For the kebabs :
900g very finely minced mutton
2 teaspoons fennel powder (saunf)
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger powder
1 1/2 teaspoons red chilli powder
6 large black cardamoms
1 tablespoon oil
For the gravy :
5 tablespoons whole milk yoghurt
6 tablespoons oil
2 1" (5-cm) cinnamon stick
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons Kashmiri chilli powder
2 tablespoons ginger powder
1. To make the kebabs, mince or process the lamb once more until it is
2. Mix the fennel and ginger powders.
Remove the seeds from the cardamoms and pound until crushed. Mix all the spices with the
minced lamb in a bowl. Add the oil, salt to taste (about 3/4 of a teaspoon) and the egg
and mix well.
3. Keep a bowl of warm water handy to dip
your hands into when making the kebabs. Take a handful of the minced meat, about the size
of a lime, and roll it to a 3-inch (7.5-cm) long kebab. Place on a flat dish or tray. You
will get about 30 kebabs which, when cooked, will shrink to a 2-in (5-cm) length.
4. To make the gravy, whisk the yoghurt and
5. Take a cooking pot with a diameter of
atleast 10-12" (25-30cm) - it can be a shallow one - into which the kebabs will fit
without breaking. Heat the oil in the pot over a low heat. Add the cloves and cinnamon
first, then after a minute or so add the tomatoes. Fry until the liquid from the tomatoes
has almost evaporated.
6. Add the chilli powder and fry for a
minute, then put in the yoghurt. Stir continuously over low fire to prevent the yoghurt
from curdling. Add the fennel and ginger powders, season with salt and cook for 5 minutes,
stirring all the time.
7. Add 5 cups hot water and bring to the
boil. Very gently lay in the kebabs one at a time. Leave to cook for about 20 minutes over
a low heat. A lot of the water will be absorbed by the kebabs. Do not stir once the kebabs
are put into the pot. If the gravy needs to be stirred, hold both sides of the pot and
rock it gently.
8. Taste and add more salt if necessary,
mixing it first with water and pouring it into the pan in various places. You will know
when the dish is totally ready as oil will rise to the top of the gravy.
If the kebab curry is to be reheated before
serving, remove from the heat just as the oil begins to rise to the surface and set aside.
Then reheat gently for 5-7 minutes, before serving..