Mutton Dalcha


I love red meat. Love it’s own deep flavour which I find missing in chicken. I had ordered meat online and butterfingers led to 2 orders instead of 1. So, I had quarter a kilo of mutton (lamb) sitting in my freezer for a week which needed to be cooked now!! So, a Sunday morning saw me sifting through my collection of recipes looking for something interesting and more importantly, doable. I didn’t want to get out to buy the ingredients. So, here is my recipe for Mutton Dalcha.

Serves 4


Chana Dal                                                          300 gms

Lamb (diced)                                                     250 gms

Ginger (finely chopped)                                  1 inch

Garlic cloves (finely chopped)                        6

Green chillies (chopped)                                  2

Cinnamon (powdered)                                     1 inch stick

Cardamom powder                                           2 tsps

Onions (finely chopped and fried crisp)       2

Onion (finely chopped)                                     1

Lime juice                                                            1 whole lime

Coriander powder                                              1 tsp

Red chilli powder                                                1 tsp

Turmeric powder                                                1/2 tsp

Groundnut/Olive oil                                            3 tbsp

Salt                                                                          To taste



  1. Wash and soak the dal for 30 mins.
  2. Add a pinch of turmeric, pressure cook it.
  3. Mash once cool and keep aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the chopped onions, fry till brown and then add the ginger, garlic and chillies, followed by the mutton.
  5. Stir till the mutton browns and oil separates.
  6. Add remaining turmeric, coriander and chilli powder and stir for 2 minutes.
  7. Add water just enough to cover the mutton and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  8. Once cooled, add the mashed dal, fried sliced onions, cinnamon and cardamom powder, lime juice and salt.
  9. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  10. Serve hot with rice.

Get ready for a day of gluttony.


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