Mutton curry (Maharashtrian Style)

If there’s one dish I miss the most as a vegetarian – it would definitely be my mother’s delicious mutton curry. Before I became a vegetarian, I would spend my Sundays devouring each and every mutton piece while sucking the juices out of the bone marrow! Mmm…it truly was a beautiful family affair.

It has taken me years to perfect my mother’s recipe – and now that my kids finally approve, I’ve decided to share the recipe with you guys!

So let’s get started,  here is what you will need:
1. 1 kg mutton medium pieces. Wash and marinate with 1/2 of the green paste and 1/2 tsp of turmeric and keep aside.

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Fresh mutton – no marination.

For the green paste:
1. 15-20 garlic cloves
2. 1 1/2” ginger
3. 15 mint leaves
4. Handful of coriander leaves. Grind all into a fine paste.

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Use 1/2 paste for marination and half for cooking.
1. 3-4 tbs oil
2. 2 Med .onions chopped
3. 2 Med.tomatoes chopped
4. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
5. 3 tsp malvani masala
6. 1 tsp Kashmiri powder
7. Salt to taste
8. 1 glass lukewarm water

If you don’t have malvani masala, you can still substitute it with normal chilli powder or Degi Mirch powder.

Talnicha masala
1. 1 dry coconut(grated)
2. 3 Med.onions (sliced)

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Dry spices:
1. 1 tbs of coriander seeds
2. 1/2tsp poppy seeds
3. 1”cinnamon piece
4. 10-12 black pepper
5. 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
6. 4 cloves

Heat the fry pan, add 1tsp of oil. Then, add the sliced onions and sauté until it becomes caramelised. Add grated dry coconut and stir until golden brown. Add the dry spices and stir together for 2-3 mins. Grind everything together with a little water into  a medium coarse texture. Keep the masala aside.

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Method for the curry:

In a pressure cooker, add 3-4 tbs of oil. Then, add the chopped onions and sauté until translucent. Add the left over green paste and sauté for 2-3 mins. Next, add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 4-6 mins.

Add 3 tsp of Malvani masala and 1tsp of Kashmiri powder and sauté well. Add talnicha masala and salt to taste and sauté for 2-3 mins. Finally, add the marinated mutton pcs and stir well.

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Once the mutton is mixed nicely with the masala, then add 1 glass of lukewarm water and cook for 4-5 whistles. Once the cooker cools down and releases the pressure, then open the lid and cook for another 5-7 mins. on simmer.

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Your delicious mutton curry is ready to serve.

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