Mutton curry bunny chow with carrot salad and coriander sambal, could there be anything better? Make this local classic from scratch!
For the home-made government loaf
4 cups white bread flour
½ cup + 2 tsp sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 tsp salt
14 g instant dry yeast
1¼ cups warm milk
6 tbsp warm water
1. In a large bowl, gently mix together the flour, sugar, butter and salt. Then add the yeast.
2. Mix together the eggs, milk and water.
3. Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry and knead until everything is incorporated and the dough comes together to form a soft ball.
4. Knead for 3 minutes, adding more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if the dough feels too dry.
5. Turn the dough out and knead for another 5 minutes, until the dough is soft, smooth and elastic to the touch.
6. Transfer to a greased bowl and cover loosely with cling wrap. Allow to proof in a warm spot until it’s about doubled in size, about 1 hour.
7. Roughly shape dough into a loaf shape and place in a generously greased and lined loaf tin. Proof again for another 70–80 minutes, until dough has risen just above the top of the tin.
8. Preheat oven to 200°C.
9. Brush the top of the loaf with extra milk and bake for 25–30 minutes, until dark golden brown. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack.
For the Kashmiri mutton curry
For the marinated mutton
2 cups amasi
2 tbsp grated ginger
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp garam masala
2 kg deboned mutton cubes
For the curry
1 tsp fennel seeds
6 cardamom pods
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp grated ginger
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
3 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
1½ tsp chilli powder
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tin chopped tomatoes
5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
For the marinated mutton
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the amasi, ginger, garlic and garam masala. Season to taste.
2. Add the mutton and mix well, until fully coated.
3. Allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
For the curry
1. Toast the fennel seeds, cardamom pods and cloves in a dry pan over medium heat, until fragrant.
2. Transfer them to a grinder or mortar and pestle and grind to form a coarse powder.
3. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, until soft. Then add the ginger and garlic. Fry until fragrant.
4. Add your spice mix along with the garam masala, cumin, coriander, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, chilli powder and tomato paste. Stir well, until the onions are evenly coated in the spices.
5. Add the mutton and the marinade and toss until everything is well combined. Season well. Simmer for 10 minutes, adding extra oil if it starts looking a bit dry.
6. Add the tomatoes and cook, covered, for 30 minutes. Add the potatoes, cover and cook for another 1 hour, until the potatoes are soft and the mutton is tender. Top up with stock if the curry looks dry.
For the carrot salad
3 cups grated carrots
4 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp caster sugar
1-2 red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
¼ cup sultanas
2 tsp lemon zest
Almond flakes, toasted to serve
1. Mix together all the ingredients except for the almond flakes.
2. Serve the carrot salad with toasted almond flakes immediately.
For the coriander sambal
4 tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely chopped
4 tsp white vinegar
4 tsp sugar
1 cup coriander, chopped
Juice of ½ lemon
1. Mix together the tomatoes, onion and green chillies.
2. Whisk together the white vinegar and sugar until almost all of the sugar has dissolved. Pour over the veg and season to taste.
3. Mix in the coriander and lemon juice.
4. Cut the government loaf in half and make a hole in the open end of each half. Fill each half with the mutton curry.
5. Top your mutton curry bunny chow with carrot salad and coriander sambal.
Recipe & styling: Chiara Turilli
Photography: Samantha Pinto // HMimages.co.za
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