Today we are showcasing Mutton Dak Bungalow / Dak Bangla Mutton. Mutton dak bungalow is a goat curry recipe that uses a special blend of spices and also has potatoes cooked in the gravy.
This recipe can be traced back to the colonial times in India. ‘Dak stands for postal system.’ The letters under British Raj used to reach different post offices by horseback. Dak bungalows were circuit houses along the postal route for the administrative officials to spend nights.
There was a saying that the caretaker started cooking it as soon as he heard the sound of horses signifying that the sahib or an official was coming.
Mutton Dak Bungalow Recipe – (Serves 4)
- 1 kg mutton 1 cup Yogurt (curd/Dahi)
- 1 cup finely chopped onions
- 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
- Mustard oil
- 8 boiled baby potatoes
- 4 boiled eggs Dry
- Masalas: Jeera,Black Elaichi, Star anise, Javitri, Whole Black pepper, Nutmeg, Turmeric powder (haldi) ,Red Chilli Powder, Kashmiri mirchi, Cinnamon sticks, Akkha Daniya, Bay leaves, Salt
Step 1: Clean the Mutton and add it to a large mixing bowl, add curd, 3 teaspoon mustard oil, haldi, lal mirchi powder, Salt and mix it well. Leave to marinate for 2 hours.
Step 2: While the Mutton marinades we start on the masala, in a large pan, Roast (bhuno) the dry masala Cinnamon sticks, black elaichi, star anise, javitri, kashmiri mirchi, akkha dhaniya, nutmeg and elichi, whole black pepper.
Bhuno that well and blend it in a mixer. Add little water to make a smooth paste.
Step 3a: Heat mustard oil in a pan, once the oil is slightly hot add kashmiri mirchi, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and elichi, once the oil is hotter add the finely chopped onions and let them cook.
Step 3b: Once the onions are slightly translucent add the finely chopped tomatoes. Once the tomatoes have blended in with the onions add the (step 2) masala paste that we made, mix well.
Step 3c: Now add Haldi powder and red chilli powder, salt mix well and now add the Mutton that has been marinating for 2 hours.
Step 3D: Mix the mutton well in the masala. Let the masala coat the mutton properly. Add one glass of water and put a lid on it.
Step 4: 10 mins before serving, add the boiled eggs, when putting the eggs in the mutton make sure to poke them with a fork, this will let the juices of the mutton curry enter the eggs. At the same time add the boiled baby potatoes. Mix it well and put the lid back on.
Serve hot with Rice or naan,
So there you have it, Daak Bungla Mutton, Do try it and let us know how it turns out!