Mint and coriander mutton curry / Pudina dhaniya mutton curry

 

mutton

Mutton curries need spices. Not necessarily a lot of chillies and heat, but whole spices. Or maybe it’s the south Indian in me who likes it like that. I’ve had mild curries as well and they’ve tasted fantastic. But cooking meat with a robust spice mix is glorious by itself. To balance the spices I mixed in some fresh coriander and mint. It’s pretty much how I make the masala for biryani but turned into curry, of course. If you want to lighten it, add some coconut milk or whipped yoghurt.

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Coconut Masala Paste For Curries

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This is my safe base as I’d like to call it. After a day’s work, I’d like to get done with cooking for dinner in minimum time so I can unwind and rest well before a good night’s sleep. This masala really helps my cause. For a quick curry I cook vegetables or chicken¬†in this paste along with coconut milk, stock or just water. Sometimes I add chopped tomatoes and tamarind pulp for some sourness while cooking the curry.

Ingredients for the ground masala:
6 Р7 dried red chillies РI used Kashmiri because they give more colour than heat
4 cloves garlic
1 inch piece of ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1 cup grated coconut or 1/2 cup coconut pieces

Optional: peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds

Method for the masala:
1. Saute all ingredients one at a time in 1 tbsp oil or ghee.
2. Grind to a fine paste with water.
3. Use immediately or store in air tight container in the fridge.

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Egg Masala

This is an almost perfect side dish you can whip up in under 5 minutes (provided you have boiled eggs in hand). My original plan of Keema (or Kheema, I don’t care) Pav didn’t work out, I resorted to this dish.

Ingredients:
Boiled eggs – 4
Oil – 1 tbsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method:
1. In hot oil, add jeera and curry leaves. Wait for them to splutter.
2. Add the spice powders and salt along with ginger garlic paste.
3. Saute for a minute, before adding eggs.
4. Mix well and serve.

Goes well as a side with dal and rice or rasam and rice, or maybe a as a sandwich filling. My favourite bit is how the curry leaves get crispy in the end.

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