Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ladies finger and mutton curry

There are a zillion different reasons that you will hear from Pras when asked why he chose to move to NZ and ONE out of all of those is "to eat as much lamb and beef as I can as this country is known for it". Well, how can I deny him his meat then?

So I had some ladies finger leftover from the diwali sai bhaji cooking and decided to use that up along with the lamb pieces that I had bought from the supermarket. Perfect mix of veggies along with meat proteins.

Note : As I type out the draft for this one, the heavenly aromas of the curry fill the air and we just can't wait to dig in. We are waiting for the pressure to release.

We ate this yummy dish with bread but it would go well with poori, rotis, parathas and rice as well.

Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 45 minutes

Ingredients (serves 2):

  1. Large Onions - 2
  2. Mutton/Lamb - 500g
  3. Ginger - 2inch piece
  4. Garlic - 6 cloves medium sized
  5. Red chilli powder - 3 tsp
  6. Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  7. Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  9. Black pepper powder  - 1/2 tsp
  10. Coriander leaves  - 2 sprigs with stem
  11. Mint leaves - from 1 sprig
  12. Medium sized Tomatoes - 3-4
  13. Ladies finger - 10-12
  14. Thick coconut milk - 1/4 cup
  15. Salt to taste
  16. Water - 1 cup
  17. Oil - 1/4 cup
How I made it :

  1. Finely chop the onions.
  2. Grind the ginger, garlic, dry powders, coriander and mint leaves together with as little water as possible.
  3. Wash and chop the ladies finger into 1 inch pieces. Fry them in a pan with a tsp of oil.
  4. In a pressure cooker, heat the oil
  5. Add the onions and fry till light golden brown.
  6. Add the mutton and fry till it turns colour and becomes lighter.
  7. Add the paste from step 2 and fry for about 5 minutes. 
  8. Add tomatoes and fry till they are soft and easily blend in.
  9. Add about a cup of water, adjust the salt and give 4-5 whistles on high.
  10. Once pressure releases, add the fried ladies finger and coconut milk.
  11. Boil for 2-3 minutes and serve hot.