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Matka Gosht Recipe like Kunna, Punjabi Matka Gosht Recipe

Matka Gosht – Father’s Day Special
Sumit Malhotra

Matka Gosht Recipe, like Kunna or Punjabi Matka Gosht Recipe

This Father’s Day I wanted to do something special for Dad. Knowing his penchant for well made mutton, I decided to cook Matka Gosht. Matka gosht is also known as “kunna” which means a round clay pot in Punjabi. The origins of this dish have been traced to a village called Chiniot. Chiniot is located near Lahore in Punjab province of Pakistan. However, suitable changes have been made to the traditional recipe to suit our palate.

The more distinct element of this Matka Gosht is its unique aroma that gets imbibed due to the clay pot cooking. There is a distinct earthy scent and a delicate texture to this matka gosht or kunna. The cooking process is definitely slow but the end result is surely worth the wait. Most recipes traditionally use limited masalas. However, I braised the meat in a lot of whole masalas (khada masala or whole spices) and added potatoes to it also just the way Dad likes his meat dish to be. Dad was really happy with the results. Hope you will be too.

Indicative timelines for making Matka Gosht Recipe; Punjabi Matka Gosht Recipe

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 2.5 Hours
  • Cooking Gizmos: Round clay pot with lid or “Matka”
  • Servings: 2-3

Stuff you need for Matka Gosht Recipe; Punjabi Matka Gosht Recipe

what goes in?what kinds?how much?
Ghee1/8th Cup
Canola Oil1/8th Cup
Cardamom4 No.
Cinnamon2 Inches
Black Pepper Corns1 Teaspoon
Bay Leaves2 No.
OnionsPulsed2 Nos. – Medium
Ginger GarlicPaste2 Tablespoons
MuttonOn the bone – leg or shoulder1/2 Kg
Coriander Powder2 Teaspoon
Red Chili Powder1 Teaspoon
Turmeric Powder1/2 Teaspoon
Salt1/2 Teaspoon (correct to taste)
YoghurtHomemade & well beaten400 grams
Green ChilliesFresh & sliced5 Nos.
PotatoesQuartered2 Nos. – Medium
FlourKneaded into a dough2 Cups

Process to make Matka Gosht; Punjabi Matka Gosht Recipe

  1. Take a clay pot with a lid and clean it properly. To season a clay pot for cooking it is essential that Immerse your pot in water and soak it for 2 hours. Remove and dry it, and then rub the entire surface with a clove of cut garlic and coat any unglazed surface (normally only the bottom of the pot) with olive oil. This closes any open pores and retains the moisture inside. I used a clay pot in which a huge portion of Biryani was delivered to me by Biryani by Kilo. So it was already seasoned.
  2. Heat the ghee and canola oil combo on high flame and add all dry masalas including, cardamom, cinnamon, black peppercorns, and bay leaves.
  3. Once they crackle add the onions and fry till light brown. Add ginger and garlic paste and brown till oil starts separating.
  4. Add the mutton and stir well for a couple of minutes. Add the powdered masalas including coriander, red chilli and turmeric powders as well as salt. We will check and correct the salt towards the end.
  5. Fry the masalas for about 7-8 minutes or till they are fragrant. Bring the heat to low.
  6. Add the yogurt and give it a mix and add the quartered potatoes.
  7. Cover the top of the matka or round clay pot with the kneaded flour making a circle till both ends meet. Cover with the lid and roll part of the dough over the lid to seal it. (check the visual process).
  8. This will now slow cook for about 2 hours on slow heat.
  9. Remove from fire. Rest it for about 10 minutes, correct the salt if needed
  10. Serve with tandoori roti, naan or basmati rice.

Visual Process for making Matka Gosht; Punjabi Matka Gosht Recipe

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