Turning Home Chef For A Day

Sundays are normally fun for most people as they go out, spend time with their friends, go shopping, and what not. Me on the other hand see Sundays as a day to stay at home, rest, watch Netflix or some sports and recharge my batteries for the work week ahead. But last Sunday tho (2nd June, 2019), I did something different and it was super fun. My parents were in town and we were all at home doing nothing (just lazying around). Suddenly, my dad summoned me to get him some ingredients from the kitchen. I soon thought that he is going to prepare for all of us a Sunday special curry. Few minutes later, I came to know that I’m the chef for the day.

I didn’t really get nervous to cook a meal because honestly speaking, I’ve cooked in the past but it was nothing close to what I was about to do. Deep down I felt like I was going to ruin it, but then again, I just went all in and commenced the cooking… err… but before that I had to chop the onions, tomatoes, and what not.

Cooking Mutton in rich gravy

My dad had this super old recipe chef cook book from where he used to cook meals. I was given one particular recipe from there and told to prepare Sunday’s lunch. The name of the recipe was called Mutton in Rich Gravy. The whole thing took more than an hour, but trust me it came out really good (and I am not bragging!). Everyone at home enjoyed it and that pleased me. Btw, we had the curry with rice!

I’m going to share the recipe over here so that you too can make this dish if you want.

Ingredients for mutton in rich gravy
Image taken off the internet from Pixabay (oops!).

Ingredients to make Mutton in Rich Gravy.

Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin Seeds – 2 tsp

Poppy Seeds – 1 tsp

Shelled Almonds – 16

Brown Cardamoms (peeled) – 2

Peppercorns – 1/2 teaspoon

Cloves – 4

Coconut (grated) – 2 tsp

Dry Red Chilies – 5

Ginger – 20gms

Garlic – 8 flakes

Nutmeg (grated) – Large pinch

Vegetable Oil – 1/2 cup

Bay Leaves – 2

Cinnamon – 2 1/2 cm stick

Green Cardamoms (crushed) – 5

Onions (grated) – 1/4 kg

Turmeric Powder – 1 teaspoon

Tomatoes (chopped) – 200gms

Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp

Curd (beaten) – 3/4

Mutton (cut into pieces) – 1 1/4kgs

Salt – 4 tsp

Water – 1 cup

How to Cook Mutton in Rich Gravy.

#1. Take a pan and roast together coriander, cumin, poppy seeds, almonds, brown cardamoms, peppercorns, cloves, coconut, and grind all of these into a paste with chillies, ginger, garlic, and nutmeg. Do not forget to add water from time to time in the paste.

#2. Keep that aside once done and heat oil in a pressure cooker for about 120 seconds. Add bay leaves, cinnamon, and green cardamoms. Stir it for a few seconds before adding water and fry it till the onions are golden brownish. Add ground paste, tomatoes, turmeric and chilli powder and continue stirring.

#3. Once done, add then beaten up curd and stir the contents until the curd blends in well, which should take approximately 30 seconds. Now add the remaining curd in the same manner till all the curd is used up. Keep stirring for a few minutes before adding the meat and salt. Add water in between and stir well.

#4. Close the pressure cooker and bring it to full pressure on high heat. Reduce and cook for 10 minutes.

#5. Remove the pressure cooker from the heat and allow it to cool naturally.

#6. Open the pressure cooker once it cools down and serve it hot with rice.

P.S – I did not use a pressure cooker, and cooked the same in a pan. Yes, a pan! (hence, the more time consumed!) Also, forgive me for clicking not-so-appealing pictures!

Mutton in Rich Gravy
Mutton in Rich Gravy

Anyway, that’s it! You can now create your own Mutton in Rich Gravy. Do share with me your experiences (in the comments below), if and when you plan on cooking this delicious curry. I was pretty happy at the end, being the chef for the day. Chef Ronald? Hmm… Has a good ring to it! (:

Happy cooking!

  1. Thanks for the interesting recipe! I love finding new curries to cook but I eat plant-based so will swap the mutton for seitan or quorn. I’ve never added almonds to curry so I’m intrigued so see what it’s like.Could you explain what you mean by ‘curd’? Just so I can think up an alternative. Also what are garlic ‘flakes’? Thanks!

    1. Ronald says:

      Hey there! You’re welcome, and curd means yogurt, and by garlic flakes I mean garlic cloves. Hope this helps.

  2. Chris says:

    I’m so glad this isn’t a slow cooker recipe! I have a very basic kitchen and utensils I don’t even have a microwave. Will deffo have to give this a go it sounds amazing

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