As soon as I saw Sadaf’s and Aiza’s post last month, I couldn’t resist taking the plunge into this awesome group called Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Cooking Club. Staying in an Arab country, I would love to try as much as Arab recipes in my kitchen. For this month, our host is Maryam and the chosen country for the month is Iraq. We were given a few choices from which we had to choose and make. This is the recipe that caught my attention. In fact, the stew which combines mutton and okra is not unique to Iraq, however every country has their own version with some variations. The link given was this one and I went hunting around Google for more links. I found that most the recipes had variations, depending upon their family preferences. I made it this way, mixing and matching whatever I could find, so it is definitely not an authentic version! The end result was really delicious. The whole family loved it, my B and I carried it over for lunch to office to enjoy it again. I served it with this delicious Middle Eastern turmeric rice.
- 750 gm mutton, large pieces with bone
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, deskinned
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1½ packet (135 gm) tomato paste
- 400 gm pack frozen okra (small ones)
- 1 tbsp red chilli flakes
- Wash the mutton well. Mix with turmeric powder, paprika powder and salt and set aside for 15 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the mutton and cook for 10 minutes till it turns whitish.
- Add a cup of water and the garlic clove and cook on high for 5 whistles. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
- Open the lid and switch on the flame. Add in the tomato and the paste and cook on low flame for 10 minutes.
- Now add the okra along with the chilli flakes and mix well. Close the lid and cook on high flame for two whistles. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
- Serve warm with plain rice! Or like I did, with some Egyptian Yellow Rice.
2. You can increase the tomatoes and reduce the paste. I did not have much tomatoes on hand, so added more paste.
3. My stew was thick. Add more water for a watery stew.