This dish of mine has a small history behind it that goes back to when i was a school girl in pigtails! I schooled in Hong Kong and i used to have a friend Jyoti Daryanani who by gods grace is still my friend! Her mom Meena ran a small restaurant from home and boy could she cook. I still remember some of her famous dishes…but the one that took me by storm was her sindhi style mutton, what we call “teevarn dabroti” and she would serve it on a slice of bread. When i got married and moved to Valencia i did everything i could to create the same recipe and taste but alas! Then one day Jyoti decided to visit Spain and came to Valencia…with her mom!!!
They stayed with me for two days and i was taught that mutton i craved for. Over the years i have developed my own taste but the basic steps of the recipe remain the same. I use my own home made garam masala for this because i find no ready made garam masala can do justice to the taste.
So….do you want to learn this from me??? I am writing this recipe for a dear friend of mine who asked me for it.
Its easy and i shall guide you through it step by step.
INGREDIENTS FOR 2 (so you can have some leftovers!!)
500 grams of boneless mutton or lamb or meat of your choice, cubed and washed…i feel the best parts of lamb are the shoulder or the leg..
500 grams of chopped onions
350 grams of chopped red juicy tomatoes
2 inches of chopped ginger
10 cloves of chopped garlic
4-5 green chillies if you want it spicy
1 cup of chopped coriander leaves
FOR THE SPICES:
2 bay leaves
2 inches piece of cinnamon
1 heaped tablespoon of garam masala powder (Please watch my youtube video on how to make it)
2 heaped tablespoons of coriander powder
1 small pinch of Nitu Didi pure turmeric powder
1 teaspoon of ground cardamoms
1.5 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of red chilli powder if you want it spicy
5 tablespoons of cooking oil
2 cups of water
In a pan or pressure cooker ( i used a pressure cooker because when i put the meat to cook in the pressure cooker the gravy becomes nice and smooth).Put the pan on heat and add the oil and then the bay leaves, the cloves and the cinnamon and after a few seconds add half the ginger and garlic. Let the ginger garlic cook a bit (do not burn) and then add the washed mutton and let it cook. First you will see all the juices coming out of the meat…then it will start to brown..this takes time..be patient… have a glass of wine or beer while doing this…or log onto facebook!!! Once the juices evaporate the meat will start to brown. As soon as the juices evaporate and the meat starts browning slightly add the chopped onions and the salt and the rest of the ginger garlic. Let the onions soften and then they will turn mushy and start to brown. You are doing this perfectly. When they are browned add the turmeric powder, the coriander powder , garam masala and red chilli powder if you want it hot. Give it a good stir and then add the tomatoes. Cook till they are mushy and once they are mushy add the green chillies. Once this is all done you will see your lamb getting quite soft. If using any other meat like mutton or beef you may need more cooking time. Add the water and put the cover on the pressure cooker and cook for maximum two whistles. If cooking in a normal pan add the water and cook till the meat is tender. Once the pressure cooker is cooled down open the lid carefully and taste seasoning. Add the cardamom powder and the chopped coriander leaves.
Thats it!!! Not too complicated i hope !!!
NITU DIDI TIP:
This recipe can be also made with chicken… the cooking time will be much less ofcourse
If you want you can add some cubed potatoes to this also…or some lotus root….thats really typical sindhi
My dad would add some black label scotch whisky to it while browning the meat…. you can try that too!!
If you want less gravy add less onions and also less water. This is a recipe that practice makes perfect
To see how to make my home made garam masala CLICK HERE
How to serve this:
You can eat this with rotis, with boiled basmati rice or as Aunty Meena would serve it… on a slice of bread topped with onion salad and sev…
to make onion salad: chop onions, coriander leaves and green chillies…add salt and lime and leave for a while
I hope you all enjoy my world famous sindhi mutton!! OH YES….i forgot to tell you why i gave it this name…coz wherever in the world i travel…i am asked to cook this!!!! And people have heard about my mutton… its a topic of discussion!!! Hope it can be the same with all of you…Thank you soo much Jyoti Daryanani and Aunty Meena……
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