Post 18: sugar and spice

It has been a long time that I tried a new recipe. Especially an Indian recipe. There are as many  different cuisines in the country as there are languages (Wikipedia says , and I quote, “According to Census of India of 2001, 30 languages are spoken by more than a million native speakers, 122 by more than 10,000”)  and chances are you can find some hidden gems in every local cuisine you try! I recently tried my hand  at a new mutton (goat meat) curry  from a recipe I got from my sister who got it from her husband’s uncle who lives in Ranchi, India and for some reason, not known to me, calls it “atte”

This recipe is slightly unconventional in two ways. One, It uses sugar as a flavor enhancer for the curry (some Gujarati and Bengali savory dishes use sugar too!) and secondly  it uses the ready-made,store bought meat masala (spice-mix). Most recipes from back home call for making the spice mix from scratch but this one takes the easy route!


You’d need:
1 kg mutton or beef(beef takes longer to cook)
500 gm onion, thinly sliced
500 gm tomatoes
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp sugar
1-2 Bay leaves
1-2 Basic ilaichi (black cardamom)
Red chili powder to taste.
3-4 tbsp Meat masala
Salt to taste
2-3 tbsp Ghee
Coriander for garnish

1. In a thick bottomed pan, heat some ghee and add the sliced onions. Saute till the onion starts to brown. Add ginger-garlic paste.

2. Separately steam the tomatoes and remove the skin. Mash up and add to the browned onions. Let it cook.

3. Add the sugar, red chili powder, meat masala and rest of the spices. Cook well till ghee separates and add the mutton. Let it cook well in spice mix in high heat.

4. Cover with a thick lid and cook on low heat till the meat is tender.

5. Garnish with chopped coriander.

If you use a pressure cooker, add a little bit of water and cook till 5 whistles on slow heat. This is best served with roti’s or naan but rice will do just fine too. I am looking forward to try some more recipes with the sugar and spice mix and will keep you posted on how it turns out.

Phir Milenge!


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