How to Marinate Mutton to Prepare Mutton Kala Bhuna
Take a large pan and put the mutton pieces into it. Now to it add 1 cup chopped onion, 2-3 bay leaves (split into small pieces), 3 black cardamom, 7 to 8 pieces of 1 inch cinnamon stick, 3 to 4 star anise, 3 to 4 green cardamom, 6 to 7 cloves, 1 teaspoon whole black pepper, 6 to 7 cubeb and half cup fried brown onion.
Further, add 1 tablespoon red chili powder, half teaspoon turmeric powder, 2 tablespoon coriander powder, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon ginger paste and 1 tablespoon garlic paste. Now add 1 cup leftover oil used for preparing brown onion (this is best to add here, as it has the flavor of onions in it). Cover it and put aside for half an hour.
How to Make Mutton Kala Bhuna
Now put marinated mutton over a high flame to cook it covered for 7-8 minutes on high flame. Occasionally open the cover and flip the mutton pieces from bottom after every 1-2 minutes then cook again with closed lid. Flipping the mutton pieces after every 1-2 minutes is a must otherwise the spices will get burnt from bottom. After rotating the mutton pieces from the bottom, cover the lid. this will help in cooking the mutton pieces over steam.
After 7-8 minutes of cooking over a high flame, you will observe moisture gets separated from the mutton pieces. You might have noticed we have not added any water in it till now.
Fry the mutton for 10-15 minutes more till you see that oil is getting separated from the meat. The frying process will be the same as above i.e. occasionally flip and rotate the mutton pieces from the bottom then again cooking with covering the lid.
Now you will find the color of mutton has turned brown. Add black pepper powder, nutmeg powder, roasted cumin seed's powder, wild celery powder, and garam masala powder. Also, tear the mace in small pieces and add to it. Mix well stirring constantly for a minute or two.
Now turn the flame to low and let it cook covered.
In another pan add 1 cup mustard oil. Now add half cup chopped onion and fry it over high flame till onions become translucent.
Add finely chopped garlic and fry till onions turn golden. Now add finely chopped ginger, whole red chilies and fry it till onions turn brown.
As soon as the onions turn brown, pick out some pieces of hot mutton pieces from the other pan and put them into this pan. Immediately cover the lid tightly. Tightly covering this pan with your hand and shake this pan a little. This will transfer the aroma of mutton pieces into the oil.
After shaking a little keep it covered for a minute. After a minute open the lid again mix well. Now transfer all the items of this pan to the other pan having the rest of mutton pieces. Immediately switch the flame to medium.
Mix well and cook it covered for another 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes open the lid and cook open stirring the mutton pieces continuously, until mutton pieces become tender and oil separates.
After this process, you will find the real dark brown color of mutton pieces desired by you. Now add half teaspoon garam masala powder and half teaspoon wild celery powder mix well and cook for another minute.
Now cover the lid and cook for another 5 minutes and then switch off the flame.
Your mutton Kala bhuna is ready to serve hot with Naan or Tandoori Roti or Lachha Paratha.
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