Spicy and succulent.
After all that mango and chocolate , spicy Mutton Raarah-Rara Meat is so needed.
I am one of those who love their sweet before the meal, after the meal, between two meals-whenever!…that way you have the best of everything.Sweet and then the spice that lingers.
Now what is amazing is the aroma that penetrates every object in your house. The knowledge that what you are making is akin to manna from heaven.
Everything else on the table goes untouched…and there are no leftovers.
Sad, that means you have to toil over the hot stove again.
Well, a woman’s job is never done…even before the meal ends ,one begins to contemplate about the next.I actually love leftovers…
But this also tells you that you did a great job.
So a pat on the back from me!
This recipe is courtesy the gr8 Jiggs Kalra from his book, Prasad_Cooking with the Indian Masters.(with a few minor changes)
I may have names the book incorrectly in the past so will return and edit.
Simple, as few ingredients as possible and requiring a lot of muscle power. The best way for the chef to keep his muscles strong…make something that involves a lot of stirring.
One kilo for five people…thank god I did not make the rotis that day…otherwise it would have been rolling forever.
Mutton Raarah-Rara Meat Inspired by Jiggs Kalra…
1 kilo assorted cuts of mutton
1 cup thick yogurt/curd
150 mils ghee/clarified butter/mustard oil
1 generous cup thinly sliced onions
5 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/3 cup fresh tomato puree
1 1/2 tsp salt(you may need more or less)
2 -3 tsp red chilli flakes/powder
5 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric
4 black cardamom
10 green cardamom
2-4 bay leaves
for the tempering
1 tsp ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
3-4 whole dry red chillies
Experience is a fantastic teacher…wisdom! I’ve realised that if you marinate the mutton for 10 to 12 hours the results are fantastic. So I did.
The mutton and the thick yogurt/curd mixed together in a glass bowl, cover and dumped in the fridge overnight.This is the morning after pic…looks a little worse for the wear I know.
That is all the spice you need. And the bay leaves are fresh off the bushel.
You should use ghee…the flavours are amazing with that. If you are young and restless and do not have to worry about cholesterol USE ghee….if you are catering to the tottering(tottering between health and good taste)…go for mustard oil or even olive oil. A neutral oil will not lend Anything to the dish.Heat the oil and pop the cardamom etc and after they swell and explode ,add the onions and the salt.
That is the ginger and garlic and pound the living daylights out of them and collect around 5 tsp of the paste.
Once the onions are translucent, pop the ginger and garlic in. Just ensure that you do not do all This on high heat. Stir a bit and prepare yourself for the next step.
The ancient cooks of the Punjab seemed to love coriander. Almost all the recipes are coriander centric. Probably because this gives an earthy taste to the food and thickens the gravy. These are the dry spices.
Add half cup water to this and mix well. Now wait for the onions to cook to a brown crisp colour…don’t burn them…and when the onion mix is done pour the spices into the pan stirring constantly. The chili will not burn and will cook the turmeric and coriander.
Once the oil separates add mutton, marinade juices and all. On high heat, stir till it comes to a boil .
On a low heat keep stirring…and stirring…this is after half an hour. Did I mention it was a long process??
And this is after about an hour, if you think the mutton is dry, add a couple of tablespoons of hot water.Keep stirring, keep stirring!
That is the tomato puree..
After about one more hour now add the tomato puree..and Keep stirring, keep stirring!
Check for the salt and spices…I added more salt and chili flakes.
If you get tender mutton, the meat will have fallen off the bone by now…here in Ranchi ,no matter how much you cook the meat, it still needs a bit more. So one pressure with a cup full of water and now its ready. See the oil floating???
Now the pretty part. Dish out the mutton into a serving dish, heat the ghee(here use ghee!) and pop in the cumin seeds first , the chillies second.
Pour over the Mutton Raarah-Rara Meat. Mix lightly and …
Serve hot. With Roti, Naan or Paranthas.
No these are not fresh olives, but Jamuns..fresh from the tree in my backyard.
This was enough for one person.
A Satisfied Person.