Sunday, 13 October 2013

Navami Special Mutton Curry

This year Durga Puja is just aweful. Today is Maha Navami and it is raining continuously for the last 2 days due to cyclone Phailin, which hit Coastal Odissa last night. Bengal has got heavy rains due to it and met office says, since the cyclone weakens and turns into deep depression, hence the rain and it will continue for next 48 hours. Blah !! Whatever it is, this is the worst Durga puja I have ever had since my childhood. Can't go out, no question of Pandal Hopping, no street food etc I decided to focus on the food rituals during Durga puja. For those who are not aware, it is customary to have mutton on Navami. I have mutton in my freezer, but I was not ready to cook something very elaborate. Tried this recipe, which I have got from one of my friend, and it comes out really delicious.


  • Mutton - 500 gms
  • Onion - 2, chopped
  • Ginger Paste - 1 tbsp
  • Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
  • Dried Red Chilli - 4,green chilli - 3
  • Jeera = 1 tsp
  • Star Anise - 1
  • Cloves - 4
  • Cardamom - 4
  • Cinnamon - 1 stick
  • Bay leaves - 3
  • Potatoes - 3, peeled & halved
  • Mustard Oil
  • Salt, Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • Turmeric
  • Sugar
In a pressure cooker, add washed mutton pieces, chopped onions, ginger garlic paste, all the whole spices, salt and mustard oil.

Add 1/2 cup of water and mix well with all ingredients. Close the lid.

After the first whistle lower the flame and let the mutton cook for 10 mins. Keep covered.
Open the lid and let the water dry. Add potatoes and  1 cup of water and close the lid again. After the first whistle lower the flame and cook for another 8 mins or till the mutton is done.

Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with plain rice.

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