Hectic outstation trips, and then returning to the hotel in the evening! Sounds similar I guess (especially to those who opt for the trips often) but believe me those trips are not that bad. Especially when the days ended with the local delicacy. Wherever I have worked, trips are always been part of my responsibility. The company I was associated with previously had given me the opportunity to explore the southern part of the country. I had been to Chennai, Mangaluru, Kerala, and Bangalore several times during my 3.5 years with that assignment. I have tried some authentic southern food and in fact, I cherished it to the core. In this post, I am going to share the recipe of one of my favorite Mangalorean delicacies, Mutton Ghee Roast which I had several times during my trips to South India.
My Mutton Ghee Roast Memories!
I have had it several times and in fact, learned the recipe once I was in Mangalore from the Chef of the hotel I was staying. Cooked with Mangalorean spices, flavored with Ghee, and juicy Pieces of mutton, what else do you need to be happy with? I remember, on that trip, I had Mutton Ghee Roast on three consecutive dinners either with "Parota" or with Appam.
I finally ended up talking to the chef about the recipe. Not that the recipe of Mutton Ghee roast is rarely available but at times experienced cooks give important inputs which are not easy to get. The Chef emphasized the use of freshly ground spices and Ghee while making the Mutton Ghee Roast. He told me that the Masala has to be coarse but not smooth and Ghee can not be substituted with anything.
How they make Mutton Ghee roast in Mangalore!
Traditionally they use Guntur Chili to make the Chettinad Masala Paste. However, I have used a mixture of normal red chili and Kashmiri Red chili as I don't have Guntur Chili in my stock. Though some people prefer to use boneless or lean meat, however, I prefer medium-sized Mutton chunks with fat to make the Ghee Roast. Last but not the least, you need to use Ghee for this, there is no substitute until you wanted to make Mutton Ghee Roast without Ghee (errrrr oxymoron!)
I love this Mangalorean mutton dish a lot. Not only I but the entire family cherish this Mangalorean mutton preparation. However, I restrict myself to cook Mutton Ghee Roast, considering the amount of Ghee used and the calorie from the Mutton itself ;). As I already mentioned, a special Masala Mix is a must for the Mutton or lamb Ghee Roast and obviously, slow cooking is a must (with a few minutes of pressure cooking)Print
To Cook the Mutton:
- 1 kg. Mutton
- 1 Tbsp. Ginger Paste
- 2 Tbsp. Garlic Paste
- 1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
- 1 Tsp. Salt or to taste
- 2 Tbsp. Ghee
To make the Masala Paste:
- 4 Dried Red chili
- 6 Kashmiri Red Chili
- 1 Tbsp. Coriander Seed
- 2 Tsp. Cumin Seed
- 1 Tbsp. Fennel Seeds
- ½ Tsp. Fenugreek Seeds
- 1 Tbsp. Black Pepper corns
- ½ Tsp. Mustard seeds
- 2 Mace
- 6 Cloves
- 1 Inch Cinnamon Stick
- 2 Onion
- 5 Garlic cloves
- 1 Tbsp. Tamarind
To Make the Gravy:
- 15 Curry Leaves
- 1 Tbsp. Ginger-Garlic Paste
- 4 Tbsp. Masala Paste (from the masala prepared using the spices mentioned above)
- Salt to taste
- 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 3 Tbsp. Ghee
To Cook the Mutton:
- Wash mutton Chunks under running water.
- Now heat Ghee in a pressure cooker and add the turmeric powder to it and stir.
- Now add Mutton chunks and Ginger Garlic Paste and cook till the mutton changes color.
- Add salt and 2 cups of boiling water.
- Keeping the weight on, after covering the cooker with lid, cook on medium flame, till 4 whistles come.
- Switch the flame off and wait till the pressure drop to open the cooker.
- After opening the cooker, separate Mutton chunks from the broth.
To prepare the Masala:
- Dry roast Red chili, Coriander Seed, Cumin Seed, Fennel Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds, Peppercorns, Mustard seeds, Mace, Cloves and Cinnamon for 2-3 minutes until the spices emits the aroma.
- Switch the flame off and wait till the spices cool down completely.
- In the meantime, soak the Tamarind in hot water to extract juice from it.
- Now make a coarse powder of the roasted spices in a grinder.
- Add Onion and Garlic and ground those as well with the spices.
- Finally, add the tamarind extract and make a thick spice paste.
To make Ghee Roast
- Heat Ghee in a pan and fry Curry Leaves until those emits the aroma.
- Add the Spice paste/ Masala Paste and cook till the spices mix thoroughly with the ghee.
- Add a little water and cook on low flame until the masala leaves the edge of the pan and oil separated from it.
- Now add ginger garlic paste and a little salt and cook for a few more minutes.
- Add the Broth separated from the cooked mutton and bring the mixture to boil.
- Add, Mutton chunks and mix thoroughly.
- Cook in low flame for 7-8 minutes with the lid on.
- The cooking will continue until having the desired consistency.
- Mutton Ghee roast needs t bee cooked till the water evaporates completely and oil separated from the mutton chunks.
- Once ready, serve Mutton Ghee roast with Paratha, or Appam or Dosa.
- Adjust the number of dried chilis as per your taste bud. I prefer moderately spiced Ghee Roast.
- Ghee is must for this recipe, so don't count the Calorie!
If you wanted to store the Masala paste, make and store it in an airtight container. Add Onion, ginger, and garlic just before cooking.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 45min
- Category: Mutton
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: South Indian
- Serving Size: 225g
- Calories: 533
- Sugar: 3g
- Sodium: 626mg
- Fat: 27.5g
- Saturated Fat: 10.5g
- Carbohydrates: 11.4g
- Fiber: 3.1g
- Protein: 58.2g
- Cholesterol: 199mg
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Mutton Recipes from Debjanir Rannaghar!
- Kolkata Mutton Biryani (Also known as Calcutta Biryani)
- Mangshor Jhol (Also known as Bengali light Mutton curry)
- Gota Moshlar Mangsho (Also known as Kata Moshlar Mangsho or Mutton cooked with whole spices)
- Kosha Mangsho (Also known as Bengali Mutton Kasha)
- Mangsher Ghughni (Also known as Yellow Pea Curry with Minced Mutton)
- Posto Mangsho (Also known as Bengali Mutton Curry cooked with Poppy Seed Paste)
- Mangsha Tarkari ( Also known as Oriya Mutton Curry)
Have you tried the easy Ghee Roast recipe from Debjanir Rannaghar!
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