Monday, June 9, 2008

Mutton Keema ~ Weekend Cooking!

During the weekend, we took the kids for swimming. Actually Konda and her father planned and we thought, seeing the pool, the twins might also want to jump in. As expected Peddu wanted to jump in, the moment he saw his sister and dada, as he calls his father. The two times we took them to the beach, Peddu enjoyed it the maximum. He happily sat in the water, with waves washing all over him, still he refused to come out of it. While Chinnu didn't even want his feet to be mudded. Knowing this, we took things for them, Chinnu's included anyway. Thinking he might be tempted enough to jump in. While Peddu happily jumped in, with the tube and merrily padded away, Chinnu got in and stayed just for a while. Infact, Peddu got to the water naturally, with his hands and legs doing a free style stroke! Chinnu was happy when he got out. He was more happy exploring other things around him!

While we were waiting for Konda and Hubby dear, I happened upon this lady who looked to be a North Indian. She was waiting for her kids, who were swimming. After a while few kids came out and were standing next to her. She started talking, asking them their names and next thing she asked was, if they were North Indians or South Indians. I was totally zapped for a moment, wondering why this question needs to be asked of a teenager! If she wanted to know what language they speak at home, could've asked the same thing in a different way. I know since she is living away from her native place, she may have wanted to know people with whom she could relate too. But my city is practically full of all states, so why feel left out! And how can we make our children learn to live in a more liberal world, if we don't come out of the old system! I guess it will take many centuries for that to happen!

Now coming to the Sunday lunch I made, it was surprising note that Mutton Keema never got featured in my dear blog. This was, once upon a time, a very favorite item that was cooked often. Now somehow, this seem to have taken a back bench! For hubby dear, mutton keema always comes in a combination. We have to make either Endumirapakaya pappu or Pachamirapakaya pappu along with it for rice.So it was Dal with Green chillies this time. There was also this Keema recipe of Amma's, which gets peas into it. Will try to get that done sometime! Then Amma made Pesara pappu Payasam or Yellow Moong dal payasam and sent across. It has always been my favorite and it comes out yummy.

Mutton Keema

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 15- 20 mins
Cooking Mode : Pressure Cooker
Serves - 3-4 regular serving.

Ingredients needed:

Mutton Keema - 250 gms
Onions - 1 big
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Roasted Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Cloves + Cardamom + Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - handful
Oil - 2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Clean and drain the keema over a colander. Chop all the veggies.

In a pressure pan, heat oil. Sauté the finely chopped onions. When they turn pink, add the ginger garlic paste! Let it fry till its now raw.

Add the Keema to the onion paste. Cook on high flame. You will find moisture coming out of the keema. Add the turmeric and salt.Fry for 2 mins. Then add all the spice powders. Sauté on high for 5 mins. It will be well mixed and dry keema at this stage.

Add the tomatoes and 1/2 cup water for it to be cooked. Replace lid and put for 3-4 whistles or till the Keema is cooked.

Once the pressure is off, garnish with coriander leaves and again let it cook on high for 2 mins.

Serve it as such with Chapatis or with Dal and rice.

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15 comments :

Asha said...

Isn't that ridiculous at this day and age that we are still aaked that question?
In UK, we were invited by a doctor(who is wonderful and a Punjabi) for dinner and to meet his mother who came to visit him from Delhi.
At first she didn't realize I am a south Indian by looking at me, then when she heard that I am from B'lore,she says "You are a South Indian?" and literally scrunched her face like a rag and moved a bit away from me! That's the last time I went to visit them even after she went home! Shame on her!:P
Be proud, and say I am Tamilian with pride next time. More than half the Doctors we have here in US are from Tamilnadu and Andhra, few are Keraites and Kannadigas. We all do very well here. I would never look down upon a person for any reason. It's sad when "our own people" do that us!
Keema is almost like a Chili we make here with different spices, looks yum!:)

Pearlsofeast said...

Srivalli,I know this is crazy.
Hey By way the keema looks great and we too had mutton curry and I have posted the recipe.

Padmaja said...

Valli
Nicely said my dear.
Ya we in UK still face it just the way Asha mentioned.
The first thing our Indians want to know before even making a conversation is where we are from?
Depending on whether its north or south, interaction moves on.
Sometimes I loose my cool Valli seeing that from fellow countrymen. I just hate it!! btw your mutton curry picture did cool me off nowww!! thats Rocky favourite and that bone, yum yum!! We don't even get mutton here, its lamb this and lamb that!!Sorry for not being in touch, finished my 5km race yesterday in 45 min, good eh!!

kamala said...

I too have a same experience.I have a lady in our apt who doesn't speak to me only because i am a south Indian..Keema looks yummy Valli

ranji said...

Its sad to see when an indian is exploited by another....India sure is progressing technologically but sure needs to give a second thought on their attitude...
sri..this is such a mouthwatering lunch...i am drooling here..its only morning here now and i am already hungry for lunch...

notyet100 said...

this discrimination is still there..u r quiet true..though we are in 21st century,..people still discriminate ,..don knw when they wil; grow up,..nd regarding the child thing,..most peopledon like tomix their children,..with other caste people..i noticed all this when i was in college,..,mutton keema is my favourite..ur recpe looks,authentic one,.here cant prepare cause goat meat not avaiable,,nd don likelamb meat,..:-(

Maheswari said...

Had the same experience many many times.My problem is i speak all the south indian languages except kannada and speak hindi very well.so they get confused and had to ask me the question.I don't know what difference it makes.?

so the twins enjoyed the water huh?..we took ram (son ) to the water park last week..he enjoys the water but never attempts to swim.just likes sitting in the water and splash..:D.



kheema looks yummy.Made kothu/kheema parotta this weekend for MBP..

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Sri...
I think that is a bad attitude among US Indians..... I am always proud to be a south Indian. Mutton Keema looks so good YUM!....

Kalai said...

Keema looks mouthwateringly good, Valli! Will have to try your version sometime. :)

Mallika said...

It's such a blanket term anyway! Being South Indian means you could be from a number of places... it's such a problem with these blanket terms. Love keema - and must try your recipe as it's a bit different from mine.

Cooking Station said...

Hi Sri, I am vegetarian so not sure how that dish tastes like, but wanted to say about NI and SI issue. I have studied in North and SOuth both places and people from both regions score equally on this issue. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind...that is all I can say. People should grow up..

Sia said...

who says we don't have racism in our own country by our own countrymen... its really sad!

Srivalli said...

Asha, thats really so sad..we do meet such people at times. We can only feel sorry that they are not able to come out such thoughts

Pearlsofeast, I know..I checked yours and it looked real yummy!

Padmaja, Glad you dropped by. I can understand you must be busy. Its really sad that things don't improve...thanks ..hope you get to make it sometime..its really wonderful to know abt the race..wonderful I must say!

kamala, how sad!..I can understand how depressing it can be

ranji, so true..we still have so many areas to improve...thanks..glad you liked it

priyanka, that happens all the place right..very sad indeed....thanks..you can make the same in other types too

Maheswari, its true and if you have grown up in a different place, you won't look your native too and it becomes more difficult!...

yep the elder one enjoyed it...the younger one might take some more time..its nice to know abt your son..I guess at this age, even that is enough..

kothu parotta..wow..hope you will send it to roti mela!

Sukanya, I guess this attitude is there in everybody!..so its a change that has to be happen with all!

Kalai, sure..do try and let me know!

Mallika, very true..I guess if will happen with a south indian living else where. Then they may also ask the same question...its more to do with the attitude...my contention was more on the point on why they have to ask such questions..be it a south indian or north indian!..but then I guess it will take ages for ppl to change their attitude!..sure do try and let me know!

CS, very true..this is basically with everybody!..as you said ppl have to grow up!

Sia, sadly true!

meeso said...

These kinds of things happen everywhere... My neighbors are from Georgia and since moving up to Michigan, they have experienced some issues like this... These things are always really sad, but even more for the people that can't see past such things.

Srivalli said...

meeso, its sad to know abt your neighbors. Its really depressing that its the same everywhere!

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