Introduction: Mutton Chukka, Cooked in an Earthen Pot
Our Grandmother used to cook meat and other food in earthen pot, which tasted very delicious. Here I made Mutton Chukka (Dry Curry) in an earthen pot which I bought from the local weekly market.
Step 1: Utensils
- An earthen pot
- Wooden spoon / ladle
- Mortar and pestle set
Step 2: Season the Earthen Pot
If your earthen pot is new, then you have to season it before using it for cooking.
- Immerse the new pot in water for a few hours
- Then clean the pot, fill water and boil it till the earthen smell disappears from the pot.
Step 3: Mutton
For this recipe I have used about 500 grams of mutton, cut to pieces. Wash and clean the mutton pieces and keep aside.
Step 4: Ingredients
- One tomato, finely chopped
- One large size onion, finely chopped
- Ginger Garlic paste. Here, I have used the Mortar and pestle set to make the ginger garlic paste.
- Handful of finely chopped Coriander leaves and mint leaves
- One to two teaspoon of Red chili powder. Please adjust it to your own taste.
- One teaspoon of Cumin seed powder
- One teaspoon of Garam Masala powder
- Half a teaspoon of Turmeric powder
- A tablespoon of cooking oil
- Salt to taste
Other Spices in small quantities
- Green Cardamom
- White poppy seeds
- Kalpasi (Armotrema Perlatum, commonly known as black stone flower)
- Star Anise
- Cinnamon sticks
- Fennel Seeds
Step 5: Preparation Step 1
- Heat the earthen pot on a stove
- When the earthen pot is properly heated without moisture, add a tablespoon of cooking oil
- When the oil is heated, add the spices like Green cardamom, white poppy seeds, Kalpasi, Star anise, Cinnamon sticks, gloves and fennel seeds to the hot oil
- Lightly fry the spices using the wooden ladle.
Step 6: Preparation Step 2
- Add the finely chopped mint and coriander leaves and stir
- Add the Ginger garlic paste
- Add chopped onions
- Cook them all in oil till raw small disappears
Step 7: Preparation Step 3
- Now add all spice powders and chopped tomatoes and cook for a few minutes
- Add salt to taste
Step 8: Preparation Step 4
- When all the ingredients are well cooked in oil, add the Mutton pieces
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Add one cup of water to the pot and mix well
- Cover the pot and keep it on fire
- Stir the contents from time to time to prevent the dish from sticking to the pot.
- When the gravy starts to thicken, check to see whether the meat is properly cooked.
- If you find it a bit hard, then add some more water and cook till meat becomes tender
- Once the meat is properly cooked and the gravy thickens, remove from heat.
- Transfer the Mutton Chukka to a serving dish.
Hope you all will enjoy the Mutton Chukka cooked in a earthen pot