Thursday, February 21, 2008

Kolhapuri Tambda Rassa

Thanks Pooja V. for encouraging me to blog about Tambda Rassa and Pandhra Rassa. The recipes change from the household to household in every corner of India or for that matter, the whole world. Both these recipes were given to me (along with a generous pouch of homemade Kolhapuri Masala) by my friend, Nilima who is originally from Kolhapur but now lives in Mumbai.

I hope you find some fiery lavangi mirchi and equally fiery or zanzanit Kolhapuri masala for making this hot hot hot curry.

Before I forget, "Tambda" means color red.

Kolhapuri Tambda Rassa


2.2 lb or 1 kg Mutton/Chicken
3 big Onions, chopped
Salt to taste


2-3 tbsp Kolhapuri Masala (or more if you dare!)

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 cup yogurt

Grind to a fine paste

1 bunch Coriander leaves

1/2 cup dry Coconut

1/2 cup fresh coconut

1" ginger

4-5 cloves garlic

3-5 lavangi mirchis (or more!)

1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
9 peppercorns

1. Clean and cut the mutton into small pieces. Marinate with Kolhapuri masala, turmeric powder and yogurt. Refrigerate overnight.
2. Heat oil. Add onions and fry well till it is almost red.
3. Add mutton and fry again
4. Add salt. Stir fry again
5. Now cover the vessel with a lid. Keep water onto the lid
6. When on the lid starts boiling, add that water into the vessel, add more water on the lid.

7. Repeat till the mutton is slow-cooked.
8. Now add the ground paste.
9. Let it come to rolling boil. Switch the gas to low. Simmer for 15 minutes.

10. Switch off the gas. Cover with the lid tightly. Keep aside for at least 15 minutes.

11. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

12. Serve with chapatis or bhakris, cut onions and lemon wedges.

Note -

1. Though not traditional, I sometimes add big chunks of potatoes in the above curry.

2. Traditionally, at my friend's home - this curry is served in 2 separate containers. One katori/remekin is full of just curry and the second katori/remekin is full of just mutton.

If you are looking for chicken Kolhapuri sookha, click here.

Check out Jyotsna's version of Kolhapuri Mutton.

Check out Asha's version of Kolhapuri Egg Curry.


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