Aloo Gosht (Mutton and potato Curry)


Gosht refers to tender meat, cooked for a long time, and used as an ingredient in a number of Middle Eastern cuisine, Central Asian cuisine and cuisine of the Indian subcontinent. The word stems from the Persian word gosht, meaning “meat” or “flesh”, especially that of a goat.

Aloo Gosht (mutton & potato curry) is a spicy meat gravy that has potatoes cooked with lamb or Goat meat in a thick stew. Different parts of India prepare this dish in different ways.

Today I am sharing my own recipe for Aloo Gosht using a pressure cooker and you can check my other non-veg curry Recipes.and at the end do check important notes.

Mutton Curry

Mutton Biryani

ingredients

1 kg mutton(goat meat )

5 tbsp Mustard oil/any cooking oil

2 onion finely chopped

2 tbsp ginger paste

2 tbsp garlic paste

1½ tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder

2 tbsp coriander powder

1 tbsp cumin powder

Whole garam masala

1 tsp black peppercorns

1 tsp Black Cumin Seeds

5-6 green cardamom,

2 sticks cinnamon

Few threads of mace

1-2 Dry Red Chillies

2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder

1 tsp Mutton Masala

2-3 Potatoes (Peeled and cut into large chunks )

A handful of cilantro /coriander leaves

Salt to taste

Water for Gravy

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method

Wash and clean mutton and keep aside. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add potatoes and fry until they turn slightly brown. Remove the potatoes on a plate. Add remaining oil and heat put in the whole garam masala. When they start to crackle, put in the chopped onions and fry till they turn golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry again for about two minutes or till raw smell goes away.

lower heat while adding dry spices powder to prevent it from burning and fry on medium heat till the oil comes up. Now add mutton and cilantro (you can add at the end but my family don’t like in Non-veg food so I always while cooking only)stir fry on a high flame for 2 minutes. Pour in hot water and add salt. Put the lid and cook for 5-6 whistles and turn off the heat and let it release pressure on its own.once pressure release naturally.open the lid carefully as the gravy will be very hot and 

Check mutton, using a fork or spoon does it cook properly and mutton is very tender .add more water if necessary. You can make this as thick or thin as you like (we prefer it a little thicker Check seasoning, adding more salt if necessary.and at last add fry potatoes and cook until the potatoes are very soft but not falling apart. 

Serve it with white steamed rice /roti /paratha or naan Along with Green salad or PIckled onion.

Notes:-

pressure cook this mixture for about 5-6 whistles on high flame depending on your meat quality.

for open pot wait for the mixture to come to a boil, cover the lid, and let it cook for about 45 minutes or so, depending on your meat goat takes longer than lamb.

This gravy is a blend of many different spices and has to be carefully balanced to bring out the flavours the best quality mutton. The mutton pieces should be pink in colour and with bones. Try to use meat from the hind leg of the goat. They are the best to make curries.

You can make the gravy soupy by adding more water to it but my family prefer thick gravy only. You can use a tbsp Badshah brand Nawabi Mutton Masala or( you can skip )in the recipe too for a delicious flavour

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can cook this curry in a normal heavy bottom pan. Just that it will take more time for the mutton to get cooked properly.

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HOW TO FERMENT THE BATTER IN INSTANT POT?


 

Fermenting batter is difficult in colder places like the US, especially during the winter months. But guess what Using InstantPot it come to the rescue.

I used to have a hard time getting the batter right. Sometimes it would not ferment and rise enough, and at other times it would be perfect, keeping me wondering what went wrong. But eventually now I can make perfect batter every time.

Today I am sharing one more method of fermenting Idli batter using the Instant pot. Yes, you read that right…you can ferment batter in instant pot. Mix the rice and urad dal batter very well. Add salt and mix thoroughly using a wooden spatula. Place the batter in the inner pot and place the Instant pot in the “yogurt” setting on Normal for 8 hours.
Ensure that the vent is left open for the Yogurt mode.

 

Using the Instant Pot YOGURT mode is a great idea. With an insulated case, the temperature is maintained for the time we need, giving great results irrespective of outside temperature.

NOTE: i removed instant pot sealing and use Instant pot lid or you can Use normal lid to cover that lets a little air through.if its doesn’t ferment then put on low settings for 1-2 hrs more.

In the 8 hours, the batter would have become lighter and doubled in volume as it ferments and you can tell that from the smell too. Now you are all set to cook the batter for some soft and Spongy Soft Idli

try this with this Accompaniment and check it 

Sambar Green Coconut Chutney Peanut Chutney

 

Veg Uttapam


Uttapam is a dosa-like dish made by cooking ingredients in a batter. Unlike a dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, uttapam is a thick pancake, with toppings cooked right into the batter or just a sprinkle red chilli powder.batter is made of a urad dal and rice.The dal and rice are ground and fermented. The outer surface is crisp like Plain Dosa and the inner layers are like Soft Idli.Serve with Green Coconut Chutney & Peanut Chutney .check one more plain mini uttapam recipe

Ingredients

2 cups Rice

1/2 cup Urad Dal (Split black lentils)

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

2 tsp salt

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp (optional)

Vegetable Toppings

Onion finely chopped 2 tbsp

Tomatoes chopped 1-2

Green chilli finely chopped 1-2

Method:

Wash & rinse rice and dal soak rice & dal along with fenugreek seeds.Grind to a smooth batter adding water gradually add salt and mix well using your hands.Allow the batter to ferment Overnight.

To prepare Uttapams:
Mix the batter well. If it is thick, add a little water.Heat a griddle.When it is hot, grease it with oil.take a ladle full of batter.Pour it in the centre.Do not spread it.Drizzle oil around the corners.After a minute, sprinkle red chilli powder & vegetable toppings flipped it and cook the other side.Serve hot with chutney.

Tips:-If using non-stick pan no need to grease the pan. Tawa/griddle has to be hot. while making uttapams adjust the flame from low to high.before pouring the batter, reduce the flame to low.Cook on medium flame.

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Plain Dosa


Dosa is a kind of crepe made from a fermented batter. Its main ingredients are rice and black gram(urad dal). It is a typical  South Indian diet and popular all over the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally, Dosa is served hot along with sambarchutney

This traditional South Indian dish usually ate for breakfast or dinner  They can either be made plain or stuffed.A Lot of variation of dosa can be prepared using a batter like a masala dosa,Onion dosa, Butter dosa, Masala dosa, Mysore masala dosa.one can check other south Indian delicacies on my blog Soft Idli Medu Vada Mini Plain Uttapam

I am sharing my recipe of Plain dosa ,this crepe has to be crusty and crisp.

Ingredients

make 10-12 dosa

Plain rice 1/2 cup

Parboiled rice 1/2 cup

Flattened Rice 2 tbsp

Black Gram(urad dal) 1/4 cup

Fenugreek (methi)seeds 1/4 tsp

Ghee or oil for cooking as preferred

Water or as required for grinding

Salt to taste

Method

Wash & Soak Rice and Black Gram together.In a separate bowl soak Fenugreek seeds & flattened rice .Allow to soak for 7-8   hours or overnight.Rewash the rice by draining the water 2-3 times.Grind to a paste adding Fenugreek seeds & flattened rice ,like grains should be felt in the batter or smooth consistency.now take the batter in a large bowl or pan.add salt. mix very well. cover and allow to ferment for 8 to 9 hours or more. time of fermentation will vary depending on the temperature conditions. lightly stir the batter before you begin to make dosa.

Heat the iron griddle or non-stick Tawa well.Pour a spoonful of batter in the center, spread with the back of the spoon to a thin round.Pour a tsp of ghee or oil over and cooked  for a very short time with oil or ghee until golden brown. The dosa may then be folded in half and served or rolled as in a wrap.Remove from Griddle & Serve hot with chutney & sambar.

Tips

1)proper fermentation will double up the volume of the batter and one can see tiny air pockets in the batter with a light sour aroma.

2)cook till the base is nicely golden and crisp. the base will leave the pan when its gets cooked.

Vegetable Pulao


Pulaos are a very famous dish in India. it is prepared using rice,there are many varieties of pulao Peas pulao Spicy veg Pulao the one here is made without onion & garlic. This recipe is very easy to prepare, as it doesn’t have too many ingredients and can be cooked quickly.One can add any vegetables by choice.Serve with Pickle & Raita.I have cooked in  my electric rice cooker. Today on eve of Krishna Janmashtami I prepared this recipe as we don’t eat onion-garlic food today.One can prepare for kids tiffin if they like a bit spice or for a spouse.

ingredients

Rice 1.5 cup

Ginger Chilli paste 1 tsp

Mixed Vegetable 1/2 cup

Bay Leaf 1

Cardamom 1

Big Cardamom 1

Cloves 2

Cumin Seeds 1 tsp

Turmeric 1/4 tsp

Coriander Powder 1 tsp

Beaten Yogurt 1 tbsp

Mint leaves few

Water 3 cup

Salt to taste

Ghee 1 tbsp or Any Cooking oil

Method

Wash & Soak rice for 20 min.Heat a pan then add ghee .add cumin seeds ,bay leaf Cardamom,Big Cardamom ,Cloves once it gave a fragrant add ginger-green chilli paste.saute & then add vegetables adding turmeric powder & coriander powder beaten yogurt cook till vegetables become soft ,add salt & few mint leaves which enhance flavor of rice,add soaked rice a stir slowly so that rice doesn’t break .Transfer into rice cooker bowl then adding water & press cook mode.once rice cooked & become fluffy.Before Serving remove bay leaves,cardamom & big Cardamom & cloves.Serve hot with Pickles & Raita.

 

Mini Plain Uttapam


Mini Uttapam is a dosa-like dish made by cooking ingredients in a batter. Unlike a dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, uttapam is a thick pancake, with toppings cooked right into the batter or just a sprinkle red chilli powder.batter is made of a urad dal and rice .The dal and rice are  ground and fermented. The outer surface is crisp and the inner layers are like Soft Idli.Serve with Green Coconut Chutney & Peanut Chutney

Ingredients

2 cups  Rice

1/2 cup  Urad Dal (Split black lentils)

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

2 tsp salt

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp (optional)

Method:

Wash & rinse rice and dal soak rice & dal along with fenugreek seeds.Grind to a smooth batter adding water gradually add salt and mix well using your hands.Allow the batter to ferment Overnight.

To prepare Uttapams:
Mix the batter well. If it is thick, add a little water.Heat a griddle.When it is hot, grease it with oil.take a ladle full of batter.Pour it in the centre.Do not spread it.Drizzle oil around the corners.After a minute, sprinkle red chilli powder & flipped it and cook the other side.Serve hot with chutney.

Tips :-If using non-stick pan no need to grease the pan. Tawa/griddle has to be hot. while making uttapams adjust the flame from low to high.before pouring the batter, reduce the flame to low.Cook on medium flame.

Soft Idli


It is made of soaking ,grinding  & fermented rice ,lentil then Steamed. Serve with sambar & chutneys.

Ingredients
(Make 25-30 idlis )

Idly rice 2 cup

Urad dal 1/2 cup

Flattened rice  thick 1/3 cup

Fenugreek seeds 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Method
Wash & Soak rice & Flattened rice together for min 4 hrs.
(for grinding use water used for soaking)In a different bowl soak urad dal & fenugreek seeds.Grind separately.Mix both mixture using hands.add salt & cover.Let it ferment overnight.In cold places ,it may take longer time.Steam idli & serve with sambar & chutneys

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Kheer


Kheer is a rice pudding from the cuisine of the Indian Subcontinent, made by boiling rice, with milk and sugar on a slow fire ; it is flavoured with cardamom & nut.Served Hot or Chilled

Ingredients

1/4th Cup or 100 g Basmati rice
1 can condensed milk  or sugar to taste
1-liter fresh milk
Cardamom powder, to taste
Dry fruits for garnish
Method
Boil fresh milk in a heavy bottomed pan.Add rice to the milk and mix.Cook on low flame till the rice grains turn soft and begin to break.Now add cardamom powder to the rice-milk mixture and stir well.If you are using condensed milk, Keeping on a slow flame, mix in the sweetened condensed milk into this pan and stir thoroughly.
Simmer for another  4-7 minute . Remove from fire and pour kheer into a serving bowl.Garnish with dry fruits.Your delicious kheer recipe is ready to be served hot/cold

Mutton Biryani


Rice Layered with Mutton & cooked on dum (slow fire)with Indian spices.

Ingredients
Mutton 500 grams
Basmati rice 1 1/2 cups
Salt
Bay leaves 2
Green cardamoms 10
Black peppercorns 25-30
Cinnamon 3-inch stick
Oil 1 tablespoon + to deep fry
Onion sliced 5 large
shahi jeera 1/2 teaspoon
Cloves 10
Ginger paste 1 tablespoon
Garlic paste 1 tablespoon
Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon
Yoghurt 1 cup
Pure ghee 4 tablespoons
Black cardamoms 2
Saffron mix in 1/4 cup milk a few strands (optional)

Method
Heat five to six cups of water in a deep pan. Add drained rice, salt, bay leaves, five green cardamoms, seven to eight black peppercorns, one cinnamon stick and cook till three-fourth done. Drain and set aside. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry half the onion slices till golden. Drain and place on an absorbent paper. Prepare spice powder(Grind Sahi-jeera seeds, one cinnamon stick, remaining black peppercorns, cloves and remaining green cardamoms )to a fine powder and set aside. Take mutton pieces in a bowl. Add ginger paste, garlic paste and salt and mix. Add the spice powder, red chilli powder, half the fried onions crushed, yogurt and one tablespoon oil and mix. Let it marinate for about two hours in the refrigerator. Heat two tablespoons ghee in a pan, remaining cinnamon and black cardamoms and sauté till fragrant. Add remaining onions and sauté till light golden. Add marinated mutton, stir and cook on high heat for three to four minutes. Cover, reduce heat and cook till almost done. Heat the remaining ghee in a thick-bottomed pan. Spread half the rice in a layer. Spread the mutton over the rice.Spread the remaining rice. Sprinkle saffron milk. Cover and cook under dum till done. Serve hot !!!!

 

 

Spicy veg Pulao


Rice cooked wth Lots of vegetables & Indian spices

Ingredients:

Basmati rice/Long grain rice– 1 and 1/2 cups
Vegetables – 3 cups (carrot, beans, potato, cauliflower)
Green peas (fresh or frozen) – 1/4 cup
One big onion – thinly sliced
Curry leaves 10-12
Tomato -2
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Bay leaves – 2
Cinnamon stick – 2″
Big Cardamom -1
Cardamom – 3
Cloves – 2
Black cumin seeds 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Red Chilli powder 1 tsp
Cumin powder 1/2 tbsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Water
Method of Preparation:
Wash and soak basmati rice for 20-30 minutes.Heat oil in a pressure cooker adding whole garam masala once u get nice aroma add onion & curry leaves.saute till onion become translucent.add ginger garlic paste cook till raw aroma goes off.add chopped tomato cook till it becomes soft .add vegetables & dry masala cook till start leaving oil. add rice and saute for 2-3 min and water. Allow it to boil. cook for a 1-2 whistle.when a pressure got cool down serve hot with Onion raita & pickles.
Tips:- adjust spices as per own taste buds.Curry leaves & whole garam masala gives a nice aroma to rice.if you wish u can skip curry leaves & instead of whole garam masala one can use powder.

Chicken Dum Biryani


Biryani is a famous Dish from  Hyderabad, India. It is made using Basmati rice only.Lot of Indian spices and condiments used in it, meat and rice are cooked separately before being layered and cooked together.It is prepared on Dum means cooked on lowest flame after sealing the vessel with dough.The pot is usually sealed with  dough to allow cooking in its own steam and not opened till ready to serve.

Ingredients

Chicken 900 grams( breast pieces & legs)

Basmati rice 2 cups

Oil/ghee for cooking – 3 tablespoons and to deep fry ( onion)

Cinnamon 1-inch stick

Bay leaves 2

Cloves 5-6

Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

Green cardamoms 3-4

Onions sliced 2 medium

Green chillies, slit 3

Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

Tomatoes chopped 2 medium

Salt to taste

Ginger paste 1 tablespoon

Garlic paste 1 tablespoon

Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

Thick yogurt 1 cup

Onions sliced and fried brown 3 medium

Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon

Fresh mint leaves chopped handful 

Fresh coriander leaves chopped handful

Milk 1/2 cup( few saffron strands dissolve)

Rose water a few drops

Kewra water a few drops

Dough -for covering lid

Method
Cut and wash chicken properly. Boil water in a pot (adding salt.1-2 tsp oil & few whole garam masala cardamom.cloves ,black cardamom & black pepper & star anise) once rice cooked 3/4 th ,drain water and set aside. take a pan add oil,& heat properly add cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves, cumin seeds, green cardamoms and sauté for half a minute. Add sliced onions and sauté. Add slit green chillies ,chicken and continue to sauté. Add turmeric powder and mix Add tomatoes and salt and mix. Add ginger-garlic paste, red chilli powder and yogurt.let cooked chicken properly . now take a pot for dum keep a Griddle (tawa) beneath.now first add cooked chicken, Add the boiled rice on top. Mix well. Add half the fried brown onions.Sprinkle garam masala powder, mint leaves, and coriander leaves. Sprinkle milk, rose water& kewra water (few drops) and remaining browned onions.do same for second layer .Cover pot with lid and seal with atta dough and cook on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.turn off heat leave for 10 min sealed only.Before serving, mix the Biryani from the bottom. Serve hot with Raita & Mirch ka salan.

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