Monday, September 12, 2011

Recipe - Goat Meat/Lal Maas/Spicy Goat curry - Rajasthani Style

   Goat meat is something I have eaten since my childhood. It is only when I came to the US I realized it is a delicacy and not easily available. Recently, I was able to get my hands on goat meat and here is my tribute to all the cooks who have fed me goat meat. The recipe below will feed 3 people with an average diet. 

Prep Time: 20 min
Cooking time ~ 70 min 

You will need:
Olive oil or clarified butter 
Goat meat: 1 pound (500 grams) - cut in small pieces and washed clean
Whole masala (100% optional): few bay leaves, pepper corns, cinnamon stick, cloves
Red onions: 2 - 3 (medium sized) - chopped fine
Haberno pepper: 1 (large) - chopped fine
Garlic Cloves: 4 - 5 (grated)
Ginger: medium sized piece (grated)
Ginger/garlic paste: 2 - 3 tablespoons
Tomatoes: 2 - 3 (medium - large) - chopped fine
Curd: 4 - 5 tablespoons - I prefer Fage brand (greek strained yogurt) you can use any 

Garam masala: 1.5 teaspoon
Red chili powder: 2 - 3 tablespoons
Turmeric powder: 1 tablespoon
Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
Salt: as per taste

1. Heat oil in pressure cooker - without the lid.
2. Once oil is heated add whole masala and cook for 1 min then add chopped onions.
3. Cook till onions are light golden brown in color.
4. Add chopped haberno, grated ginger and garlic and ginger garlic paste.
5. Cook for 1 min and add garam masala and cook for 1 min.
6. Add goat meat and cook on high heat until all the moisture evaporates - do not burn the meat in this step be careful.
7. Add tomatoes and cook on high heat till all the water dries up. 
8. When the water is drying up in step 7, take the yogurt and put chili, turmeric and coriander powder and some water and mix well. 
9. Put the mixture in the cooker.
10. Mix everything well and let it come to boil. 
11. Reduce the heat to medium and cover the cooker with a plate and let it cook for 10 - 15 min. Stir every 5 min.
12. Now cover close the lid of the pressure cooker and put 2 whistles - if you want the meat to be medium rare, for well done ~ 3 whistles.
13. If the meat is cooked well all the oil you put will separate and come on the surface - as in the picture below.
14. Serve with hot rotis/naan/rice.

PS: If you want -  garnish it with fresh cilantro and scallions. 
PPS: If you want to be more fancy add - bay leaves, cinnamon, pepper corns before the chopped onions. 

Let me know if you have any questions - I have almost perfected this recipe. 
Bon appetit

See pictures below.....

Figure: Golden brown onions with whole spices, ginger, garlic and garam masala

Figure: Goat added and cooked till all the moisture evaporates

Figure: Add the tomatoes

Figure: Heat them and keep heating till all the water is gone

Figure: This is how it looks once all the water from tomatoes evaporates

Figure: Add the curd mixed with spices and bring to boil

Figure: Cooked meat - Love the color and the texture - note no artificial color has been added

Figure: Served with hot naan