minched meat and kidney beans chilli caserole(mutton kheema and rajma)

A very happy new year to everybody!!!!May good fortune and happiness comes our way in plenty… having said that, the new year has started on a very hectic note for me, with very little time for myself..But then how can food and recepies stay away from a foodie who has an inherent love and passion for cooking that which is predisposed????

So then ,i start off with this most amazing combo of a protein rich dish..You can  turn this protein packed ingredients into a perfectly delectable and healthy meal.A protein enriched dish with minched mutton and red kidney beans(rajma in indian terms)….Well,if you have any misgivings of it being a blend of an unusual or an odd pair, then just leave them aside as the  scumptious taste and the juicy gravy totally engulfs your taste buds with moistness.

Well, it was one night that an invention occured with leftovers kidney beans while I craved for some lamb..And like i always mention, red meat doesnt frequently see my kitchen arsenal for fear of attracting cholestrol, however off late i have been getting this crazy craving for mutton.

While i searched for mutton , i found minched meat stacked in the shelves of the food store that I frequent most often..And so it was mutton kheema that i proposed to have for dinner with hot piping phulkas(indian bread)..That’s how it is most liked by me.

But soon i realised ,I had soaked red kidney beans for dinner and couldnt let it go waste.

So the best solution was to make a combination of mutton and kidney beans into a healthy meal.Too full of protein yes, but on a said particular day ,i guess its ok..My mom freaked, infact shrieked almost on the call as i told her excitedly about my invention..Alas, in one sec, i realised that maybe its not a great an idea coz as  mommy said; both mutton and kidney beans are protein rich and too much of protein in a meal isnt that great for your system.But anyways the kind of a small eater that i am ,it is ok by my standards.
Also , what’s being a good cook if there in no creativity ?So then I set myself to make a wonderful,  gloriously aroma filled yumilicious casserole. But not until pinky( +Sangeeta Sharma );my cousin enlightened  me about the existence of such a dish  internationally which is most often cooked with beef.

Not a beef eater, honestly i know not much about beef recipes and have never tried..As I surfed around, yes i realised that beef and kidney beans chilli is somewhat close to my dish ,albeit a difference in the cooking style and the spices used..

Very simple yet similar in style..The kidney beans and mutton itself has its own taste while i added potatoes to it for a thicket consistency.Actually i didnt have any pans, and whatever came onto my hands just went into the pot of hot oil.The ground mutton, kidney beans, potatoes and cheese with chilli is anyways a super combo,,the juice percolating of the spice and the mix of these ingredients is absolutely awesome

Ingredients:

minched meat- 500 gms
red kidney beans(Rajma)- 1 cup soaked overnight
tomato sauce-2 to 3 tablespoons
onions-1 large chopped
garlic ginger paste-1 tsp
parmesan and mozarella cheese-half cup
tomatoes-1 large chopped
parsely-few
oregano-few
black pepepr-1 tsp
red chillies-3to 4
coriander powder-1 1/2 tsp
milk-1/4th cup
water-as desired for the gravy
oil-1 tbsp
Potatoes(optional)- 1large chopped
cumin powder- 1 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
lime/vinegar- 1 tsp
cardamon-3 to 4
cinammon-1 large stick
cloves-6 to 7
cheese slices- 2
salt-as per taste
Green chillies- 2
Bay leaves- 1
Breadcrumbs(optional)- 1/4th cup

Method:

  • In a large pot/pan,spoon in the oil and let it warm. Drop the bay leaves, cardamon, cloves, cinamon ,red chillies and cumin seeds. Once they sputter add the onions and ginger garlic paste and fry until the onions are translucent.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes ,turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin and coriander powder and fry for a while.
  • Now add the soaked kidney beans ,potatoes if using and mutton and fry well with tomato sauce and milk..Add black pepper , parsely, oregano at this stage.If required you can add a bit of garam masala too, since mutton needs a lot of spices to mellow down its smell
  • Add cheese slices and fry for a few minutes .Add little water, salt and convert the pot and let it cook under low flame
  • Alternatively, if you are suing the pressure cooker(that’s what i used),close the lid ,let the cooker whistle once and put it on low flame for 20-25 minutes until done.
  • Open the lid, add in the lime juice ,stir a little and  transfer the dish to a greased baking dish and top with cheese and breadcrumbs.Let it bake for about 10-15 minutes for the cheese to melt and the crust to harden.
  • Plz note that the baking process is used only for the melting effect of the cheese and the crunchiness of the breadcrumbs if used.The dish is a little liquidish and a gravy in itself ,hence do not expect it to dry up during the baking process

Absolutely warm ,and delicous, with a feiry taste of the black pepper and chillies, the mutton and cheese gives out a classic taste that which is unmatched..The slight juice that pours out is best relished with your bread or indian rotis., not to mention that rice compliments it very well too mostly for us Indians..Being a rice eater , i gorged the dish with rice for dinner..For me its mostly rice for dinner while i skip it during the day, hence ,a delightful virtuous dish that scores very high on my own level of cooking style. While on the baking part, its your take really, how you choose to decor it ..Either you bake or dont,  either ways its yummy..I baked it just for about 10 minutes only for the crust to develop a crunchy taste and the cheese to melt..While it is slightly juicy,the melting cheese does not bring in the baked taste really,a and its almost like a gravy..A virtuous gravy that is rich, healthy,yummy and brings a warm smile to your face..

 

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