Qorma Recipe

1 Kg mutton or chicken

4 black cardamom (Bari Ilaichi) seeds
18 green cardamom (Chhoti Ilaichi)
24 cloves (Laung)
24 whole black pepper (Kali Mirch)
8 tsp. coriander (Dhaniya) powder
250 grm. onion
1 to 1½ tsp. salt (according to taste)
1 ½ tbs. garlic (Lehsan) paste
1 tbs. ginger (Adrak) paste
250 grm. yogurt
1½ to 2 tsp. chili (Lal Mirch) powder
250 grm. ghee or oil.
1 pinch of nutmeg (Jaiphal) and mace (Javitri) powder
1 tbs. of Kewra
1 tsp. sugar


Slice the onion finely and fry in the ghee/oil on very low flame till they are golden-brown.

Remove the fried onion from the oil and keep aside. In the oil add all the spices (except the nutmeg, sugar and Kewra) with a little water to prevent burning.

Add the meat and mix well with the spices. When the water of the meat has dried, add 2-3 glasses of water (1 glass enough for chicken). By now the fried onion would have cooled and turned crisp. Crush it and add it to the pot.

Cover and cook on low flame till the meat is tender. When the meat has softened and the gravy has acquired the desired consistency, add a pinch of Nutmeg (Jaiphal) and Mace (Javitri), Kewra and sugar. Leave on very low heat (dum) for two minutes.
Serve hot with naan.
Serving: Adequate for 6 to 8 persons.

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