Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Chettinad Mutton Masala

Today is the eve of Puratasi month which is dedicated to Lord Balaji .
We will not be making non-veg till the end of this tamil month.
Thought of making a special dish in mutton.Chettinad Mutton
Masala is the traditional South Indian Style of cooking lamb.


Mutton Pieces - 1/2 kg
Castor oil - 1 tsp
Sunflower/Olive oil - 1 cup
Red Chillies - 6
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Ginger - 1 piece
Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Shallots - 200 gms
Cloves(grambu) - 3
Garlic cloves - 6
Fenugreek - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves - 2 bunches
Turmeric Powder - 2 tsps
Salt - 2 tsps

Method of Cooking:

Wash the mutton with little tumeric powder and 2 pinches of salt
and keep it aside.In a dry pan roast the red chillies,coriander seeds
and cumin seeds and grind to afine powder without adding oil .

Preferably pressure cooker should be used for cooking this dish
to get a better taste.In a cooker heat 1 cup of sunflower oil and add
the mutton and the ground fine powdered mix into it. Add 1 tsp of
castor oil bcoz it makes the mutton tender.Add 1 cup of water cook
in medium till 3 whistles in the pressure cooker and keep it aside to
cool down.

Chop the shallots.In a pan add i tsp oil and fry the shallots. Grind
all the remaining ingredients, make it a paste and add it to the pan
and mix it.Finally add this mix to the mutton in pressure cooker,
add 2 more cups of water,2tspsof salt and 1 tsp of turmeric powder
and cook in medium heat till 3 whistles in pressure cooker.This
serves for 2 and for serving 4 double all the ingredients.

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