Saturday, June 25, 2011

Pepper Mutton Curry


A spicy thick peppery curry made with mutton, spices and potatoes, and scented with curry leaves, this curry is a perfect choice for rice or paired with tosai, idli or roti canai. While I agree it is easier to make mutton curry with ready-made chilli and spice powder (masala mutton curry), for this curry, spices were dried fried to release the aroma and then blended for the curry paste. Curries cooked a day ahead, stored in the fridge and warmed up for the next day's meal are also tastier as by then  the meat would have totally soaked up in the curry. In fact, whenever I make curries for functions, it is always a day ahead also because of time and without rushing with the rest of the dishes.

Ingredients
500g mutton - cut into medium size pieces
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
2 bay leaves
1 (abt 180g) red onion - sliced
1 (abt 100g) tomato - sliced
3 potatoes - remove skin and cut into chunks
4-5 sprigs curry leaves
1/4 cup oil
Salt for taste

Curry Paste (dry fry and blend/ground)
1 tbsp black pepper seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin/jintan putih seeds
1 tsp fennel/jintan manis seeds
6 to 7 dried red chillies (or as per taste)
1 cinnamon, 3 cloves and 1 star anise

Method
Mix mutton with ginger paste, garlic paste and turmeric powder.
Set aside
Heat oil and when heated, saute onion and bay leaves.
Tip in curry paste.
Fry and cook till aromatic and oil splits. 
Add mutton and tomato.
Stir, pour 1/2 liter of water and season with salt.
Stir again and simmer till mutton is half cooked.
Add potatoes and curry leaves.
Continue to simmer to cook mutton and potatoes.   
Remove from heat.
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9 comments:

  1. Missed being here..love to see your innovative ideas.

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  2. Lovely looking curry. I'm with you...I like curry leftovers better than day of :)

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  3. Whenever I had roti canai, I'll ask for mutton curry,,love this...delicious

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  4. How you make me miss home Nava! We cannot find Indian curry here in Argentina. They don´t eat spicy food! I am an Indian friend in South Africa and she always sends me traditional Indian curry. My husband did not know what it tasted like and now he is also hooked. Luckily they keep me in supply and every time a friend visits from South Africa, I get a few packets.

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  5. thanks for all the sharing everyone.

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  6. I love pepper and can imagine how flavourful and yummy this curry will be

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