Mutton Mushroom Sukka

There are many dishes that are based around some natural combinations of foods and mutton or goat meat is almost heavenly with mushrooms. This dish, from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, is all about putting some meat on your plate with a spicy mushroom gravy that can become the star of your dinner table. With a little bit of colour and a whole lot of flair, Mutton Mushroom Sukka is truly a dish for some special occasions.

Ingredients required for Mutton Mushroom Sukka

Here is a list of the ingredients you need to get started:

- Mutton - 1/2 Kg
- Tomatoes - 500 Grams
- Onions - 500 Grams
- Button Mushrooms - 200 Grams
- Coconut - 1 & 1/2 Cup
- Cloves - 2 Buds
- Cardamom - 2 Pods
- Cinnamon - 2 Sticks
- Mace - 2 Blades
- Bay Leaves - 2
- Fennel - 1/2 Teaspoon
- Star Anise - 1
- Ginger Paste - 1 Teaspoon
- Garlic Paste - 1 Teaspoon
- Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder - 4 Teaspoon
- Coriander Powder - 2 Teaspoon
- Cumin Powder - 1 Teaspoon
- Turmeric Powder - 1/2 Teaspoon
- Oil

Most dishes from the Andhra Pradesh-region of South India tend to be a bit high on the heat-scale. You might want to turn things down a bit if heat isn't your thing. That said, the Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder is more about the colour than the heat, so don't worry too much about it.

Preparing the Ingredients for cooking

- Chop the Tomatoes
- Chop the Onions
- Quarter the mushrooms
- Grind the coconut to a smooth paste

Let's start cooking our Mutton Mushroom Sukka

In general, mutton takes a longer time to cook because it is a meat that is very lean and hard. It takes a long time to tenderize, which normally makes people turn towards lamb. If you find the taste of mutton too strong or are unable to digest the tougher taste of mutton, feel free to replace it with lamb and lower the cooking times accordingly. The quickest way to cook mutton is in a pressure cooker, where you can be sure that every single piece of meat will be cooked through completely.

- In a pressure cooker, heat some oil
- Add the cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, fennel and star anise to the oil and fry for a few seconds
- Add the onions and fry till they are golden-brown
- Add the ginger paste and garlic paste and cook for a bit longer
- This is when you need to add the tomatoes and cook until the chopped pieces breakdown even further, almost to a pulp
- Add the Kashmiri red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder and mix everything nicely
- Place the mutton in the pressure cooker and sear all sides of each piece nicely
- Once the mutton begins to change colour, add the mushrooms along with salt and about a cup of hot water
- Mix everything once before closing the lid of the pressure cooker
- Cook for about 15 to 20-minutes or about 4 to 6-whistles from the pressure cooker
- Allow the pressure cooker to cool down, and take off the lid to add the coconut paste and re-start the flame to continue cooking, at medium heat, for another few minutes
- Cook until the gravy has reduced and become thicker, coating the meat nicely
- Serve your Mutton Mushroom Sukka with Indian breads or steamed white rice

Personal tastes and preferences always make a difference when you are cooking and when it comes to Indian food, especially the kind that originates in the state of Andhra Pradesh, you need to keep an eye on the spice and heat. If the heat isn't working for you, lower it or add more oil to counter-balance the heat. However, adding oil isn't always best solution so just looking at lowering the amount of chilli you add to the dish and this vibrant, exciting dish should really wow your dinner guests.

One of the finest ways to make mutton and mushrooms, we hope you enjoy your Mutton Mushroom Sukka!

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