Railway Mutton Curry 


Railway mutton curry.

An easy to cook, delicious and flavourful mutton curry with onions, tomatoes, garlic and some flavourful spices.

Here is a story behind this super delicious mutton curry. It takes you back to the colonial era. It was first served in first class compartment of Indian Frontier Mail or Golden Temple Mail. This spicy mutton curry also used to serve in the railway refreshment room and other long distance train to serve the British palate. It was  generally served with bread or dinner rolls.

There are many variations of this curry which indicates the train routs.

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Colonialinspired cuisines. I think its the best event to share this less spicy version of Bengali mutton curry or mangsor jhol.

One of story behind it that a drunken British officer stumbled into the railway kitchen in midnight. At that time kitchen service was over and the cooks were preparing their own food. And their one dish was spicy and hot Bengali mutton curry. British didn’t like the hot spicy taste so the curry was changed from a spicy curry to less spicy curry by adding curd and coconut milk. The officer overjoyed with the taste and included it on the food menu of train. And he fondly called it Railway mutton curry.

Here is the recipe of one of the most popular mutton curry, a little less spicy version of Bengali mutton curry with coconut milk. Goes well with steamed rice, pulao, roti or Indian flat bread paratha and puri or luchi.

Recipe 


Mutton – 250 gram

Onion – 2 large sliced

Potatoes – 2 large

Garlic – 8 cloves finely chopped or crushed

Ginger – 1 inch piece grated or paste

Tomatoes – 2 large ground

Green cardamom – 4 broken or crushed

Cinnamon – 2 inch piece broken or crushed

Cloves – 4 broken or crushed

Mace or javitri – 1 string

Nutmeg powder – a pinch

Bay leaf – 1

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped or paste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 1/3 cup

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon optional

Salt to taste

Potato – 2 large

For marination 


Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Curd – 2 tablespoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 Teaspoon

lemon juice or vinegar – 1 teaspoon

Method 
Wash and drain the mutton pieces. Marinate with ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, salt, curd, red chilli powder, black pepper powder, mustard oil and lemon juice or vinegar. I have used lemon juice.
Marinate and keep it in refrigerator for overnight or 1 – 2 hour.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into half.

I have ground the tomatoes with green chillies, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg powder. If you like you can use them crushed or broken.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes. Don’t make them brown. Fry till the colour becomes light golden brown.  Remove and keep them aside.

In the same oil add bay leaf. If you are using cardamom, cinnamon etc broken add them too. Add sliced onions and garlic. Saute till the colour becomes brown.

Now add the tomato paste along with ginger, green chilli and other spices.

Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Add the mutton pieces and salt. Add salt carefully. We have already used salt in marination.

Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom. Fry til the mutton pieces change it’s colour. Add the potatoes and mix well.

Add hot water as require to make thick gravy. Don’t make it runny.

Transfer it to the pressure cooker. And pressure cook for 3 – 4 whistle.

Open the lid and check if done or not. Mine is little undone so I have pressure cooked on simmer for 10 minutes more.

After opening the lid add the coconut milk. If you are using ghee or clarified butter add it too. Mix and close the lid again.

Serve after 10 – 12 minutes. Serve hot with steamed rice, pulao, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, puri or luchi.

Or simply enjoy it with toasted bread.

Chicken Dak Bungalow 


Dak bungalow chicken.

Its a colonial recipe from the days of the British. Unfortunately dak bungalow cuisine is a near forgotten culinary treasure. Dak bungalows were the rest houses of Calcutta where the British officers used to take rest on journey. Or used as a night stay during hunting trip. In these dak bungalows or rest houses a khansama or orderly used to handle the kitchen. They generally used their own chicken or goat or the animals killed in hunting to serve the officers.

The recipe is different  from one dak bungalow to other depending on the availability of ingredients.

Dak bungalow chicken curry comes with whole boiled and fried eggs and potatoes in it and freshly ground spices.

A very flavourful dish which needs only two steps marinade and then cook. The original recipe of chicken dak bungalow was chicken roast. Which is very light on spices and could be cooked with minimal ingredients and shortest of time. But these days chicken dak bungalow is much spicier and with more gravy.

I have made this chicken dak bungalow in my own way. Generally coriander powder is used in it but I have used cumin powder in it. You can use coriander powder if you like.

I have made a rich and spicier version of chicken dak bungalow.

Recipe 


Chicken pieces – 1 kg

Onions – 4 large

Garlic – 6 – 7 cloves

Tomatoes – 4 large

Oil – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 teaspoon optional

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Green cardamom – 4 -5

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick

Cloves – 4

Mace or javitri – 2 string

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 tablespoons

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon or as per your spice tolerance

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Eggs – 4 – 6
Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For marinate 


Salt

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Curd – 1/2 cup
Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Method 



Marinate the chicken pieces with salt, mustard oil, turmeric powder, cumin powder, lemon juice, ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, pepper powder, garam masala powder and curd. Keep it in refrigerator for 1 – 2 hour or overnight.

Finely chop 2 onions. Make a paste of remaining 2 onions, ginger and garlic. Keep it aside.

Grind the tomatoes with green chillies, cardamom, mace, cloves and cinnamon. You can use the whole spices in tempering too.

Peel the boiled eggs and pierce with a knife. Marinate with salt and turmeric powder and keep aside. I didn’t use potatoes but if you are using potatoes peel and marinate some whole small potatoes or chopped large potatoes with salt and turmeric powder. Fry the potatoes and eggs separately and keep aside.

Heat mustard oil in a nonstick pan. Fry the marinated chicken pieces and keep aside.

In the same oil add the chopped onion and sugar. Fry till the onion becomes brown. Add the onion, garlic and ginger paste. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Now add the tomato, green chilli, cardamom, mace or javitri, cinnamon and cloves paste. Saute and add salt cumin powder, red chilli powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Now add the fried chicken pieces. Mix well.

Add remaining spices of marination and water as require to make gravy. Add the fried potatoes and eggs. Cover and cook until the chicken and potatoes are becomes soft.

Taste and adjust the seasoning. Sprinkle garam masala powder and switch off the flame.

Garnish with chopped cilantro, sliced onions and green chilli.

Serve hot with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, puri or luchi.

Masor Tenga Or Tangy Fish Curry

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Masor tenga or tangy fish curry.
This is a signature dish of Assam, a beautiful state of North East India.

This masor tenga or tangy fish curry is a light and tangy dish. The souring ingredients of this sour fish curry are lemon or tomato which gives the dish a tangy taste.

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday #Bloghop. This week’s theme is cuisines of North East India.

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I am presenting a signature dish of Assam. A beautiful state of North East India.
Assam has an incredible range of culture.

Assam is known for Assam tea and Assam silk. The first oil well in Asia was drilled here. It has amazing wild life and oldest oil refineries.  The state has famous Kamakhya temple too.

Assam is a state in Northeast India. Located south of the eastern Himalayas, Assam comprises the Brahmaputra Valley and the Barak Valley.

Assamese cuisines is characterized by less spices and strong flavour.
This masor tenga is very easy to make and lightly spiced.

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Recipe

Rohu fish  – 4-5 pieces

Tomatoes  – 4-5 chopped

Fenugreek seeds or methi – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder  – 1 teaspoon

Mustard oil  – 1 tablespoon

Green chilli  – 2 slit optional

Coriander leaves  – 1 – 2 tablespoon chopped

Kashmiri red chilli powder  – 1 teaspoon optional

Oil for frying the fish

Juice of 1/2 lemon

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Method

Marinate the fish pieces with salt and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder for 8 – 10 minutes.

Finely chop the tomatoes. Slit green chilies and keep aside.
Fry the fish pieces till golden brown and take out from the oil.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. You can use the same oil which is used to frying the fish. Add fenugreek seeds. When the seeds turns brown remove them from the oil. Discard the seeds.

Now add chopped tomatoes and green chilies. Add salt, turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Green chilli is optional. If you don’t like spicy omit it. I have added Kashmiri red chilli powder for colour.

Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy and dried up.
Gently slide the fish pieces and add water as require. I have made a thick gravy.

Add chopped coriander leaves. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes or until done.

Uncover and gently turn the fish pieces. Add more water if require.
Taste and adjust the salt and switch off the flame. Add lemon juice and mix well.

Garnish with coriander leaves and slit green chilli.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

Enjoy the lightly spiced delicious fish curry with hot steamed rice.

Chicken Clear Soup

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Chicken soup, a popular home remedy for the common cold. And very easy to make.

Healthy easy to digest and packed with nutrition.
You can add any vegetables,  pasta or noodles to make it a wholesome one pot meal.

Chicken is a rich source of amino acid, good supply of protein content, essential vitamins and minerals. Its also helps in losing weight and blood pressure control.

A hot bowl of chicken soup warm you up and also drive away cold and flu.

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Recipe

Chicken  – 2 large pieces

Carrot  – 1/2 thick sliced

Onion  – 1 diced

Tomato  – 1 roughly chopped

Cloves  – 2-3

Cinnamon  – 1 small stick

Bay leaf  – 1

Spring onion  – 1 chopped

Lemon juice  – 1 teaspoon

Butter  – 1 teaspoon optional

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder to taste

Method

Pressure cook chicken, carrot, onion, tomato, spring onion, bay leaf, clove and cinnamon with water for 5-6 whistle.

You can add vegetables of your choice. Add garlic with the chicken and vegetables if you like.

Let the pressure cooker cool down.
Strain the soup and boil it again.
Taste the salt. Add if require. Add black pepper powder.

Garnish with chopped spring onion or coriander leaves.
Serve hot with lemon juice.

You can add a spoon full of butter if you like.
Enjoy the hot bowl of soup in chilled weather.

Chicken Chaap

 

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Chicken chaap. Its simple and very easy to make but taste is finger licking. Chicken chaap or chanp is a mughlai dish cook with lots of ghee.

I made this aromatic and delicious chicken chaap with very little ghee and less spices. And believe me taste is awesome.

Delicious aromatic chicken chaap.

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Recipe
Chicken- around 1 kg

Cardamom- 4

Cinnamon- 1 inch piece

Clove – 4

Mace – 2 strings

Star anise- 1/2 piece

You can dry roast and grind them. But its my quick and easy way so I didn’t roast just ground with a tomato.

Hung curd- 1 cup

Garlic paste- 11/2 tablespoon

Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder- 2 tablespoon

Red chilli powder as per your spice tolerance

Coriander powder- 1 teaspoon

Poppy seeds- 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 10-12

Salt to taste

Sugar- 1 teaspoon

Oil – 3-4 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter -1 tablespoon

Kewra water/Pandanus essence – few drops ( optional)

Method

Soak the poppy seeds and cashews in half cup warm water for 15 minutes and make a paste.

Take a bowl add chicken, curd, salt, sugar, ginger garlic paste, kashmiri red chilli powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, poppy seeds and cashew paste.

Mix them well. I put them in refrigerator for over night. You may keep it for 4-6 hours.

Heat a pan. Add oil and ghee. Then add the chicken pieces. Saute for some time then add the marinade spices.

Stir well and cook over medium flame. Add tomato spices paste. Stir and cover it.

Check it in few minutes and stir again. Fry until oil leaves the sides of pan and chicken gets tender.

Add kewra water/ pandanus essence ( I didn’t). Mix well.

Your chicken chaap is ready. If you want richer you may use more ghee/clarified butter. Or you can make it with only ghee/clarified butter. Enjoy…

Fish Kalia

 

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Fish kalia or machher kalia is a spicy rich fish curry . Goes well with hot steamed rice.

Fish kalia is one of the signature dishes from Bengali cuisine.

Its a very popular dish in Bengal. Serve on every special occasions in Bengali family.

Perfect as a side dish for lunch and dinner both.

You can make it with Rohu or any fresh water fish.

I got the recipe from my mom in-law.
Hope you will like it.

Recipe

Pieces of rohu fish

Onions – 2 ( paste)

Ginger paste – 1 tsp

Garlic paste – 1 tsp

Green chilli – 2 ( paste)

Tomato – 2 ( paste)

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece ( broken)

Cardamom – 2-3 ( broken)

Cloves – 3

Bay leaf – 1

Mustard or any oil – 5 -6 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Green chilli and chopped coriander leaves for garnishing

Method

Wash the fish properly. Marinate with salt and turmeric powder.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry fish pieces till golden brown and keep aside.

Now add cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf in the remaining oil. Add onion paste and sugar fry well.

When onions change it’s colour add ginger garlic and chilli paste. Fry till oil leaves the sides.

Add tomato paste and all spices. Keep stirring. Cook until oil leaves the sides.

Add salt and water as much you want for gravy. When the water starts boiling add the fish pieces. Cook covered on low flame for 5 minutes.

Its ready. You may add 1 tsp ghee or clarified butter now.

Garnish with slit green chilli and chopped coriander leaves.

Enjoy the heavenly taste with hot steamed rice.

Spicy Egg Or Masala Egg

 

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A spicy egg curry. Very easy recipe and taste is finger licking.

Its very similar to shakshuka. Shakshuka is a traditional Turkish dish. Basic recipe consisting crushed tomatoes, peppers, garlic, salt, paprika, olive oil and poached eggs.

But I made it in Indian style. Little more spicy.

Recipe

Eggs – 4

Onions – 2-3

Garlic – 3-4 pod. You can add more if you like the garlicky taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomatoes – 2 large

Green chilli  – 1-2 or as per your spice tolerance

Salt to taste

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 3/4 tsp

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tbsp.

Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp

Cream or malai – 2-3 tbsp

Oil – 2 tbsp

Method

Make a paste of onions, garlic, green chilli and ginger.

Grind the tomatoes.

Heat oil in a broad pan. Add onion garlic ginger paste.

Fry well then add the tomato paste. Stir well.

Add all the spices and salt.

When the masala fried well and the oil leaves the sides add the cream or malai. ( beat well before adding) Stir continuously.

When dried up add little water. Let it boil.

Now break the eggs one by one and drop on the masala. Don’t overlap keep the eggs separate.

Just like you make half fry or poached egg.

Cover the pan cook on low flame for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes flip the eggs.

And again cook on low flame covered.

And your masala egg or spicy egg is ready. Isn’t a easy recipe? Easy and delicious.

Serve hot with steamed rice, naan, bread or paratha.