Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mutton Kurma

I like to cook or I would rather say it feels good cooking for my family. But spending lots of time in the kitchen is not my style. As mentioned in Fried Tom Yam Mee Hoon, choices are aplenty on how to keep cooking simple. Take for example this delicious pot of kurma curry made with ready korma mix. The taste is equally as good as those from up-notch Indian restaurants though its a modified Malaysian version with pandan/screwpine leaves, lemongrass and spices for aromas and cashew nuts for creaminess.

If you don't feel like making kurma but still a mutton dish, perhap try either the masala mutton curry or mutton dalca

400g mutton
1 tsp turmeric (kunyit) powder
1 tbsp ginger paste
1/2 tbsp garlic paste

Mix and marinate mutton with ginger paste, garlic paste and turmeric powder for about 20 minutes. 
Other Ingredients
3 tbs of kurma powder (mix with some water for a thick paste)
3 medium size potatoes (cut into medium size pieces with the skin on)
1 large tomato (cut into 8 pieces)
1 large onion (cut into 8 pieces)
3 to 4 red chillies - slit
8 garlic (smashed)
1 lemongrass (smashed)
5-6 pandan (screw-pine) leaves - knock all together
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 sprigs coriander leaves
Spices - 1 cinnamon, 1 anise seed, 3 cardamom & 3 cloves
100g yogurt
70g/2 tbsp cashew nuts (grounded/blended to a smooth paste) salt to taste
6 tbsp canola oil
Salt for taste

In heated oil, saute onion, garlic, lemongrass and spices; just a couple of minutes.
Tip in kurma paste.
Stir and cook over low heat till aromatic and oil splits.
Put in mutton, tomato, potato, red chillies, curry leaves and screw-pine leaves.
Stir; pour 4 cups of water.
Close with lid. 
Simmer till mutton and potatoes are soft and tender.
Stir in yogurt, cashew nut paste and season with salt.   
Off heat and stir in coriander leaves. 
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  1. Look nice, but I don't really favour mutton. :P Can replace with chicken?

  2. So many years didn’t eat this. Fuahh, I am so hungry now!

  3. Damn, I'm hungry now, I guess I'll be having mutton kurma for lunch now :)


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