Festive Smart - Indian Mutton Curry and a Quick & Easy Baked Curd

Indian Mutton Curry and Bakes Curd are my favourite festive smart combination.You see, food could well have been my middle name. It makes me warm up to strangers. Adds spice to the most boring get-togethers. Empowers me with tricks to hide healthy vegetables into kid’s food. Helps me zero in on the places I want to travel to, like the Culinary Trails. And makes meal time look impressive with some Kitchen Smart ideas, especially during festive spreads.

                                        Indian Mutton Curry and Bakes Curd are my favourite festive smart combination.  

Putting together a celebration dinner should not mean tiring yourself out. So simple things like preparing an elaborate main and following it up with a quick 2-step dessert or making an easy salad and following it with a heavier more traditional dessert is a great way out. Case in point: Indian Mutton Curry followed by an easy Baked Curd. It is a perfect marriage of an elaborate dish with a quick-whip dessert.

Indian Mutton curry –
I cooked this for my house-warming party and my friends kept wondering if I had really cooked or ordered in.
Ingredients: 
1kg mutton (goat leg cut into pieces)
1 tbsp cooking oil & 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
2 large onions, finely chopped
3 large tomatoes, pureed
2 tbsp garlic paste
1 tbsp ginger paste
1tsp fenugreek (methi)
2 Bay Leaves
2 tsp coriander (dhaniya) powder
1 tsp black cumin (jeera) powder
1/2 tsp turmeric (haldi) powder
8-10 black peppers, thumb size cinnamon
2 green cardamoms, 3-4 cloves
1/2 tsp red chilli (laal mirch) powder and 2 whole Red Chillies
2 tsp garam masala powder (to be added and cooked just 5 minutes before you serve)
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander to garnish

Indian Mutton Curry and Bakes Curd are my favourite festive smart combination.

Step-by-step: 
Step 1 Marinate Mutton and keep aside for 4-5 hours in the fridge
Marinate ingredients: 1 tbsp garlic, 1 tbsp ginger, 1 cup fresh coriander, 1 tsp turmeric, green chillies to taste, 1tbsp lime juice. Mix well and coat all pieces liberally to make that yummy Indian Mutton Curry.
Step 2 Heat oil and ghee. Add fenugreek seeds and whole red chillies
Step 3 When the seeds and chillies turn brown and crisp, add the ginger, garlic and bay leaves
Step 4 Add onions and when they turn pink add all the powdered masalas except garam masala
Step 5 Then add the mutton and fry on high heat till it turns dark brown and the oil runs out to the sides
Step 6 Add tomato puree. Lower heat, cover the pot and let it cook in its own juices, approx. 20 minutes till mutton is done. Stir it occasionally.
Step 7 Add garam masala and heat through for 5 minutes. Serve Indian Mutton Curry hot with rice, naan or bread. Sprinkle freshly chopped coriander.

Meanwhile for the quick and easy Baked Curd
This is an absolute favourite at my house, my father-in-law gives me extra brownie points every time I bake this. In less than 15 minutes.                                        

quick and easy Baked Curd Ingredients
Curd (yoghurt) -125 gm
Condensed milk – 100gm
Fresh cream – 100gm

Step 1. In an oven proof dish, mix the three ingredients into a smooth, creamy consistency
Step 2. Bake it in a preheated oven at 130c (270F) for 20 minutes or until set
Step 3. Serve chilled.

It always works for me to keep one course simple and the other one a little elaborate or time consuming. Keep connected for more such Kitchen Smart ideas and recipes. Here are other favourite recipes 

- Meethe Chawal

- Orange Food Cake

- Tandoori chicken 

Comments (3)

MR Posted on Jan 08, 2015

Thank you. Looking forward for more delicious recipes

  Reply   View Reply

P c Posted on Jan 07, 2015

There is nothing better than a mutton curry cooked on slow fire with freshly ground masalas

  Reply   View Reply

D C Posted on Jan 07, 2015

It is good idea to share culinary recipes to pass on to next generation. The experts must write and post it to national knowledge commission to maintain these recipes for ever.

  Reply   View Reply

Charu Chhitwal

Charu Chhitwal, Founder KetchupMoms has daring tastebuds, a love for travel and an owl for her soul. It’s little wonder then that she loves to write and share her tips and tricks on traveling, food,

Featured Video

Scottys WanderQuest Egypt Box reviewed by KetchupMoms

04 Dec 2018

Recent Posts