Bakari Riha | Lonumedhu

Bakari Riha

 

Making mutton curry sounds like a big process, probably because it’s usually made for special occasions. We are here to tell you that it’s pretty easy, but the draw here is that you’ll need some time. 

The first bit of time goes into marinating; limejuice, ginger and garlic all help the meat become tender. The second bit of time goes into cooking the curry, slowly and gently.

And one final thing before we begin: we used the Antelope brand of curry powder; you know the yellow tin with the antelope that you find in most shops. However, do feel free to swap that out for any other meat curry powder you like.

 

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 900 grams curry cut mutton (bone in)
  • 1 tsp. grated garlic
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • ½ lime
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 4 tbsp. Antelope Meat Curry Powder
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tbsp. ghee (or oil)
  • 15 curry leaves
  • 6 inch piece of raanbaa
  • 6 inch piece of cinnamon
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ¼ cup coconut milk

 

Instructions:

  1. Wash the mutton pieces thoroughly.
  2. Places the mutton in a bowl, squeeze in the lime, add the salt, ginger and garlic along with 1 tbsp. of curry powder and mix everything together well.
  3. Cover and keep in the fridge to marinate for around 2 hours.
  4. Slice the onion thinly.
  5. Heat the ghee in a pot, and once it’s melted, add the onions, curry leaves, raanbaa, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
  6. Stir and cook the mixture until the onions soften and lose their whiteness.
  7. Add 3 tbsp. of curry powder and mix well. Let it cook for around a minute or until you can smell the spicy aroma rising from the pot.
  8. Add the mutton, keep the heat on medium and cook until the outsides of the meat pieces lose their raw reddish colour. It will take something like 4 to 5 minutes and you’ll have to keep turning the pieces around for even cooking.
  9. Add the water, stir to combine, put the lid on and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it begins to boil, turn the heat to very low and let it cook until the meat becomes really tender. For us it took around 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  10. When the meat is cooked, stir in the coconut milk and let it cook for another 30 seconds or so and that’s it.
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