Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Malaysian Chettinad Mutton Curry

A picture paints a thousand words. In the blogging world and social media, it paints a million of words. That's why, do or die, beg, borrow or steal (oopsie!!), the latest high megapixel camera or high quality camera phone seemingly is a must to impress the virtual world. Also, let's not pretend we don't know about software to further enhance food pictures as to garner the highest number of likes and followers. If you are not there yet, please step forward to the picture awing lifestyle.  

I on the other hand am still faithful to my 4 year old Canon DSLR camera but it is now collecting dust. Picturing with my Iphone5 I've figured is rather uncomplicated even though some pictures go haywire because my hands tremble crazily. Thus, I am capturing more shots at one go. Nonetheless, it is rather hell and heaven with storing pictures. Few years back, I accidentally dropped my external drive. Gone forever thousands of pictures despite crying "buckets of tears".   

So now I have two drives. Clever. Who? Of Course Nava K. Backing up is vital but searching for pictures between the thousands is frantically brain cracking. Hours in front of my laptop until my shoulders literally drops apart, I can't comprehend what goes wrong where. Frustrating. Disappointing. Anger. Thankfully, for this Chettinad Mutton Curry a few pictures popped out.   

Chettinad Mutton Curry apparently can be cooked in our style, your style, my style (Simple Mutton Curry) and don’t forget the copied style some won’t admit pinching from other sites and blogs. Best of luck to these people, please continue cheating yourself for cheap publicity on social media. I of course have been making mutton curry for the longest time. We love mutton (Mutton Rendang). Mutton (Mutton Gosht) or even lamb (Thai Lamb Massaman Curry, Lamb Yogurt Curry & Lamb Kofta Curry). Used to be every fortnight, but after crossing the big five, it is now maybe once a month.  

Suffice to say, any mutton curry (Mutton Bone Marrow Curry), whether from Chettinad, Kerala, Kashmir, wherever or from Nava’s Malaysian home (Curried Mutton Bone Marrow) is about spiciness and aroma. We Indians love such a combination of flavours for the finger licking goodness (Chilli Mutton With Potatoes) when eaten with mainly rice (Mutton Devil Curry) or chappati, tosai or even normal bread (Mutton Kurma & Dhal Mutton Curry). There is also the choice between pressure cooking mutton and buying the tender cuts (Mutton In Yogurt Mint Gravy). Generally, the ones I buy must be pressure cooked. Otherwise, you chew and chew, until your jaw falls apart instead of joying into Nava-k's Malaysian Chettinad Mutton Curry. Yeh!

1/2 kg mutton with bones - cut into bite sizes. 
Add 1/2 tbsp ginger paste, 1/2 tbsp garlic paste and some water.
Pressure cook to tenderize mutton and keep aside

Curry Paste
1 tbsp plain chilli powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp fennel powder
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
Mix with some water for a smooth paste

Other Ingredients
4 medium size potatoes - remove skin and cut into medium size pieces
2 red chillies - sliced into 4 to 5 pieces
6 shallots - sliced
Spices - 1 cinnamon, 2 star anise and 4 cloves
1 medium size tomato - sliced thinly
2 tbsp yogurt -whisk to remove lumps
1/2 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves (or some curry leaves)
1/4 cup oil
Salt to taste
Heat oil.
Saute red chillies,shallots and spices.
Add curry paste.
Stir and cook till aromatic and oil splits.
Add tomato and potatoes.
Stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Pour enough water for gravy.
Stir and simmer to soften potatoes.
Add mutton and season with salt.
Stir and gently combine in yogurt and fenugreek leaves.
Stir, heat through and off the heat.
Close with a lid and let it sit for at least two hours before serving.
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  1. I love the original Chettinad curry recipes with mutton makes a lovely combination.. love ur recipes..
    Abt photographs.. well m still far behind the DSLR n apple world n i really don't care about pics fr now as long as it is clear and visible bt righly pointed the money ppl spend in tools fr photographs now a days bt what abt writing- very few who write and communicate well...

  2. Curry is always good. Now I am really hungry :-))

  3. Wow...!! This is so simple and I can't resist it myself....!! I feel to grab it...!

  4. Hard drive accidents are soo disheartening sometimes storing pics in Flickr and picasa has come to my rescue. Malaysian Chettinad I admire that usage no confusions and lip smacking curry Nava.

  5. Love mutton...cant take my eyes off...

  6. I agree to your view on the pictures... It is so unfortunate that pictures speak more than the actual recipe, so you have to camouflage and make it look good, and yes, Iphone is more convenient, but I still prefer my bulky DSLR. :) Love this delicious looking mutton curry with loads of potatoes, so flavorful...

  7. Wow a nice bowl of this delicious curry on a cold day will keep you warm and satisfy yummy.

  8. This looks awesome! Haven't had mutton in a while as my husband is off red meat. Now that the cooler days are coming I'd love a little indulgence with this type of curries. Tempted!:)

  9. tasty recipe and I will try to make it at home.

  10. This looks amazingly delicious dear!

  11. Even my mum use to add potato to mutton curry.


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