Mutton is a tough and strongly-flavored meat that needs to be marinated and cooked well to bring out its unique taste. It features prominently in various cuisines across the globe, from American hamburgers and British roasts to the classic Indian and Middle Eastern lamb curries and stews. When we focus on Indian cuisine particularly, it is evident that mutton has been a favourite since ancient times, especially in the Royal kitchens. Lal Maas from Rajasthan, Galouti Kebabs from Lucknow, Rogan Josh from Kashmir, Awadhi Biryanis are some of the popular preparations that capture the essence of Indian culture and tradition.
Spices like cloves, cardamom, coriander powder, mace and nutmeg are used generously to enhance the flavour of meat. The most important step while cooking mutton is marination. Marinade is a mix of spices used to flavour and tenderize the meat. Yogurt is the best ingredient to marinate mutton along with mild spices and even vinegar.
5 Tips and Tricks for Cooking Mutton
- Most mutton curries require slow cooking on low heat (dum style) to retain its moisture, juices and tenderness. Meat should first be cooked over high heat to seal juices and then cooked till tender on low heat.
- Another thing that you should keep in mind is when to add salt. Do not add salt to the meat before cooking it. Salt forces the juices out and prevents browning. You should add salt halfway through cooking.
- Mutton of a younger animal is tender and tastes better. It is pinkish in colour with a firm yet soft texture. If it looks red and 'wrinkled', it will be tough.
- Keep a pan of water close to the barbecue to keep the meat moist while being grilled.
- While making kebabs, marinate the meat for longer. This will prevent the kebabs from becoming hard and chewy. Also, refrigerate the kebabs for a couple of minutes before frying. This helps in binding them and gives them a firm texture.
Here are our 10 best mutton recipes -
1. Galouti Kebab
Recipe by Chef Sultan, Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi
Galouti kebabs are the highlight of Awadhi cuisine. These melt-in-the-mouth kebabs are made with finely minced mutton and shallow fried in desi ghee. It goes best with ulte tawe ka paratha. Galouti Kebab
2. Laziz Lamb Handi
Recipe by Team Pakistan, Foodistan
A mildly spiced, creamy and fragrant lamb curry made in desi ghee.
Laziz Lamb Handi
3. Khatta Meat
Recipe by Chef Gopal
This one is a Dogri specialty from Jammu. Meat cooked in mustard oil with heaps of amchoor (dry mango powder) which gives it a citrusy kick.
4. Parsi Mutton Cutlets
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal
Quick and fuss free cutlets that can be made in advance and stored. Mutton mince, potatoes, herbs and spices come together to make these delights.
Parsi Mutton Cutlet
5. Rajasthani Laal Maas
Recipe by Chef Marut Sikka
A fiery meat curry from Rajasthan, this one is loaded with red chillies. Mutton is cooked in mustard oil and flavoured with the local kachri spice.
Rajasthani Laal Maas6. Bhindiwala MeatRecipe by Chef Divya Burman
An inventive combination of meat, lady fingers and subtle spices.
Bhindiwala Meat7. Dhabe Da KeemaRecipe by Chef Aditya Bal
Mince mutton cooked dhaba style with tomatoes, onions and lots of masalas. Serve with pav to add a rustic touch.
Dhabbe Da Keema
8. Rogan Josh
Recipe by Waza Brothers
One of the signature Kashmiri curries, meat is cooked with browned onions, spices and yogurt. The liberal use of Kashmiri red chillies imparts a dramatic red colour to the curry. Rogan josh was originally brought to Kashmir by the Mughals.
9. Badami Lamb Korma
Recipe by Chef Marut Sikka
A hearty mutton recipe, bursting with rich flavors of cream, almond paste, yogurt and spices, to warm your soul.
Badami Lamb Korma
10. Kosha Mangsho
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta
Kosha Mangsho is a famous Bengali mutton curry popular for its rich taste and spiciness.
Indian cuisine is filled with such mutton delicacies and all of them are worth trying at home for dinner parties.
Tender, flavorsome, succulent and sensational! If these words are enough to get you salivating, then these recipes are definitely going to take you to seventh heaven. From the classic Lamb Korma to Rajasthani Laal Maas, we bring you the best of mutton dishes.