Monday, November 7, 2011

Marinated Mutton Chops - My Mum's Recipe

         I loved celebrated days at home. We would eat traditional foods like Mutton Pilaaf, Aloo Ghosht (Potato and meat Curry), Chicken Karhai ( Chicken with spices and tomatoes), Korma (meat cooked in yogurt), Roghni naan (Bread baked with butter), Haleem (Meat cooked with lentils, and oats in delicious spice). 
          Living in a different country from Canada, as kids we were always fascinated by western style food like, steak, roasted chicken, and the sides  always looked so different and yummy. Our mum would make different cuisine just for us to give us that western food feel. I remember my first pizza in Pakistan, my mom used mozza cheese which she got from a speciality store. My brother and I were so excited and kept saying mum its like Ninja Turtle cheese (stringy)
          One of my favourite dinners inspired by roasted styled dinners was the leg of mutton/mutton chops with fried potatoes and peas. with a Russian salad which I cooked for Nabeel recently :) and it was a hit!!

750 gms mutton chops (beef chops, or leg of lamb)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1/4 cinnomon powder
1 tbsp garam masala (Grind, 4 cloves, 1/2 black cardimum, 4 green cardimum, 1 tsp whole cumin, 1 tsp black pepper)
1/2 cup Yoghurt
2 tbsp of ginger and garlic paster.

Clean the chops and take away excessive fat, wash the meat with vinegar and and cold water to take away the gamy smell of the mutton. Marinate the meet in spices, garlic/ginger paste and yoghurt. The mutton needs to marinate at least for 4 hours. I always keep it in the fridge overnight. 

To cook it,put 1 tbsp oil in a non stick pot, transfer all the meat and marinate in it and cover it. The meat cooks  for an hour and forty five minutes on low heat. (You can cook this in a slow cooker as well).

Serve it with small fried potatoes, fried peas in salt and pepper, garlic bread or rice pilaf.

  •  (If you don't eat too much spice , decrease the amount of black pepper and cayenne pepper in the marinate)
  • (You can also substitute yogurt with vinegar if you find the roast too heavy)
  • You can also after steam roasting can broil the chops to brown them.


  1. Looks delish mehru...will def give it a try!!

  2. Thanks Verda, btw the top picture is of roast with vinegar and has been broiled after.