Monday, June 2, 2008

Brinjal n Potato in Mutton ~ Weekend Cooking!

We go through some pretty discussions on what to make for the weekend lunch. The past few days saw me with nothing new to post about. I ended up with already cooked gravies or Rice varieties.I was awfully upset over this and was telling hubby dear about this. He suggested that I spend my weekend cooking up something new, so that I don't ask him what to cook nor what to post for next few days.

As I mentioned, for the Recipe Marathon, since I used up all my drafts, I had to cook something new everyday before I could post it. But it was great doing it. The trill of cooking something new and then clicking it and then talking about it along with some something else to remember later. There is something very nice to the whole thing. So hubby dear suggested, I plan for some new non-veg for the weekend lunch.I said I think I posted all the varieties that I know to cook with Mutton, he said there is one with Gongura and then one with brinjal and potatoes that they cook the Mutton with. Yeah I remember the famous Andhra Mutton with Gongura. Since gongura was not available on hand, decided to use Brinjal and Potatoes. Hubby dear enjoyed his lunch greatly!

We took the twins to the play school today. All of them stayed back, while I left for office. They didn't cry much because Athamma and Konda were with them, while hubby dear stayed out. We will know the difference tomorrow. Few other kids were on their first day and they were crying their heart out. I was so moved seeing them cry, but what to do. Life has to be dealt! Hopefully they should get settled soon, including my little ones. Peddu, I heard, was consoling the kids who were crying. He was going on wiping their tears. Guess he was too sure of his state as Athamma was around. Tomorrow might show us how they will fare. But then of course, since they have each other around, they shouldn't be feeling left out, or atleast I hope they adjust soon.

Brinjal n Potato in Mutton Gravy

Mutton - 250 gms
Brinjal - 2 medium
Potatoes -1 medium
Onions - 1 medium
Tomatoes - 2 small
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Cinnamon + Cardamom + cloves - 3/4 tsp
Coconut Paste - 2 tsp
Poppy seeds paste - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Roasted Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves for garnish
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Clean and cut mutton to small pieces. Chop Brinjal to 4 quarters, same as Potatoes. Soak these in water so that they turn brown.

Heat a pressure cooker with oil. Sauté the onions till pink , then add the ginger garlic paste. Sauté till this turns brown. Then add the finely chopped tomatoes along with the meat.Cook on heat flame for 5 mins, stirring in between so that it doesn't get burnt.

Add the chili powder, coriander powder, poppy seeds, spice powder and salt.. And continue cooking on high. Then coconut paste and 1 glass of water. Cook till its blended well. Cover it with the cooker lid and put it for 3-4 whistles or till the mutton is almost well cooked.

Once the pressure is off, add the brinjal and potato pieces. Put it for 1 whistle. The vegetables get cooked by 1 whistle. If its over cooked, it tends to get mashed with the gravy, so its good to cook it for just the right time.

Remove the lid and let it cooked on high flame again so that the gravy is thick. Garnish with coriander leaves.

The change in this from the regular Mutton gravy, is the use of roasted coriander powder and the spice powders. The use of freshly ground spices adds lot of flavour to the meat, including the vegetables.

This variety of cooking meat with vegetables is quite a common one in rural parts of Andhra.

Have a great week ahead!

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Laavanya said...

I think I cried a lot more than my daughter! It is a very difficult time but like you say, that's life and it has to be done. But you are right, the twins have each other and may find that part comforting.
All the best!

Happy cook said...

Mutton cry looks delicious.
I was smilly with the image peddu wipping the tears from other kids.
So sweet.
When Shyama went to school first time i had more trouble than her :-)
I do agree with lavanye twins have each other

Happy cook said...

Oh i forgot to say I have a award for you in my place

Asha said...

Oh, they started the pre school, sounds great to me!;D
As much as I love my kids, I love the space and time I get once they are in school. Summer holiday means more work for me cooking lunch too!:D
Mutton gravy looks so good, we get only Lamb here.

Suma Rajesh said...

ur curry looks delicious but am not a mutton lover..will try in under chicken .....

kamala said...

Amma adds potato in mutton everytime.Potato tastes heavenly in the mutton gravy.We have brinjal with bones of muuton.Its fun to read abt Peddu wiping other's tears Valli

Kalai said...

Mutton looks absolutely delicious! Love the idea of adding vegetables to it. I can only imagine the pain that separation causes, Valli. Like you say, though, they have to move on to this stage even though it might feel difficult. As others have said, it's great that the twins have each other, too! :)

ranji said...

its gr8 being a vegetarian u cook with a variety of meats..hats off to u!!!
me being a non-veg,i can only cook with chicken and fish...never liked any other meat....
will try this recipe with chicken..looks delcious!!!

Arundathi said...

my daughter cried everyday the entire time for a month! she cried so much that people came from other classes and even from the road, passers-by stopped to ask if everything was ok! it was horrible! But she loves it now and is ready and waiting at the door way before anyone else! :) life goes on... :-)

Miri said...

delicious and very different! dont worry about the kids, a few days and they will be loving it! But yes, it pulls on your heart strings when you leave them crying!

Cham said...

the first day is hard for parents, i remember my son 's yelling and do have a pictu to tease him now :) At least they are together..
The lamb curry is delicious and i feel hungry Valli!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

WOW... That was a excellent feast for ur mouth and for my eyes. Glad u get mutton in ur place. Looks good YUM!...

Swati Raman Garg said...

so pre school started.. they will have funn... and yeah this gravy sounds gooooooooood:)

Homecooked said... have twins and you still manage to make such awesome dishes! Hats off to you. By the way the curry looks so delicious...totally droolworthy.

Srivalli said...

Laavanya, yeah its so heart breaking...but hope they learn soon!..

F, thank you..yeah thats what we were thinking yesterday he did who is going to do for him..but he was ok...thank you for thinking of me

Asha, yeah..hhehe..yeah maybe good for can make this with lamb too..for us not much differenace as such!

Suma, yeah do try..

kamala, oh thats nice to know..though this is the first time i am cooking like this!

Kalai, thank you!..I take console on that fact!

ranji, thank you..its a pleasure cooking for family..

Anu, for a month..I am really scared daughter didnt' cry that much..but thats nice to know that kids learn to love it after a while..hope mine do faster!

Miri, yeah hopefully they settle down soon!

Cham, heheh..thats fun!...I keep thinking I should take a picture ..keep forgeting in the hassle!

Sukanya, thank you dear..hope you can try this too!

Swati, hope too...thanks!

Hc, thank you for your pleasure!

Sia said...

twins started going to play schools already? its so sweet of peddu:) ur kids stories always bring smile on my face:)

Maheswari said...

Brinjal,potato and mutton..that is new combo to me..looks delicious..

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