Food & Drink Recipes Handi Meat - Royal Lamb Curry

Handi Meat – Royal Lamb Curry

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Handi meat, also known as Ahuna, Batlohi, or Champaran meat, is a dish with its root from Champaran, a district of Bihar state of India. The dish is popular in the northern regions of India. This curry is cooked slowly in Handi (earthenware pot) on a low flame of a wood fire and tossed continuously while cooking.

Cook making Handi Mutton. Image Source: tripadvisor.com

You can learn how to make this delicious lamb curry at home by following our step by step instructions.

Ingredient

  • 1 kilogram fresh mutton with bones
  • 3 to 4 cinnamon
  • 4 red chili
  • 10 gram black paper
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon anise seeds
  • 3 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 4 green cardamom and 2 black cardamom
  • 5-6 cloves
  • 4 large bay leaves
  • 200 gram curd
  • 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1.5 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 50 ml of mustard oil
  • 8 garlic
  • 400 gram onion (chopped in small pieces)

Cooking Method

Roast khada masala for 2-3 minutes in pan on high flame. Add 2 large bay leaves for roasting. After it’s roasted, grind it and add a small amount of water to make a paste out of it.

Now we need to marinate the mutton. To marinate add the masala paste and mix it well. Next, add 200 gram curd, if you don’t eat curd you can add 1 small cup of tomato paste and mix it well. Now add 2 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste, 1 tablespoon Kashmiri red chili powder, 1 and a half spoon turmeric powder, and salt as per the taste. Now mix it well and keep it for 20 minutes to marinate.

After 20 minutes, add 1 tablespoon garam masala.

Keep the pot on medium flame and heat the pot. Please note that this dish is made on a single flame, which means you should not change the flame. Once the pot is heated, add 50 ml mustard oil and wait for it to heat.

Now add 8 garlic, 2 large bay leaves, 400 gram chopped onion in small pieces. Fry it for 15 minutes.

After it is fried, the onion will turn to a light red colour. If you are using a steel pot instead of an earthenware pot fry the onion more to be it red. Now add mutton and mix it well. Close the Handi face and cook it for 1 hour, while it’s cooking, for every 10-15 minutes mix it lightly.

Serving

After the meat is cooked, serve it with Rice and wheat roti. You can also take lime and onion salad in the side.

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