Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday cooking with hubby: Mutton curry & Chitol Fish Kofta

So, today were the Oscars, and hubby and I decided to stay in and veg out in front of the TV. However, after nibbling on some itty bitty snacks, we got hungry for some real food, so we decided to cook. I made mutton curry and he made chitol fish kofta, which is basically fish cakes made with minced fish. The fish he used is chitol fish (clown knifefish), which is native to Bangladesh. I made mutton curry in basic curry style.



Mutton - 2 lb
Onion - 1 large onion
Cinnamon- 2 sticks
Cardamom- 4 pieces
Red dried chilly- 4
Fresh ginger paste- 1 tbsp
Fresh garlic paste- 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Red chilly powder (reshampatti)- 1 tsp
Tomato- 1
Oil - 3 tbsp
Salt according to taste
Water as required

Wash mutton in a large bowl under running water

    Pat mutton dry with kitchen towel to drain excess water.

    Heat a pot, add oil. Add cinnamon, cardamom, dried red chillies and chopped onion. Caramelize.


 After onions have browned, add ginger and garlic pastes and brown slightly.

   Add turmeric powder.
    Add coriander powder.
   Add red chilly powder.
    Mix everything well. 
   Add mutton
Mix well
Add salt according to taste. I added less than a tablespoon.
    Turn the heat on medium and cover with lid. Let it sit like that for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
    After 30 minutes, add two cups of water. 

   Add chopped tomato.

Cover and simmer on medium heat for 1.5 hour (check if mutton is cooked).

   Transfer in serving dish.



Chitol fish, minced - 1/2 lb
Onion- 1 small onion chopped
Cilantro- 4 sprigs, chopped finely
Green chillies- 2, chopped finely
Spring onion- 1 sprig, chopped finely
Garlic- 2 cloves
Ginger- 1/2 inch
Red chilly powder (reshampatti)- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder- 1/4 tsp
Black pepper- 1/2 tsp
Salt according to taste
Egg -1 large
Oil for frying

   Take minced fish in a glass bowl

   Add chopped onion
    Add chopped chillies.
    Add chopped cilantro.

Add grated garlic.

   Add grated ginger
    Add chopped scallion.
Add salt, black pepper and cumin powder
   Add red chilly powder.
Add turmeric powder
    Add garam masala powder.

 Add mixture to mortar, and pound with pestle

Transfer to bowl.
Shape into flat cakes.

    Beat one large egg
Coat the fish cakes in egg.

Shallow fry in hot oil.

Cook on each side for 6-7 minutes, depending on doneness

Finally, its done! It was delicious, hubby did a great job!

We had vegetable khichuri (rice, lentils, broccoli  and cucumber salad along with the mutton curry and fish kofta. Recipes for those another day. Dinner was delicious :)

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