A delicious spinoff from the traditional Indian mutton curry, Sesame Street Delight is what I named this one. White sesame seeds are not a regular ingredient for red meat dishes in this side of the globe. Yet when it’s blended with the other regular Indian spices it adds out a fine and subtle layer to the flavours.
Pease note that it is a delicacy that needs many hours of marinating and then a longish low heat cooking. So it’s advisable you pick it up only on a day when you can afford the time. Hurrying through this recipe will not bring out the exact flavours nor the intended taste.
Prep Time : 4 – 7 hours
Cooling Time : 1 hour
Serving : 2
Mutton (Goat/Lamb meat) : 500 gms
Potatoes (cut in halves) : 3 medium sized
Red bell pepper (thin slices) : 1 medium sized
Onions (diced) : 3 medium sized
Garlic (unpeeled, roughly crushed): 7-9 cloves
Green chilies (sliced) : 6 – 8
White sesame seeds : 2 tbsp
Yoghurt : 200 gms
Turmeric : 1 tsp
Chili powder (preferably Kashmiri) : 2 tsp
Coriander powder : 2 tsp
Green cardamoms : 3
Cloves : 5
Cinnamon (roughly crushed) : 1 inch
Thyme (dry) : 1/2 tsp
Rosemary (dry) : 1/2 tsp
Bay leaf : 3
Salt : to taste
Vegetable stock/water : 3 cups
1. Mix the raw meat with yoghurt, turmeric, red chili powder, coriander powder, dried thyme and rosemary salt and let it matinate for at least 4 hours.
2. Heat olive oil in a pressure cooker pan and add the cumin seeds, bay leaf, sesame seeds, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Bring them to a light golden brown color.
3. Add the onions and garlic and stir fry till translucent pink-brown.
4. Add the marinated meat, potatoes and green chilies. Add salt to taste. Stir for 5 minutes.
5. Stir in the red bell pepper slices and cook the mix on low heat at least for 20 minutes.
5. Pour water/vegetable stock. Place the cooker lid with the vent weight in place. Pressure cook for 10 minutes.
Your Sesame Street Delight is ready! To your heart’s delight. Serve hot.
Spinoff Tips :
* The longer you marinate the better the flavours will evolve. You can stretch it upto 6-7 hours. Do NOT refrigerate.
* If you like a dash of sweet in your red meat then try adding a teaspoon of honey midway through the low heat sauté. Do Not add it any earlier.
Serving Tips :
Sesame Street Delight is best eaten with hot steamed rice or pilaf or a variety of Indian breads like roti, naan or paratha. So go ahead and spin it in your own lovely kitchens! And do not forget to let me know how much (or less) you enjoyed the drooling taste of this dish!
© & Author : Nivedita Dey, 2016