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Kashmiri Style Shab Deg-Mutton Kofta and Turnip Curry by – Top Catering Services Lucknow

  • To begin making the Shab Deg recipe, firstly slowly add water into the whole wheat flour and make a tight dough. This dough is to seal the vessel. Once it is ready, keep it aside.

  • Collect all the ingredients on your counter and do the preparations mentioned like, grind Almond and Poppy to make a paste and keep aside.

  • Peel and wash the turnips, cut into half or four quadrants and keep aside. Soak saffron in milk and keep in fridge to get more intense colour. 

  • Take a large mixing bowl and combine all the ingredients required for making kofta and mix well to make a dough.

  • Pinch a lemon sized ball from the dough, roll it and shape into kofta and keep aside. 

  • Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel known as DEG and fry the turnips till they are golden in colour. Collect them and keep aside.

  • In the remaining ghee add caraways seeds, cardamom and cloves and wait till they crackle.

  • Add mutton and fry for atleast 5 minutes. Now add ginger garlic paste and saute for another couple of minutes.

  • Season it with chilli powder, coriander powder and salt. Mix well and add whisked curd/yogurt. Keep stirring till curd incorporates with the spices well.

  • Add garam masala powder and some water, give a quick stir and simmer the gas. Cover the lid and let it cook on low flame till one hour.

  • Add water (preferably warm) and fried onions. Mix and add turnips and meat balls.

  • Check salt again and adjust if needed. Cover the deg with a lid that fits well and seal the sides with dough.

  • Let the deg be on very low flame for another 2 hours. 

  • Once the curry is done, break the seal carefully and open the lid.

  • Stir in the saffron milk and garnish with some finely chopped coriander or kasuri methi and drizzle some cream/malai all over.

  • Serve Shab Deg along with Jeera Rice or Naan, Boondi Raita and a plate of Onion salad.

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