Mutton Chops Masala

Goat meat has always been my favourite since childhood. My mum makes amazing curry and roasts with this meat. After moving to the UK, I realised that goat meat is not widely available. In the lockdown, my hunt for the meat began. One of my friends suggested, I should try ‘Cheshire meat’! I ordered it from them, it was delivered on time and beautifully packaged. I was absolutely thrilled- I finally found goat meat in the UK!

Mutton Chops Masala is a very special dish and I had to make it as, now I had GOAT MEAT in my fridge! My mum makes amazing mutton chops and I have learnt it from her!!

I would like to share the recipe with all of you. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Serves: 7
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 2 hours (slow cook)

Ingredients:

  • Mutton chops: 7
  • Yogurt: 4 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice: 2 tablespoons
  • Onion, finely sliced: 2 medium
  • Chopped tomatoes: 11/2 cups
  • Garlic paste: 2 tablespoon
  • Ginger paste: 2 tablespoon
  • Dry red chillies, whole- 2
  • Cinnamon stick (1 inch)- 2-3
  • Cardamom- 4-5
  • Cloves- 4-5
  • Turmeric powder- 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin powder: 2 tablespoons
  • Coriander powder: 2 tablespoons
  • Garam masala powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Red chilli powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Sunflower oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Mustard oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste

Method:

Marinade:

1. Mix the yogurt, garlic paste, ginger paste, lemon juice, 1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt to taste.

2. Leave it in the fridge overnight or for a few hours at room temperature.

Tip: Remember to get it out of the fridge a couple of hours before cooking, as the meat needs to be at room temperature prior to cooking.

Method:

1. Heat the sunflower and mustard oil in a deep non-stick pan and add cinnamon, cardamom and cloves to it. Cook for 1 minute.

2. Saute’ the onions till golden brown. In the meanwhile, make a paste with chopped tomatoes and dry red chillies in the grinder.

2. Add the tomato paste, 1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and garam masala powder.

3. Cook until the paste starts to separate from the oil.

4. Add the marinated mutton chops to it and cook for 10 minutes on a high flame.

5. If using a pressure cooker, then add 1/2 cup of water and cook for 6 whistles on a high flame. After this, cook it on a low flame for 20 minutes.

Tip: If you do not want to use a pressure cooker, then add 1 cup of water and cover the pan with a lid and cook it on a medium flame until the meat is soft, stirring from time to time.

6. Once the meat is cooked in the pressure cooker, transfer it to the pan and cook until the gravy is thick. Add salt if needed.

7. The mutton chops masala is ready to be served with rice or naan.

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