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Mutton Rogan Josh

I have always prepared mutton the same way, the only way I know Tanmaya would love it. Using the traditional Oriya procedure. But one day he complained saying you don't try any other recipe with mutton only keep talking about it. So this time I decided to try my hands on mutton rogan josh, a kashmiri recipe. I did so internet research and figured out that there are so many different ways to make this rich and delicious recipe. So I mixed and matched steps from various recipes and the result was good. So here is my take on mutton rogan josh.
Ingredients: 

  1. Mutton:2 lbs
  2. onion :2 large finely chopped
  3. ginger-garlic paste:4 tbsp
  4. Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  5. Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
  6. Kashmiri Degi Mirch - 2 tbsp
  7. Turmeric :1 tbsp
  8. Asafoetida: 1tsp
  9. Green cardamom: 2 pods
  10. Cnnamon : 1-inch stick
  11. Cloves: 4
  12. bay leaf: 1
  13. peppercorns: 10
  14. whole red chills: 2 
  15. yogurt :1/2 cup
  16. Oil: 4 tbsp
  17. salt as per taste

Preparation: 
Wash and clean the mutton pieces. 
Drain all excess water. 
Add 1 tbsp of oil and mix well. Keep aside for 10 mins.
Add the yogurt, 1/2 of the ginger garlic paste, salt( some salt and some would go in the gravy) and half of the turmeric. 
Mix throughly and keep aside for 3-4 hours.
Heat 1-2 oil in a handi. 
Add the chopped onion to the handi along with a pinch of salt. 
Fry till to translucent .
Remove from heat and make a smooth paste
Heat the remaining oil in a handi. 
Add the asafoetida along with dry whole spices. 
Fry till they give off a nice fragrance.
Add the onion paste and fry for 2-3 mins. 
Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell is gone and oil starts separating from the masala.
Add all the coriander and cumin powder to the marinated mutton and mix well. 
Transfer the mutton to the handi along with any remaining liquid and add some more salt as per taste.
Let the meat cook for 10-15 mins in the masala without covering it up, do remember to stir it occasionally to avoid burning of the spices. 
Add enough water to cover all the meat and cover with lid and allow to cook till the mutton is very soft and ready to fall off the bones, it would take about 45 mins to an hour.
If in a hurry you can prepare the meat in a pressure cooker and cook it quickly, but it won't give the exact same flavor.
Serve with hot Basmati rice or any other version of rice  and enjoy. 

I served it with saffron rice and cucumber salad.
till then happy blogging
Rakhee

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