• Rice – 1 kg
• Mutton – 1 kg
• Sambar onions – 1/2 kg
• Dry red chillies – 25 nos
• Tomato – 1/4 kg
• Cumin seeds – 3 tsp
• Curry leaves – 4 sprigs
• Oil – 3 tbsp
• Salt – As reqd
• Soak rice for about half an hour.
:- Usually poor people use steamed rice which requires soaking. If you are using basmathi rice, then soaking is not required.
• Cook the rice in the conventional method. Strain the rice and keep aside.
• Chop the mutton into small bite sized pieces and cook separately adding a little salt.
• Heat oil in a large wok or pan.
• Add the peeled sambar onions and curry leaves to it and saute until it starts becoming transparent.
• Once nice aroma arises, add the slit dry red chillies. Saute for a few minutes.
:- This is the only ingredient that you add for spice, that’s why you add so much of chillies.
• Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they are well smashed.
• Add the cooked mutton pieces to this mixture and mix well.
• Crush the cumin seeds in your palm and add to the mixture now and add salt to taste.
• Keep the mixture closed and cook for sometime.
• Switch off the stove and add the cooked rice, mix well and serve hot.
:- This recipe has no expensive spices added to it and yet tastes fantastic.
:- You can also make it with chicken, in which case you don’t have to precook the chicken pieces.
:- You may add garlic, mint and coriander leaves for added flavour.