This is a curry dish I do at home. Normally I use lamb or chicken so it can cook faster, but today I’m feeling ambitious – so mutton it is!
- Several small bowls to hold ingredients
- 1 large knife
- 1 cutting board
- 1 deep sauce pan ( deep enough for pasta )
I used mutton cut for potjiekos. My South African friends know exactly what that means. I’ll save that for another post. The mutton is cut in rather irregular pieces with lots of bones. Needless to say – this is a get your fingers dirty type curry. I also show this on Chapati – I have prep pics if you’re interested. Put 4 tablespoons of oil in your deep pot and set aside
- Mince your ginger until you have 2 tablespoons
- Mince your garlic until you have 1 heaped teaspoon
- Set the ginger and garlic aside in a bowl
- Peel and dice an onion
- Put the diced onion in a bowl
- Add 3 cloves to the bowl with the onion
- Add 4 cardamon pods to the bowl
- Add the 2 cinnamon sticks to the bowl with the onion
- I used 3 different curries to make my curry powder mix ( the woolies cape malay one, a medium curry, a mild curry powder – 2 teaspoons of each ).
- I also added in paprika.
- Dice your fennel
- Heat your deep pot on high
- Once warm, add the onion cinnamon and clove mix
- Use a wooden spoon to mix as it cooks.
- When the onions begin to caramelize, add the curry powder mix
- Drop the heat to medium
- Cook the mix until it darkens ( no more than 5 minutes). Note do not burn your mix.
- Add your mutton to the pot and stir frequently
- Add the garlic and ginger mix
- Add 3 teaspoons of salt
- Add your fennel
- Stir frequently for another 5 minutes
- Add 1.5 cups of water and cover for 30 minutes
- Now check frequently and stir from time to time. You want to get to a point where your mutton starts to pull away from the bone and gets tender. I let mine go for an hour in total. If you run out of water in your sauce – you can keep adding water a cup at a time to reconstitute the sauce.
- Once you’re happy that your mutton is nice and tender, peel your tomato
- Dice the tomato
- Ad the diced tomato to the pot
- Peel your potato and cut into large chunks
- Add to your pot
- Let the pot cook covered for another 30 minutes. Add the 4 tablespoons of cream.
- You should be ready to serve.