Kasha Mangsho – Bengali Mutton Curry

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|| ya devi sarvabhutesu buddhirupena samsthita
namas-tasyai namas-tasyai namas-tasyai namo namah ||

|| ya devi sarvabhutesu sakti rupena samsthita
namas-tasyai namas-tasyai namas-tasyai namo namah ||

With less than a week to go for Saptami, its time for a brief on the relevant pujas and a savouring dish. Two events passed by – Vishwakarma Puja and Mahalaya. If you came here just for the recipe, you can skip the next 3 paras.

Vishwakarma Puja

Vishwakarma is the god of architecture (in Hinduism) and thus, the presiding deity of all artisans and craftsmen. He architected of the Golden city of Lanka, Indraprastha (abode of Indra), Hastinapur (the capital of the Pandavas and Kauravas of Mahabharata) and the mythical town of Dwarka, where Lord Krishna lived during the Mahabharata period. Any parallel you can draw from modern times? J

The architect is worshipped usually in mid September each year in several parts of the country. In Bengal, the puja is marked by flying kites. And being the Lord of architecture, heavy machinery factories, construction sites and even engineering colleges celebrate Vishwakarma puja.

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Mahalaya

The enchanting voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra at 4am announces the arrival of Devi. Its Mahalaya and 7 days to Saptami. More about Mahalaya here. And here’s how Delhi is taking up Durga puja this year. Hundreds of men offer water to their deceased ancestors on this day, what Bengalis call as “Tarpan”.

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Pujor Ranna – Kasha Mangsho

I had prepared a Bengali style mutton curry for lunch today. Though I am not much of a mutton loving person, just thought of preparing it. With a little help from mom, the preparation turned out well. Here’s how to cook Bengali mutton curry.

Preparation time: 1hr
Cooking time: 30min
Serves 2

 

Ingredients:

Mutton (Khashir mangsho): 400gms

Potato (Aalu): 2 large sizes cut into quarters

Papaya grated (Jhiri kore kata Pepe): 3 tablespoon

Sour curd (Tauk doi): 2 tablespoons

Onion (Peyaj): 2 large sizes

Garlic (Rasun): 8-10 cloves

Ginger-garlic paste (Aada-rasun bata): 1 ½ teaspoon

Turmeric powder (Halud guro): ½ teaspoon

Chili powder (Sukhno lanka guro): 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard oil (Sarser tel): 8 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Chop one onion and make a paste of the other
  • Make a
  • Wash the mutton pieces well, and drain out the excess water
  • Take the mutton in a large bowl, put in the sour curd, onion and ginger-garlic paste; mix well, pour in 2 tablespoon of mustard oil and a pinch of salt, marinate for 50mins in refrigerator
  • Heat 3 tablespoon of oil in a wok and half fry the potatoes, keep aside
  • Pour in the rest of the oil in the same wok, and sauté the chopped onions and garlic cloves
  • Put in the marinated mutton, turmeric, chili, salt and grated papaya, stir in low flame till the mutton becomes absolutely dry and the oil separates (kashano in Bengali), it will also change color to a darker shade of brown
  • Add the dried up mutton in a pressure cooker and pour in 3 cups of water, close the lid and wait for 3 whistle
  • Open the lid and put in the potatoes and again allow 2 more whistles
  • Take out and serve with warm white rice

Kasha Mangsho

Hot Tips – The grated papaya helps in softening the mutton pieces, so its an optional ingredient in this preparation, if you want you can also add large papaya pieces in place of the grated papaya. The number of whistles depends on the quality of mutton, so check after the 5 whistles whether the mutton has become tender, else allow some more time.

Further Readings – Kasha Mangsho, Mutton Chaap (Bengali style)

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Dum Alu

Writing after a long long time. These few days I was absolutely burdened and couldn’t even enter my kitchen with the right state of mind to cook something new. With all the calorie consciousness all of us have really started avoiding potatoes and as such any high calorie fruits and vegetables. But you know what at times you also need to give a break to the thinking procedure and pamper your taste buds.

The dum alu is all about pampering that secret emotion of yours, which is now almost covered with the weight of the calorie conscious thoughts.

I tried this out yesterday, and had it with paratha. But I felt that this would as good as a snack on an evening enjoying and partying with friends.

Serves 6

Ingredients:

Potato (Alu) : 1kg

Onions (Peyaj): 200gms

Garlic (Rasun): 10 /12 cloves

Ginger (Adaa): 10gms

Turmeric powder (Halud guro): 1 teaspoon

Chilli powder (Lanka guro): 2 teaspoons

Garlic-Ginger paste (Aada-Rasun bata): 2 teaspoons

Mustard oil(Sarser tel): 2 tablespoons

Sugar (Chini): 1/2 tespoon

Coriander leaves(Dhane pata) to garnish

Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Take the vinegar in a small bowl and add julienned ginger to it. Keep it aside for the ginger to soak.
  • Boil the potatoes un-peeled with 1 teaspoon of salt, don’t over boil. Just boil them till the hardness goes off.
  • Take them out, drain the water and peel off the skins. Cut the potatoes into halves if they are of medium size. You can also use the smaller potatoes, then don’t need to cut them into pieces.
  • Julien the onions and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok. Add the oinions, garlic cloves and saute’ till the onions start becoming golden brown.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté till the fried smell comes out.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt along with two cups of water.
  • As steam starts coming out, add the boiled potatoes. Cook till the potatoes become soft. you can add water in the way if it gets too dry. Add the sugar and mix well.
  • Take the potatoes and keep in a serving bowl.
  • Garnish with the soaked ginger and chopped coriander leaves. Dum Alu

Instead of mustard oil you can also use vegetable or sunflower oil.Enjoy the DUM ALU with roti, paratha or just as a snack in a lazy evening with friends and family. Happy eating and happy cooking.

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