Thursday 22 October 2009

Palak Gosht (Spinach Mutton)

 Hello to all! Hope all is fine. I think I got used to too much of lethargic lazy days during this summer vacation that I'm having a hard time to get back to blogging.... (lazy me!!)

Well, I've come back with this Palak Gosht, literally Spinach Mutton which evokes in me some beautiful souvenirs of my trip to the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana. I’m saying this because that’s where I tasted this delicious dish for the first time.

Nowadays, the Palak Gosht is almost known in every parts of India nevertheless I need to mention that this food is especially preferred in the Northern parts of India, where the Mughals have left a long lasting influence in the Indian cuisine. Should I mention the great rulers of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century? Babur, Humayun, Akbar the great and the famous Shah Jahan…..

Coming to the dish, I love the combination of Spinach and Mutton; let me describe it as a delicious union of the tender succulent pieces of mutton with the no-fussy mild flavored Spinach, all this blended in a rich mixture of freshly ground spices, hum hum I don’t have enough vocabulary to tempt you anymore, I'm leaving yourself to judge this wonderful union :)

1 kg Mutton cut into small cubes (Boneless cuts from the Lamb leg sirloin Half is ideal)
½ kg fresh spinach
2 big onions, chopped finely
1 inch finely grated fresh ginger
Whole garam masala (whole cumin seeds, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 or 2 bay leaves, 2 cardamoms)
2 tbsp ghee and 2 tbsp of oil
5 sticks butter

For marinating:
½ a cup of yoghurt
A tbsp of ginger and garlic paste
1 tbsp coriander powder
A tbsp cumin seeds powder
½ tsp of garam masala powder
3 or 4 green chillies (whole)
½ tsp chilly powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder

Marinate the prepared meat in the marinating mixture. Remove the stalk from the green chillies and just leave them as they are, unless you need it real hot (in that case slit them into two and remove the seeds). Let it marinate for about an hour or two in the refrigerator.

Wash and chop the Spinach roughly into small pieces.

Heat the ghee and the oil together in a wide double bottomed vessel. Bring down the heat to medium and fry the marinated lamb on high heat, along with all the marinating ingredients for few minutes until the liquids are almost absorbed. Add 2 or 3 cups of warm water (just enough to cover the meat) and correct the salt if necessary. Let it come to boil and then cook the meat covered on medium high heat until the meat is done.
Add the spinach and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove off the fire.

In another vessel, melt the butter and splutter the whole garam masala and fry the onions until slightly brown. Add the ginger and stir fry for few seconds and pour all this to the meat/spinach preparation.

Excellent with Ghee rice, Pilaf or plain rice or any rotis Naan / Cheese Naan / Parotta / Chapati ….

PS: Gourmets can also add a swirl of cream to the sauce just after adding the ginger.

And some awards...... Thanks to all of you for these awards!Isn't that a warm welcome ? well, that's so sweet of you dear friends! My hearty thanks to all of you!

Thank you Ann, Pinky, Faiza, and Ramya .

Thanks to Sailaja Damodaran.Thank you Sathya!
Thank you Sanghi!


Tina said...

Congrats on your award. Spinach mutton looks delicious and yummy...Lovely and neat clicks...Thanku for your sweet comments dear.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Congrats....I just made this yest. pl. my version .....urs also looks very tempting

Vrinda said...

Congrtas on ur awards...lov mutton than chicken,my hubby also makes palak mutton,looks yumm and healthy tooo

Shama Nagarajan said...

Congrats dear...lovely recipe..nice click.....

mona said...

Ah, Yumm!

Cham said...

Welcome back! U re back with bang, the palak mutton is very appetizing with ghee rice!

Priya said...

Welcome back Vino, seems u r back with bang..Palak mutton looks tempting and delicious...

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Welcome back my friend..have being missing ur recipes..and these spinach mutton looks so mouth-watering...I send u couple of scraps too..hope u had very enjoyable vacation and waiting see more ur recipes

Jaishree said...

Nice to c u back dear:) Congrats on your awards!ovely recipe..nice click..

Soma Pradhan said...

Mutton Spinach is really looking sumptous..I need to try this one out..Both Mutton and Spinach are my favourite

Viki's Kitchen said...

Hi Vino, Glad to see you back. Hope you had a great vacation. Congrats on all your awards dear.
Palak and mutton seems a wonderful combo. Never tried it at home. Thanks for the perfect recipe.

Sarah Naveen said...

Hey dea...
Thanks for dropping by Vazhayila!!!
Mutton looks so tempting!!Yummy!!
keep rocking dea..!!

kitchen queen said...

congrats for ur have a nice blog. you can visit my blog and give ur comments.

Jean's Saappadu said...

Thanks to all for all lovely comments!

dear kitchen queen,
I'm writing the comment that I have to do on your site here because I'm having some problems with the word verification on your site, so unable to do since two days;
this is what I wanted to say:
"I wanted to say that you have a nice blog and your greeny pulao looks good!

first of all , thanks for the visit (to remind you, Jean's saappadu)and for the comment on the chayote mor kuzhambu;

I'm glad to discover your recipes and yet to see the rest, all yummy should I mention;

the mushroom and mutter curry also sounds really good, richly creamed with the cashew nuts; I 'd love with some rotis."

San!!! said...

Hi,spinach mutton is so inviting.Good shot.

Lavanya Siva said...

Congrats on your award dear. This recipe is making me feel hungry........hmmmmmmmm yum

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

congratulations on your award. Lovely mutton spinach...
And welcome back!

ann said...

Ha,Jean,after a long period here to comment.Palak gosht looks great and its obviously a healthy dish..And congrats on all your valuable awards !! keep rocking Jean..

Chitra said...

welcome back dearie..Congrats on ur awards and curry looks very nice.

sangeeta said...

first time here and found my all time favorite dish...i make it with a bit more masala n no butter...but essentially in ghee ( minimal)..i love it..the picture looks so inviting.

kitchen queen said...

Hi dear thankyou for ur sweet appreciationand comments about my dishes and my blog.I need it and am honoured to get these comments from u.I shall sort out the problems due to which u are not able to put ur comments.In the mean time there are awards waiting for u in my blog.Please visit my blog and collect it.

Malar Gandhi said...

Thats double the treat, Vino...both mutton and greens. SOunds very healthy to me right now...wish I find some mutton here.

swarna said...

Sure a nice combo..

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Great combo Looks awesome!!Mutton is my fav meat.The pictures itself make me feel hungry...:)
U wonderful recipe collection..see you often....:)

my kitchen said...

Congrats on ur awards,yummy one

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