Tuesday, April 5, 2016

How to cook mutton kurma

So, you start by going to the shop and actually buying some mutton. By the time you get home, you might be tired, and might not actually feel like cooking. So, as soon as you get home, you first put the mutton in the freezer. This is very important it you care about little things like your health.

While you're at the shop you should try to remember what all you don't have at home, so you can buy them right then, and not have to come back to the shop later. Let's see what you need - onions, tomatoes, cinnamon sticks, cloves, oil, ginger-garlic paste, green chillies, mint leaves, coriander leaves, meat masala, potatoes, carrots, peas, beans, turmeric powder, salt.

Never forget salt. Food tastes terrible without salt. Even if you have salt at home, buy some more. You never know when you'll need it. But then again, you have to put the right amount of salt. What you really need is to learn the tricks for getting your salt right. And you've come to the right place to learn!

Cooking needs patience. It needs time, and a relaxed mind.

So, when you are well rested, you take the mutton out of the freezer and defrost it. You'll have to put the microware on low power, and put the mutton inside for about 20 minutes.

While it is defrosting,  take out two onions, and dice them into small pieces. Put 2 table spoons of oil in a bowl, and heat the oil. When the oil is hot, you can see a bit of smoke coming from it. Put 4 cloves and a cinnamon stick in the oil. Leave for about a minute and add the onions. Fry and mix the onions till they are brown. Then add one spoon of ginger-garlic paste. Fry it till it smells good.

While the onions are frying, cut two chillies and add them. Also, cut a tomato into small pieces. Put in the tomato and fry some more.

Add while the tomatoes fry, cut two potatoes into medium sized pieces.

Put a spoon of salt into the bowl, and a quarter tea spoon of turmeric powder. Add a spoon of meat masala too. Mix and fry a little bit. Add the mutton, and fry that for two minutes.

Then add a glass of water, and let it heat.

By now, you've probably run out of the patience that you need so much.

Quickly cut up two carrots, and a bunch of beans into small pieces and add them in the bowl. Toss in a few peas too. If you have anything else from the ingredients list, toss them in as well. Add water till everything is covered.

Then cover the bowl and let it boil for 20 minutes.

Put on an alarm for 20 minutes later, and then go check facebook. Or watch TV. Or something.

When the alarm rings, run to the kitchen. Check if there is still water in the bowl. Heave a sigh of relief.

Now, if there is too little water, add some more, and heat it a bit longer. This time, stay right next to the stove.

Take a spoon, and taste the gravy. It should be a little bit salty to taste. If it isn't, add quarter spoon of salt, mix well, and taste again.

If too salty, add half a cup of water, and half a potato and let it boil a bit longer.

Repeat till you get the salt right.

Curse yourself for watching TV when you could have so easily cooked rice in that time.

Make some rice or chapatis.  Or just toast that bread which already is on the kitchen table.


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