Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lamb meat cooked with Liver, New potatoes and Green peas

I have heard about some fruits being used as meat tenderizer like kiwi, pineapple or green papaya. Personally I have never used them so far, and the ones who read this blog regularly you know that well. So, I never knew if it is going to work in favor for this recipe or not. I was little apprehensive before I made this lamb and lamb liver semi dry /“sukha” fried curry, but to be honest it is one of the best recipes made so far, for lamb meat. I had some unripe kiwi lying in the fruit basket and I was wondering how should I fix it, other than kiwi pie or kiwi cheesecake, so came up with this recipe with lamb meat.

The tanginess of kiwi gelled very much with spices,lamb steak and lamb liver pieces and top it all the flavour new potatoes and "hara matar" –green peas have imparted, we knew it this was heading into a delicious preparation. Addition of curry patta and coconut powder added that southern Indian rustic touch, and then addition of black peppercorn did the hammering trick. You can say pepper mutton is dressed up even more to yield a new flavor, something kind of an add-on and it looks like it’s a match made in heaven- sorry a match made in my kitchen – an idea can change a life or in this case a recipe.

Here is recipe for lamb steak piece with lamb liver,potatoes and green peas my humble first attempt at including kiwi in everyday Indian cooking. And yes the lamb steak pieces were cooked little early. This is a ‘sukha”/dry preparation enough to have it with roti…..

Lamb meat cooked with lamb liver, new potatoes, Kiwi and green peas-Mutton aur Kaleji aloo matar (When north meets up with south-jab they met)
Recipe requirements( measurements are approx) 

  • 3 lamb steaks- roughly about 400 Gms
  • Lamb liver- about 200 Gms
  • 1 large cup of green peas fresh or frozen what ever is available
  • 2 large purple onions
  • 4-5 fat clove of garlic
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • About a handful of curry leaves/curry patta
  • ½ cup of coconut powder
  • 2-3 medium size new potatoes (as this is in season now) cut into big chunks or use baby new potatoes
  • ½ cup of yogurt
  • 1 kiwi or 2 kiwi fruits

For tempering and Seasonings

  • 2 -3 cloves
  • 2-3 small green cardamoms
  • 10-12 black peppercorn
  • 1 tsp of red pepper powder
  • ½ tsp of turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp of freshly crushed black peppercorn
  • 2 tsp of coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of cardamom powder
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp of salt or as per taste
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 7-8 tbs of mustard oil

1.-.Make a marinade sauce with – yogurt+red pepper powder+salt+half of the quantity of mustard oil and finely chopped kiwi ( take the skin off) . Now rub this sauce over lamb steak pieces very well and keep it aside for 1-2 hrs.If you wish you can cut steak pieces further into small portions. If you are fine with the crunch of tiny kiwi seeds then add the whole kiwi or you may take out the pith and discard all the seeds and in that case I do think please use two kiwi fruits.

2.-You can skip yogurt at this time and add on later when all the spices have blended well with lamb pieces...It would be nice if you can do the marination overnight if using lamb meat with bones or any other red-meat.
3.-Grate ginger after peeling off the skin and do the same with garlic. We have used grated garlic and ginger rather than paste for this recipe. Chop onion very finely. Grating garlic and ginger releases fresh juices which adds up to the flavor and more the stir/fry is less hard working.

4.-Now heat up mustard oil in a big enough pan/kadai etc and fry the potatoes so that they just start turning barely brown. Take out and drain. Now that oil itself, temper this with cloves, green cardamom, pepper corn, ginger and garlic. Add in curry patta.When garlic+ginger has turned towards little brownish, add in finely chopped onions. Add in sugar and keep on stir/fry it.

5.-Add in dry spice ingredients- turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and fresh crushed black peppercorn. Keep on stir/fry till onions shrinks and becomes evenly fried and reddish-brown. I have used home-made and grounded coriander powder and cumin powder, and cardamom +cinnamon powder not the ready-made spice packets.

6.-Now add the marinated lamb steak pieces. Add in green peas. Add in half a cup of water. Mix and stir well. Add in coconut powder, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder and let it bhuno/stir/fry for 15-20 mints.
7.-Add in lamb liver pieces. Now cover this and put the flame to medium- low. After about 20-25 mints check if it’s not stuck at the base and if required splash some more water or add quarter cup of warm water.
Lamb liver pieces are cooked by this time but the lamb steak pieces will generally require little more cooking, after about 10-15 mints switch off the flame and let it sit there. If you do not want to eat overly cooked liver pieces then add them in later stages of this preparation. Usually this gets cooked in 15-20 mints at med-low flame.

8.-Let it rest for a while before you dig into it, as resting period helps in soaking up the flavor more. I try to make this in the morning if we are having it as dinner or at least 3-4 hrs before our dinner is served. And next day it’s even more flavourful.Serve and enjoy.

If you have left-over if any, then mix in with cooked rice, it gels well with it and gives you instant lamb pilaf, or boil some pasta any shape, mix it and you have a quick Indian spice inspired pasta recipe.

Happy Cooking Friends


  1. Comfort food for winter - great post and perfect dish for the weather!

    1. Thanks Joyeeta and good to see you here....hugs and smiles

  2. Khub bhalo recipe ta Jaya ... ami green papaya use korechi ... but even though it works it leaves a watery taste that I do not like.
    Tomar eyi moshla ta darun.
    Asha kori bhalo acho. :)

    1. I haven't used green papaya so not sure how that's going to be as per end result ..ami bhalo achi and happy to see you after such a long time..but pls take care of yourself..hugs and smiles

  3. I'm big fan of unique non veg recipes,presented stuff is unique for me and i will try for it soon.

  4. I love lamb dishes but till now i don't like is liver, my GP always says to me eat liver and red meat as I am chrinically short of iron. But i just take iron tablets. This looks so good though.

    1. Yes Finla ,and that is another reason we keep rotating lamb liver in our menu ..perfect natural source of iron..but that is all personal choice...have you tried chicken liver, it is gentle and cooks fast as compared to lamb liver...hugs and smiles


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