Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 60 minutes Serves: 4-5 Recipe Ingredients:
1 kg mutton
7 (medium size) Onions
2 tbsp. Coriander
1tbsp ginger paste
Kashmiri chillies to taste
2 tsp. black pepper
4 brown cardamom
¼ tsp. mace
125 g curd
1tsp garlic paste
25 green cardamoms
1 tsp. cinnamon
250 g ghee
150 g cream
Salt to taste
2 tsps. Kewra Jal (Screwpine Water)
2 drops Mitha ittr (Sweet edible Perfume)
Wash and clean the mutton pieces.
Finely slice 2 onions. Grind 5 onions, garlic and ginger to paste.
Also grind 10 cloves, brown cardamoms and black pepper and keep aside. Separately grind 10 green cardamoms, nutmeg and mace.
Blanch, peel and grind almonds. Mix the almonds paste with half cup water and strain through a fine muslin cloth to obtain a creamy mixture. Mix the strained almond paste with the cream.
Place a deep vessel or on the fir. Pour the ghee, when hot, add the sliced onions and fry to a golden brown colour .
Add the mutton, onions, garlic and ginger paste,15 whole cloves 15 green cardamoms, cinnamon, coriander, whisked curd, chilli powder, salt and sauté on slow fire, till the ghee separates.
Add 3 cups of water and cover and cook on low fire till the meat is more than half done. Remove from the fire and pick out the mutton pieces from the gravy with a slotted spoon. Strain the gravy through a muslin cloth and keep aside .
Put the pan back on fire and add the mutton pieces and the strained gravy and cook on a medium flame. When hot, reduce the flame and add the almond and cream mixture stirring constantly.Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the saffron crushed in kewra water and mittha ittr. Serve hot.
Life always gives big opportunities in the form of small hints. The big move in Pankaj Bhadouria’s life came with a small step when she decided to leave her successful teaching career spanning over 16 years and enter India's 1st televised cookery reality show - MasterChef India on the leading GEC - Star Plus.
And as they say, fortune favours the brave, Pankaj went on to become a worthy winner and with it India's first ever MasterChef.
The comfort of the classroom gave way to the adulations, accolades and a host of achievements. Pankaj hosted her first cookery show - "Chef Pankaj ka Zayka" on Star Plus during Sep-Oct 2011 where she showcased her passion for cooking. The success of this daily show added another flavor to her sweet success.