Monday, February 4, 2013

Dalcha (Dhal Mutton Curry)

You know what? I made another version of Dalcha. Remember the previous? Dalca - Mutton Dhal Curry? That's right. But before you jump the gun, lemme assure you that its not the same. Not similar basically. Another, the other side of mutton and dhal being celebrated as the two core ingredients. Mutton of course, as you know or don't, I won't deny is one of those we long for every now and then until, the various types of mutton dishes I have already shared with all of you (Mutton ParathalIndian Mutton Meatball Soup, Mutton Soup, Mutton Kurma, Masala Mutton Curry, Mutton Keema & Devil's Curry) speaks for themselves. In fact, if you are asking me, you can go ahead and use lamb as well (Lamb Kofta Curry & Lamb Spaghetti) for dalcha or maybe beef or you think chicken it can be? Of course, like I have already told you, lentils or dhal for our Indian cooking undeniably? You tell me (Mysore SambarDhal Rice, Drumstick Sambar, Fish Sambar & Bitter Gourd Sambar). So, how do we make Dalcha? Listed below are the ingredients. Dhal, mutton, spices, veggies and for the creamy touch, instead of coconut milk, I added yogurt (Vegetarian Mulligatawny Soup).

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 yogurt
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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