On one of those bouts of excess energy, I tried my hand at cooking mutton on a weekend and that too Laal Maas – a Rajasthani specialty. Pride was at stake since I belong to Rajasthan *gulp* Bhagwan! Ye sochne se pehle mujhe sula kyo nahi diya!
But turns out that dayummm I can cook and how!
So here it goes, the recipe / process / directions to cooking Laal Maas , the easy lazy simple but awesome way B-)
- Mutton medium size chunks – Quantity, I had imagined 750gms will be enough for 4 people but forgot that I have monsters for friends. So just 3 finished it whole
- Onion paste – made of 4 big ones. My hands are not that big so you pliss to decide the bigness of these onions
- Ginger Garlic paste – 3 tablespoons *oooh I said tablespoon I am a chef and all* . I am lazy so bought (read ordered online from big basket ) the packeted one
- Fresh Garlic buds – 8 to 10 – this stinky piece of ingredient makes any dish #AwesomeSauce
- Teekha Laal Mirch – 2 tablespoons , laziness strikes again. You can soak 5-6 dry red chillies for some time and then grind it to get the same stuff too or chuck it man, they have ’em coming in packets
- Cloves , Bay Leaves, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Black Cardamom, Star Anise, Mace blades (took me 5 whole minutes to search this name online! you will know when you see the image) – 3 to 4 pieces of each . Love these spices to the core!
- Ghee – 3 teaspoons , this would be more or less equal to 1 tablespoon but teaspoon sounds tinier than tablespoon and hence thinking about heart-attacks or diet control becomes easier
- Turmeric powder – 2 teaspoons
- Coriander powder – 3 teaspoons. These are the boring ingredients but like the boring things in life you must do to live a normal life, bear with them.
- Salt – Swadanusar 😀 Have been waiting to say this for so long 😀 Means as per your own taste, like go figure -> Go now -> Be a man! Do the right thing! Ok staaahp
- Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon, Kyunki hum ganwaar hain! And proudly so , ye Virgin shirgin Olive oil humein samajh ni aata.
- Hing / asafoetida (got an asthma attack pronouncing it) – 2 pinches (remember small hands)
Recipe, Time to hit the road, take the plunge, make a commitment 😐 Allah khair kare, Yalla Yalla Yalla Kooch!
- Clean the mutton chunks with slightly warm water, helps get rid of the blood *Psycho music playing in the background* Or you going psycho for Adam Levine in Animals ❤
- C’mmon baby light that fire and place that base on it , I meant put the pressure cooker on flames. You derrrty derrrty being .. but all this has to happen with loads and loads of patience & passion on low flame… It’s a slow yet highly satisfactory process.
- Add in the mustard oil and then maa ka pyaar yaad karke ghee after 10-15 seconds, hing and then put all the raw spices – Cloves , Bay Leaves, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Black Cardamom, Star Anise, Mace blades. Let it heat for 2 minutes
- Add in the onion paste and cook it till it turns transparent, add in those kinky garlic buds (it is one of the best food to boost your sex life , aphrodisiac 😉 Don’t go overboard with it now!)then cook some more till it becomes slightly blonde, then cook some more till it shows you its golden glory
- Mix the ginger-garlic paste (Garlic again *wink* *wink*) with turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt separately with just a little amount of water to keep the mix in a paste form
- Add this paste to the golden onion paste in the pressure cooker and cook! Cook like your life depends on it! Add in 1 tablespoon of water when you feel that it is about to get cooked. Cooked here means that it doesn’t stick to the pan and the oil gets separated from the cooked paste. But torture it atleast 3-4 times, every time it tells you that I am done, splash 1 tablespoon of water in its face and cook again! *Think psycho*
- Ok now take a deep breath, calm the hell down and add in the mutton pieces to this beautiful smelling mix (it can get orgasmic at times so make sure there are no people around you while you sniff the aroma). Mix it well so that the mutton pieces get covered with the masala mix. Yup time to take a deep breath again because it looks mmmmmmmmmmmm… Dammit! Stahpp you mind!
- Place the lid just on top of the pressure cooker and don’t lock it or cover it completely. Give it some space *That’s what she said*
- Mutton will start releasing some water of its own 😛 khi khi khi
- Mix it after every 8 or so minutes so that it doesn’t stick to the base. Ok now I don’t even need to say it, your mind is already there. Can we cook now pliss?
- After 15mins of this process add in water according to the amount of curry you would want and lock the pressure cooker lid on medium flame. Continue sipping on that wine… Ohh did I forget about that part? Best cooking happens while drinking a bit … on the side.. can add 1 dhakkan of old monk in it too, gets the mutton to soften a bit… just like any other girl
- Wait for around 4-5 whistles (First few whistles don’t matter much, I know you are trying be the bond but 4-5, seriously ?! you are going to get it buddy! I will turn around beat the shit out of you! ) phew.. coming back to it, let it rest in the steam for around 20mins or so.
- Open the lid after 20 mins and take a big sniff of the fooking awesome aroma. Try to break/ eat and see if the mutton is cooked or not. If not then you can make do with one more whistle.
- Voila! You are set to be satisfied!
Enjoy! Share yours, mine, our happiness with everyone and have some wine on the side 🙂
But every one takes back their words every now and then, breaks promises with others. I am just doing it with myself! Will be cooking Kolhapuri chicken/ mutton this weekend, may be…
Signing out with my glass of rosé wine