Today I m guest blogging at Kankana’s blog Sunshine & Smile. She is a lovely friend and it’s a huge pleasure to share her space today. I have been in touch with kankana via twitter for over 6 months now and she is full of warmth, energy & enthusiasm, which reflects in each of her blogposts. Her blog is full of mouth-watering dishes from different cuisines and whenever I land at her page, I leave hungry and smiling 🙂 Thanks so much for having me here!
I have wanted to share this minced mutton rice pilaf recipe for a long time & knowing Kankana’s liking for non-vegetarian food, this was a perfect opportunity. This recipe combines three of my loves into one – meat, potatoes & rice. It is a super comforting & easy meal, which is usually a weekend special at my home.
Hop over to her blog to see my post here. You can find the printable recipe here.
Ingredients:- (Serves 2-3)
1 cup basmati rice
2 cups water (or as required for cooking your rice variety)
3 tbsp mustard/canola oil
2 bay leaves
2″ cinnamon stick
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
½ tsp black peppercorns (or to taste)
2 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1 lb lamb/mutton, minced
1 large potato, peeled & cut into cubes
10-12 fresh mint leaves, chopped
Salt to taste
Chopped cilantro/mint leaves for garnish
Pick and clean the rice. Wash under running stream of water. Set aside.
Using a mortar & pestle, coarsely pound the fennel, cumin,coriander & black peppercorns seeds. Set aside.
In a heavy bottomed, wide mouthed pot, heat oil to smoking point on high. Once smoking, reduce heat to medium, wait for 2 minutes and then add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, & cloves to the pot.
Once the spices crackle & you smell the aroma in about 20 seconds, add the chopped onions to the pot. Cook on medium till onions start to turn brown. About 5-6 minutes.
Add the pounded cumin, black peppercorn,fennel & coriander seeds next and sauté for another 30 seconds.
Next add the ginger-garlic paste along with tomatoes & red chili powder. Cook on medium for another 6-7 minutes till you see oil separating on sides of the pot.
At this point, turn the heat high and add the minced meat & potatoes. Cook the meat on high with continuous stirring (not mushing) till it changes color. You will also see fat & water separating from the meat but keep on cooking on high for 8-10 minutes.
Once the meat has browned, add the washed basmati rice along with chopped mint leaves. Add the 2 cups of water (or as required) for cooking. Since the mince will leave more water as it cooks, I suggest less water than required.
Let the rice soak for 30 minutes.
After the rice has soaked, cover the pot and let the contents come to a boil on high. About 8 minutes.
Once boiling, reduce heat to low and let rice cook covered till done. About 10 minutes. After rice is cooked, put the heat off and let the rice sit covered for another 15 minutes, undisturbed.
Open the lid, fluff the rice with fork and garnish with chopped cilantro/mint.
1.5 lb of [bone-in ]mutton, cut into medium pieces [or lamb or beef]
1.5 cups of buttermilk [slightly sour]
3 fat garlic cloves, grated
2″ shoot of ginger,grated
1 tsp nutmeg, grated
Salt to taste
Whole Spices :
2 cups onions , thinly sliced
10-12 whole dry red chillies
1 tbsp whole black peppercorn
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 nos black cardamoms, cracked open
3 bay leaves
1″ shoot of cinnamon
1 twig mace
4 tbsp cooking oil [I use mustard, you can use olive/canola]
2-3 cups warm water
How I did it:
Wash and pat dry the mutton pieces.
In a ziplock plastic bag, pour in the buttermilk, grated nutmeg,grated garlic & ginger along with salt.Give it a shake to combine well.
Next, tip in the mutton pieces into the bag and give it a shake again to make sure that the buttermilk covers all the pieces.Lay the bag flat in a big square tray and let marinate overnight or at least 3-4 hours.
Making the Stew :
[Method 1 : Cooking in an Open pot [with lid]/Dutch oven]
Heat the oil in a pot/dutch oven to a smoking point on medium heat.TIP: When using mustard oil, you need to heat it up till the point it starts smoking to ensure the raw smell is gone.For 4 tbsp oil, atleast good 8-10 minutes.If using olive/canola, the heating time will be way less.
Once heated,reduce the heat to low and wait for 5 minutes to lower the temp a bit so that spices don’t burn.Add all the whole spices except dry red chillies to the oil and cook until the spices emit their aroma..around 3 minutes.
Next add the onions, raise the heat to medium and cook the onions stirring constantly untill they become translucent to light brown.
Add the dry red chillies then.
Strain the mutton pieces from the buttermilk mixture, retain the marinade.
Add the mutton pieces to the pot and on high heat, cook the mutton pieces for 10-12 minutes until all sides of the meat have browned.
Next, add the marinade & 2 cups of warm water to the pot, check the salt and cover the pot/dutch oven.
Let the water come to a boil on high heat and then reduce the heat to as low as possible.
Let the meat simmer in the pot/dutch oven for good 4-6 hours periodically checking to make sure the liquid doesn’t dissipate, and adding warm water if needed.
The stew is considered finished when the meat is very tender, just about to fall apart from the bones and the flavor of the gravy is intense. Adjust the salt again if needed.
Garnish with chopped cilantro & serve with warm khamiri rotis [yeasted flatbreads] and onions.
[Method 2: Using a pressure pan/cooker]
The time taken by this popular Indian method is very less and the taste is slightly different and less intense. The cooking steps remain the same except that you need to cook the meat as per your pressure cooker.To give a rough estimate, the meat will take at least 25-30 minutes with 6-7 whistles on a low heat to become tender.