Seyal Gosht (Meat Slow Cooked in Onions and Yogurt)


  • 850 gm onions, chopped
  • 450 gm tomatoes
  • 300 ml yogurt
  • 2 cups coriander leaves
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 kg mutton
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 6 green cardamoms
  • 1 blade of mace
  • 2” piece of cinnamon stick
  • 12 peppercorns
  • 6 cloves
  • 130 ml oil
  • 6 tsp chopped garlic
  • 6 tsp chopped ginger
  • 4.5 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp green cardamom powder

Method –

  1. Purée the onions in a blender and set aside
  2. Purée the tomatoes and set aside
  3. Purée the yogurt, coriander leaves and green chillies. Marinate the meat in this mixture for at least 1 hour
  4. Heat half the oil in a cooking pot, add the onion purée and cook over a moderate heat for 20 minutes so that some of the moisture evaporates
  5. Meanwhile, put the remaining oil with the whole spices in a frying pan over low heat
  6. After 2 minutes, add ginger and garlic, followed 2 minutes later with the coriander, cumin, turmeric and red chilli powders together with 3 tbsp of water
  7. Stir well to blend with the oil
  8. Sauté for 2 minutes, then pour in the onion mixture
  9. Add the puréed tomatoes and sauté for about 5 minutes
  10. Leave to cool, then add the meat and yogurt and marinate for 1 more hour
  11. Add salt and mix well
  12. Cook over a high heat for 5 minutes.
  13. Reduce the heat to low and gently cook until the meat is tender
  14. Before serving, discard the whole spices, pound the caraway seeds and sprinkle with the cardamom powder

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