli said...

Asha, yeah it was so nice seeing them like that...how true..these days konda does that at times...thanks you can try with that also right

Happy cook, hahha...its better than to have his hand bit right...thanks..glad you like reading about them...and what you did..hahah ..at times I feel like that but restrain from doing it... thanks

kamala, glad to know you guys like to read about them...thanks for liking the combi..

Priya, thank you!

vimmi, nay its peddu who wants to hug his younger one..no probs in getting confused...thanks..do share your recipe too..will have a new one to try!

Kalai, thank you..yeah kids are amazing always...glad you like the curry

remya, thank you..glad you like them

arundati, thank you...wow..an award..so sweet of you...

AnuZi, thanks ..glad you think so

Pooja, thank you...do try this out

Dhivya, glad you know this is your fav...

Rina, its my pleasure

Sig said...

oh Srivalli, it was worth the wait... Love this recipe, and it is different from all my mutton curry recipes.. :)
Your twins are soo cute... Looks like they provide great entertainment to you guys :)

Homecooked said...

The mutton looks delicious!!! Quite a story to go alongwith it :)

Srivalli said...

Sig, glad you liked...yes no doubt about that

Homecooked, thanks..glad you liked it

Maria Mcclain said...

Looks too yummy & delicious I will try it myself now anyway your blog is too outstanding and eye catching, you should submit it for free in this website for more exposure. Have a nice day.

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