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MASALA CHOPS

Ingredients:
Thick lamb chops- 6 (well trimmed of fat)
Yoghurt - 1 cup
Onions - 1 cup (finely chopped)
Garlic - 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
Butter - 120 gms
Ginger root - 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Cashew nuts - 1/2 cup
Poppy seeds - 2 tsp
Cloves - 3
Cardamom seeds - 1/8 tsp
Bay leaves - 2 (crushed)
Cardamom powder - 3/4 tsp
Black pepper - 2 tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp
Cloves - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

For Garnishing:
Chopped fresh coriander

Method:

  • Plce clarified butter in a large heavy skillet over medium high heat. 
  • Fry the onions, garlic, and ginger, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes, or until onions are golden brown. Remove pan from heat.
  • Remove onions, garlic, and ginger from the hot butter and place them in a blender.  Puree these ingredients, along with the cashew and poppy seeds. If mixture is too dry to puree, add a little water.
  • Place frying pan back over medium high heat.
  • Return spice paste to the pan. Add cloves, cardamom seeds, and crushed bay leaves.
  • Add the lamb chops, and fry, turning occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  • Scrape the bottom of the pan now, and again as you continue to cook, and keep the sauce from scorching.
  • Lower heat to medium and add the yoghurt and ground spices. 
  • Fry approximately 10 minutes longer, continuing to turn the chops occasionally.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and cook the chops 15 minutes longer, or until they are done. Season with salt.
  • Serve chops coated with yoghurt sauce ad garnished with chopped coriander.



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Dondakaya Masala (Gherkins Masala) curry

Ingredients:
Dondakayalu - 250gms
Onions - 2
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Tamarind juice - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4tsp
Salt to taste


For Masala paste:
Peanuts -1 tbsp, Red Chillies - 3 no.'s, Gingely seeds - 1tbsp, Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp, coconut powder - 1tbsp,  cumin seeds - 1 tsp


Method:
Cut the onions into small pieces. Slit the dondakayalu into 4 long pieces. Dry roast all the masala ingredients and grind to make fine powder. Heat the oil add jeera when it crackles add onions. Fry onions for 5 minutes add dondakayalu, turmeric and salt. Cook for another 5 minutes the add the masala powder, tamarind juice and some water. Cook the curry till the oil floats. This curry goes well with rice and roti.