Monday, February 4, 2013

Dalcha (Dhal Mutton Curry)

Two years then, I have already shared the recipe for Dalca (Mutton Curry). This one today is an upgraded version - sort of similar combo with mutton and dhal/lentils (Dhal Vegetable Soup) but additional powdered spices that comes in sachets. These spices are the handy way to cooking instead of pulsing raw spices in the blender (Vegetable Kurma). Indeed to save time, dalca undeniable is highly likeable, in fact a must for special occasions. and generally teamed with nasi beriyani or Garlic Coriander Rice. To make, you don't need a whole lot of ingredients,  but some are a must to heighten the flavours in a spicy-thick gravy, the point to note is that local mutton is tough (Mutton Devil Curry & Mutton Kurma). So, pressure cook it first before making the curry. Of course for fresh cuts, you don't have to. The other I should mention is that yogurt can be replaced with coconut milk (Bitter Gourd Potato Curry & Thai Green Vegetable Curry). If you ask me, I prefer yogurt (Potato Green Peas Curry, Cucumber Yogurt Salad, Prawn Yogurt Salad, Lamb Yogurt Curry & Grilled Mackerel With Yogurt Dip) for the natural creamy light sourness. 

400g mutton - a combination meat and bones
1 cup yellow dhal - soaked to soften
1 tbsp ginger paste
6 garlic - crushed
1 large red onion - cut into chunks
1 large tomato - cut into chunks
2 Indian brinjals - cut into eight pieces
2 tbsp yoghurt
3-4 sprigs curry leaves
2 stalks coriander leaves - sliced
3 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

1-2 tbsp plain chilli powder
1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp fennel powder

When oil is heated, sauté onion and ginger paste (just 1 min will do)
Add mutton and dhal. 
Stir to mix together (2-3mins).
Pour 1/2 liter of water.
Cook over low heat to soften mutton and dhal.
Then add all the spices, tomato, brinjal, curry leaves and salt.
Continue to simmer till brinjal is softened.
(Note: If you like more gravy, add more water).
Lastly add yoghurt and coriander leaves.
Give a good stir and off the heat. 

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  1. my FIL would kill for some of this

  2. Delicious curry with dal and meat Nava, Unique combo but flavorful.

  3. It's so hard to get mutton over here. Would love to try this.

  4. Thks for introducing me to Dalcha! Love the colours!

  5. Love Dalcha! I've never used yoghurt in it before, must try it.

  6. I love this combination of flavours together :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. A good meal on its own. I will happily have this as a one dish meal!

  8. mmm that looks yummy, i love the green leaves are they the curry leaves?

  9. Isaac - curry leaves added earlier and the green leaves are coriander leaves.

  10. This one looks terrific :) Hubby loves mutton dishes, so this is must try for us :)

  11. Lovely curry, beautiful flavours. I love it. Delicious :)

  12. We as a community are very fond of mutton... N your dalcha looks so tempting


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