My father-in-laws secret recipe revealed!
This is a recipe that my father-in-law Yusuf Husain has perfected. It is his secret recipe – one which he rarely shares with others! Even if he does share it you can be sure that he will leave out some important detail. I have ‘cracked’ the recipe after many unsuccessful attempts and after much cajoling. It was cooked last night and everybody loved it. Yusuf saab approved of the preparation and finally welcomed me to the family secret!
1 kg Mutton / Lamb, big pieces
10-12 Medium Onions, thick slices
12 Garlic cloves, roughly chopped
3 tbsp Ginger, chopped
2 Bay Leaves (tej patta)
5 Black Cardamoms (badi elaichi)
2 Cinnamon Sticks (dalchini)
15 Whole Black Pepper Corns (kali mirch)
12 Whole Dried Red Chillies
Salt, to taste
75 gms Yoghurt, beaten
4-5 tbsp Ghee or Oil
- Heat ghee/oil in a saucepan. Take approximately half the quantity of onions and sauté until golden brown.
- Add mutton, bay leaves, black cardamoms, cinnamon sticks, pepper corns, red chillies and 1.5 tsp salt.
Sauté on high flame until the meat changes color.
- Add garlic and ginger. Sauté for another 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining onions. Mix well and sauté for about 1 minute.
- Seal the vessel. Cook for approximately 45-50 minutes on low flame. In case you are using a pressure cooker, wait for 3 whistles and then let the meat rest while pressure is totally released from the cooker.
- Open the lid and you will see that onions are totally liquefied and the meat has been simmering in the liquefied onions.
- On medium heat sauté the meat until most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Reduce heat and add yoghurt. Mix well. Cover the vessel once again (not under pressure) and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the meat is totally done.
- Let the meat rest for at least 15-20 minute before serving.
This is perhaps one of the most delicate, delicious and wholesome meat recipes I have come across. The cooking of meat in the onion gravy is the key to a successful result.
You can also follow the same recipe for Kate Masale Ka Chicken. With chicken you have to be careful that you do not overcook and that onions, ginger and garlic are chopped into smaller pieces to allow the onion gravy to form faster.
The red chillies and browning of the onions lend this dish its distinct reddish color. Excessive browning will make the dish very dark and some people prefer it that way. You can add approximately 1 tbsp roasted and roughly pounded coriander seeds after adding the yoghurt. This adds a little extra bite but many people do not enjoy the distinct coriander flavor. Try it or give it a miss, but this is one recipe that you must try!
Enjoy this with rotis, naan or steamed rice. I prefer devouring this recipe without any of these!
10 ‘Bhavnagri’ Green Chillies / Large Green Chillies, sliced or slit lengthwise
1/2 cup Peanuts
1 tsp Sesame seeds (Til)
1 tsp Cumin seeds (jeera)
2 tsp Coriander seeds (Dhania)
1/2 cup Grated coconut
2 Medium Onions, roughly sliced
3 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
2 tsp Tamarind paste
1 cup Yoghurt
5 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
- Roast the sesame seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and peanuts. Keep aside to cool.
- Take 1 tbs oil in a pan. Fry the sliced onions until they turn transparent. (Do not let them turn brown). Keep aside to cool.
- Blend the fried onions, grated coconut, roasted peanuts, sesame seeds, cumin seeds and coriander seeds to a paste. Add some water (approx 1/4 cup) to make the blending easier.
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Fry the chillies for approx 4-5 minutes on a medium flame. Keep the chillies aside.
- In the same pan heat the remaining oil. Fry the blended masala paste with ginger-garlic paste and tamarind paste for approximately 4-5 minutes.
- Add the yoghurt to this and mix. Make sure the yoghurt is completely incorporated into the paste.
- Add the fried chillies to this. Mix and add 1 cup of water.
- Boil for 5-6 minutes. Turn off the heat and keep the pan covered for 5 minutes.
- Serve with paratha or rice.
I love the Bhavnagari chillies for their correct amount of ‘hotness’. You can use any other variety of green chillies. You can also de-seed them to make the chillies milder. The real fun though is in the salan. It is tangy, hot and delicious. Replace the chillies with eggplant and you have Baingan ka salan!
I am not sure about the authenticity of this recipe but I know that it is truly delicious. Try it!
1 Medium Cabbage, chopped
3 tsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
2 tsp Urad Dal
8-10 Curry Leaves
2 tsp Turmeric powder (Haldi)
Salt, to taste
1/2 Grated coconut
- Heat the oil. Add the urad dal to this.
- When urad dal turns brownish add mustard seeds.
- When the mustard seeds begin to sputter add curry leaves and turmeric powder. Fry for 2-3 mins.
- Add the cabbage. Mix well.
- Add salt and approx 1/2 cup water. Cook without covering until cabbage is fully cooked.
- Add grated coconut. Fry for 1 minute. Serve hot.
So simple. That is what I love about this dish. Quick, attractive, delicious, light and great with hot phoolkas. You can sprinkle lemon juice on this before serving.
Since my mother is unable to tolerate spicy food my recipe does not include red chilli powder and coriander powder. You can add these along with turmeric powder. I still prefer the masale-free version.
1 cup Broken Wheat (Daliya)
3 tsp Oil
2 Medium Onions, chopped
2 Medium Carrots, chopped
2 Medium Potatoes, chopped
2 Green Chillies, chopped
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
10-12 Curry leaves
2 tsp Chana Dal
2 tsp Urad Dal
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder (Haldi powder)
1/2 cup Yoghurt, beaten
3 cups Water
Salt, to taste
- Soak and wash the broken wheat thoroughly. Boil around 5 cups of water. Blanche the broken wheat in the boiling water for approximately 5 mins. Drain and keep aside.
- Heat the oil in a pressure cooker. Fry the chana dal and urad dal until light brown.
- Add mustard seeds and curry leaves.
- When they begin to sputter add chopped onions. Cook until the onions turn translucent.
- Add the chopped green hillies, potatoes and carrots. Fry for around 1-2 mins.
- Add turmeric powder. Fry for another 2-3 mins.
- Add salt. Stir.
- Add 3 cups of water. Mix.
- Reduce heat. Add the yoghurt and mix well. Add more water if required.
- Cover the pressure cooker with a lid. Cook under pressure for 2 whistles.
- Allow the steam to escape. Open lid. Adjust the salt. Cook for approx 2 minutes or until excess water dries up.
- Garnish with fresh, chopped coriander, nuts. Squeeze half a lemon. Serve hot!
My variation of a great, hearty breakfast. Healthy, tasty and wholesome. You can add green peas if desired. Adding a spoonful of fresh ghee is also yummy!
1 kg Mutton, cut into large pieces
1 tbsp Garlic, ground
2-3 large Onions ground into paste
5 tsp Turmeric powder (Haldi)
8 Green cardamoms (Chhoti Elaichi)
8 Cloves (Laung)
5 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder, mixed with 1 cup water
¾ cup Ghee
2.5 litres Water
a few strands of saffron, mixed in warm water
½ tsp Black Pepper powder (Kali Mirchi Powder)
- Fry the onion paste in 3 tbsp Ghee/Oil until golden brown. Keep aside
- Boil the mutton in water. Keep removing all the scum with a ladle.
- Once the water is clean, add salt and ground garlic. Boil until mutton is half cooked.
- Remove the mutton pieces from the water and wash in running cold water. Keep aside.
- Strain the water through a fine sieve and pour into a fresh pan.
- Bring this water to a boil and add meat to it.
- Heat the ghee in another pan. Add cloves (laung) to the hot ghee.
- When the cloves begin to crackle, sprinkle around 1 tbsp water and immediately cover the pan. (This has to be done very carefully and quickly) . Keep the pan covered.
- Now add green cardamoms, clove flavored ghee, turmeric powder and fried onion paste (prepared in step 1) to the mutton.
- Mix and bring to a boil. Boil for approx 10-12 mins on high flame.
- Now add the kashmiri red chilli mixed in water to this. Mix well. Bring to a boil.
- Cover and cook on simmer until the mutton is totally cooked.
- Add the saffron and black pepper powder. Mix well. Cover and simmer for 10 mins.
- Keep the pan covered and let the mutton rest for approximately 20-30 minutes before serving.
The totally authentic Kashmiri preparation includes the very Kashmiri ingredient mawal (dried cockscomb flower) heated with around 1 cup water. I was unable to find this in the market and hence omitted this. The recipe was a huge success last night. We had our friends Mukul and Shalini over from Delhi. Lots of the excellent Sula Dindori Shiraz and then sumptuous Rogan Josh with simple steamed rice. Wonderful meal that was completed by some amazing gazak that my father-in-law had ‘procured’ from Lucknow. Mazaa aa gaya – kasam se!
1 Large Eggplant, diced
2 large Green peppers, de-seeded & diced
2 large Zucchini, diced
2 Onions, thinly sliced
6 cloves Garlic, grated
5 Tomatoes, diced
1 tsp each, dried herbs (Oregano, Parsley, Basil)
3 tbs Olive oil
Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Heat olive oil in a deep, heavy bottom sauce-pan.
- Fry onions and garlic for 7-8 minutes until they turn soft and transparent.
- Add the eggplant and fry until it gets coated. (Approx 5 mins)
- Add the green peppers. Cover and simmer for around 10 minutes. Let the eggplant ‘sweat’ and stir to ensure that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.
- Add the tomatoes, zucchini and salt. Cover and simmer for 30-40 mins.
- Add herbs. Simmer for another 10-15 mins.
- Sprinkle parmesan cheese. Serve hot.
This is my variation of this French classic. Simple, delicious and wholesome. Best with garlic bread, pasta or wild rice. The dish is also very healthy and great for a diet. Serve with your favorite wine. Bon appétit!
For the Bhuna Gosht
1 kg Mutton/Lamb (with bone)
4 Medium Onion, peeled, finely chopped
4 tsp Garlic paste
3 tsp Red Chilli powder
3 tsp Coriander powder
2 tsp Cumin powder
½ tsp Turrmeric powder (haldi)
5 Medium Tomatoes, pureed or finely chopped
4 tsp Ginger paste
1-½ cups Water
¼ cup Oil / Ghee
For the Chana Dal Gosht
1 cup Chana Dal (split chick peas)
2 tsp Red Chilli powder
2 tsp Garam Masala powder
4-5 tbs Fresh Cream
1 Onion, sliced, fried until brown and kept aside
2 Green chillies, lightly fried
A handful of mint leaves
- Put mutton, onions, garlic, salt, chili powder, ground coriander, turmeric and water in a heavy based saucepan or pressure cooker. Cook for 20 minutes on high flame, stirring continuously (bhunaoing) or until all the water including the water from the chopped onions has dried up.
- Add tomatoes and ginger paste. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring all the time.
- Add oil and cook for 10 minutes, again stirring all the time. Add one or two tablespoons of water to prevent gravy from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Shut the flame when oil separates from the gravy.
- Add the chana dal and red chilli powder to the bhuna gosht prepared above.
- Add water to this. Make sure that the water covers around 1 inch above the level of the dal and meat.
- Simmer under pressure for 3 whistles. Alternatively cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes until the dal and meat are fully cooked.
- Open the lid. Sprinkle garam masala powder, adjust the salt and mix thoroughly. Cook on medium flame for around 10 minutes, stirring continuously. Turn off the flame.
- Add fresh cream and mix into the Dal Gosht. Cover and let it rest for around 10 minutes.
- Serve with lemon juice, fresh mint and brown onions.
This is a wonderful recipe that I have got from the great singer/composer and my brother from Pakistan, Shafqat Ali. The dish is attractive, delicious and a massive hit with everybody. The trick is to ensure that Bhuna Gosht is made correctly with a lot of stirring to ensure that gravy does not get stuck to the bottom of the pan.
You can make a lot of variations to this dish. Change the dal – try red lentils, kidney beans or soaked Bengal gram or a mixture of all the dals. Instead of dal you can also add vegetables like okra, cauliflower, potatoes, yam or turnips to the Bhuna Gosht to get delightful dishes! Cooking times of course will vary. You can also replace the tomatoes with yoghurt. Keep trying and serving. That is what passion is all about. Happy cooking!
1 kg Mutton, medium sized pieces
3 large Potatoes, cut into large pieces
1 ½ tsp Turmeric powder
2 tbs Ginger-Garlic paste
5 large Tomatoes, chopped
3 large Onions, chopped
½ Coconut, grated
10 pcs Cloves (Laung)
8-10 pcs Whole Red chillies
2 tsp Poppy seeds
2 tsp Fennel seeds (saunf)
2 tsp Coriander seeds
2 tsp Peppercorns
½ cup Oil
Salt, to taste
- Thoroughly mix salt, turmeric powder and ginger-garlic paste into the meat. Keep aside for at least 45 mins.
- Heat 3-4 tbs of oil in a pan. Add the poppy seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and red chillies. Fry until the poppy seeds just begin to turn brown.
- Add the chopped onions. Fry until light brown.
- Add the grated coconut and fry for about 1 minute.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and fry (bhunno continuously) until the oil begins to separate from the masala.
- Cool the masala. Blend to a fine paste. Kolhapuri Masala is now ready.
- Heat the remaining oil in a pressure cooker. Add the marinated mutton pieces and potatoes. Fry until they turn brownish.
- Add the Kolhapuri Masala prepared above. Mix well. Add approximately 2-3 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Cover.
- Cook the mutton under pressure on low heat for around 4-5 whistles (depending on the tenderness of the meat).
- Wait for all the pressure to be released, then open the lid.
- Add chopped fresh coriander and mix.
While I enjoy subtle flavors and aromatic cuisines, this Mutton Kolhapuri was a welcome change. There is nothing subtle or gentle about it but it is simply delicious. You can use the Kolhapuri masala for chicken, vegetables or paneer but I think the robust flavors come out best with red meat. Eat this with the traditional Maharashtrian bread bhakri or the sinful, deep fried wada. As usual I prefer it with my staid, slightly crisp phoolka.
Cooked this mutton kolhapuri for my wife last night. I was showered with a lot of rekindled love, affection and a much needed foot massage. Maybe it was the poppy seeds! Or the excellent new wine from the Dindori region of Nashik. This region produces some excellent grapes and the wines from here are excellent. Sula Dindori Reserve and Chateau d’Ori are two brands that use grapes from this region. While the Sula Reserve is truly the pick of Indian wines, this new one is also quite good. Cheers!
A very country style version of the evergreen parsi recipe!
½ Lauki (White Marrow)
2 large Potatoes
4 tbs Moong Dal
4 tbs Tur Dal
4 tbs Masoor Dal
4 tbs Urad Dal
4 tbs Chana Dal
1 pinch Asafoetida (hing)
Water (approx 3 ½ cups)
4 large Tomatoes, pureed
2 large Onions, finely chopped or blended to a paste
2 tsp Ginger Paste
3 tsp Garlic Paste
2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
3 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
Salt, to taste
4 tbs Ghee
2 tbs Lemon juice
- Wash the dals in running water.
- Put the dals,potatoes, pumpkin and white marrow (lauki) in a pressure cooker. Add water, salt and a pinch of asafoetida.
- Cook under pressure for approximately 3 whistles. Let the dal rest.
- In a pan heat some oil. Fry the onions until light brown.
- Add ginger paste and garlic paste. Fry until golden brown.
- Add the red chilli powder and coriander powder. Fry for 2 minutes.
- Add the tomato puree. Cook until the oil separates from the masala.
- Open the lid of the pressure cooker after ensuring that all the pressure has been released.
- Add the masala paste to the dal. Mix well.
- Cook on medium flame mixing continuously and until the dal acquires a thick, smooth consistency.
- Sprinkle the garam masala powder. Add lemon juice. Mix well.
- Cover and simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Let the dal rest for approximately 10-15 minutes before serving.
Let me make this clear to all purists – THIS IS NOT AN AUTHENTIC DHANSHAK RECIPE. This is my own recipe for the wonderful parsi dish and it has been very, very successful with family and friends. I also blend the dal sometimes to get a smoother, creamier texture. This is unnecessary according to me and is a very ‘sissy’ thing to do. You can cook different vegetables like brinjals, okra along with the masala to create your own variation. Also try adding kidney beans, chick-peas, bengal gram which have been soaked overnight to the dals. Cooking times might vary.
For the non-vegetarians – you can also cook chicken or lamb with the masala. Add some salt and water to cook the meat. Continue cooking until the meat is nearly done. Add this to the boiled dals and follow the same procedure from 10-13.
You can garnish the dal with fried onions, chopped coriander, mint, boiled eggs and/or fried eggs! You can also top the dal with some fresh cream or butter to make it richer. The important is to try different things and create your own delicious concoction.
Serve with caramel rice or steamed rice. I prefer soaking my phoolkas in the dal and chomping a green chilli and onions on the side!
1 cup Milk
1 cup Wholewheat flour (Atta)
¼ cup Ghee
¼ tsp Saffron (Kesar)
1 tsp Green Cardamom powder (Chhoti Elaichi powder)
Salt, to taste
- Boil the milk. Reduce to half.
- Sieve the flour with salt. Add ghee, saffron, green cardamom powder and milk. Knead thoroughly to make a soft, elastic dough.
- Divide the dough into 6 portions. Roll each portion out into a disc.
- Heat an iron griddle (tawa). Cook the discs on low heat. Pierce with a knife in the centre. Press with a cloth all round while cooking.
- Remove when both sides of the roti have brown spots.
Great roti that my father-in-law makes very well. You can add a little bit of powdered sugar, cinnamon powder and ajwain to make this roti even more aromatic and flavorful. Great with potatoes sauteed in oil with cumin seeds, sliced onions, whole red chillies, green peas and salt. Maybe a recipe for simple potato subzi will follow soon! Have a brilliant day.