Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Lamb Curry with Papdi or Papdi Ma Ghosht

Parsi food is always appreciated in our house. I try an easy version of mutton with papdi and eggplant from the Time & Talents cookbook. This compendium is treat to work with, a handbook with an array of cuisines. All recipes come from home chefs, their personal favorites for us to enjoy. 

My adaptation, a faux Parsi experiment, takes the easy way out. No grinding of masala, not too many ingredients. In place of the ground green masala I use bottled green chutney with a few spices added to it. I only use one vegetable, papdi, Indian flat beans shaped like half moons. You will find these at any well stocked Indian grocery store. Top and tail these beans as you would do green beans. Then unlike green beans, you pull them apart. A handful of beans should be enough. 

The meat and beans cook in a pressure cooker. You could very well use an InstaPot in the same fashion. Pressure cook the meat, wait for the whistle, lower the flame and in no time at all you should have a simple yet delicious meat curry.

Adapted from the Time & Talents Cookbook
Serves 4

1 pound Lamb or Goat shoulder, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons Green Chutney(store bought or home made)
1/2 teaspoon Garam masala
2 small Onions
4 Scallions
1 cup Papdi or Flat Romano Beans, trimmed and pulled apart
3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
2 tablespoons Canola Oil

Wash and dry meat. 

Marinate meat in green chutney and garam masala for 4-5 hours.

Chop onions and scallions into small dice. 

Heat oil in a pressure cooker pan. 

When it shimmers, add onions and saute till light brown.

Add chopped scallions and saute for 1 minute. 

Drop the marinated meat into the oil and saute on a high flame till meat sears and browns. 

Add papdi, kosher salt and enough water. The water level should be just below the level of the meat. 

Pressure cook for 16 minutes. 

Open cooker and allow meat to simmer for 10 minutes so the gravy thickens slightly.

Serve with chappatis or rice.

Easy meals satisfy that sweet spot. Life today is about keeping things simple. This meal fits that bill.

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