Wednesday, June 9, 2010

JUNGLIE MEAT ( with Vege option)

Sounds scary? Not at all, this recipe is for the people who are stranded in a jungle in their hunting trip. This recipe is taken from the book of Maharaja Digvijay Singh of Sailana. I am yet to come across a book better than this one dealing in Royal dishes. I have only two cook books, "THE COOKING DELIGHTS OF THE MAHARAJAS " by HH Digvijay Singh and " THE CALCUTTA COOK BOOK " by Minakakshie, Bunny and Jaya ( Penguin books). I shall talk more about Calcutta cook book when I publish a recipe.
 Maharaja explains in his book " As the name suggests, this is a recipe for the stranded Shkaris ( hunters) . It has only 5 ingredients, meat, ghee or oil, salt, whole red chili and water. These can be available in the remotest village in India. With this method one can cook meat, games, fowl or even potatoes."
This is the only recipe in the book , which doesn't have any measurement, the Maharaja rightly says " If you are stranded in a jungle , you cant measure and may not get the spices you would like to use. These are the minimum ingredients  you would get."
To cut the long story short , this dish has been a party dish for last 2 decades for especial people and that too cooked on special request. It has been a great hit.
Imagine a dish devoid of all smells of spices but with a a flavour new to you, then try this ....else dont spoil the meat.
I don't want you to have the trouble of scratching  your scalp, and think of how much ingredients to use. ( There is  hardly any though). So I will give the quantities I used. After the 1st attempt, you adjust the quantity like a stranded junglieeee.
THE RECIPE: As mentioned earlier, there is no spice. The aroma comes from the fried meat, chili.and ghee. There will be no gravy, but a little coating of the juice coming out of meat and dried red chili.There will be no trace of the aroma of onion, garlic, garam masala and all, which we are familiar with.
INGREDIENTS
1. Meat 500gms ,  I am using here vertebra ( chaps) and lower portion of the neck of goat. You can use lamb or thin slices of boneless meat. ( beef will do too) . Meat is generally tasteless if cooked without bone .


2. Dry red chili whole 12 No. ( you can use less hot ones.I use rasampati red chilis, which is reasonably  hot)


3. Ghee 5 tbsp, ( 75 to 100 ml (more the merrier ) ( you can use oil, but the taste will be different but, good) 
4, salt to taste
5 Water as needed.
THE PROCESS.
Wash the meat
Heat ghee in a thick bottom pan, add meat and stir fry for 10 minutes, sprinkle water to prevent burn out.
Add  salt and the red chili , stir and mix.


Sprinkle water from time to time, so that it doesn't get burnt or boiling in excess water.
When the meat is tender, dry out so that ghee comes out .


Eat as a starter or with paratha, Kulcha, Bhatura  or rice.


 CAUTION.. The taste is radically different from all the meat dishes we know. If you think it is too bland , don't make this dish.
VARIATION
I have tried it with sliced Potato, very nice. If you try with Paneer, let me know before I try.


Cinque Terre for my friends 
Manarola village and station , Cinque Terre , Italy

30 comments:

Preeti Kashyap said...

The train station looks so pretty and the dish is so simple and yumm!

Sharmila said...

How logical ... if you are stranded in a jungle you may not get spices. So that is how it is called junglee meat. I have eaten jungli fowl at the Hyatt and Radisson .. but they are not even close to this one.
I love such rustic dishes. :-)
Aha .. jodi ektu mutton khete petam.

Subhashini said...

Since I am veg I loved your option for potatoes and paneer

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

I am sure every meat lover will enjoy this dish..but for me I've to stick with the potatoes or Paneer...Thanks for sharing this uniqe dish...

Babli said...

Junglie meat..naam ta oshadharon laglo. Dekhteo durdanto hoyechhe r eto sundor bhabe step by step lobhoniyo chhobi diyechhen je ekhoni khete ichhe korchhe. Shudhu darun recipe noi r tar shathe Italy r chhobi dekhe monbhore gelo.

simply.food said...

Being aveggie I wont comment on the meat dish but will certainly keep in mind the idea of using potatoes instead.Nice vacation clicks.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

wow - lovely new one...

Gouri Guha said...

This dish is simple in all its simplicity.
Nice pic.

nandini said...

The simplicilty of this dish is interesting. Since it is no loaded with any masala, i am sure it will be light and full of flavour from the meat which sometimes gets lost in a regular gravy. Thanks for the recipe, will try it soon.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Last year I tried janglee meat preparation but that had onions in it. Kintu etar plus point holo with only 5 ingredients you can enjoy this with porotas. Red chillies er jonne rang ta darun hoyeche dekhte. ami aage alpo quantity niye baniye dekhbo. Very unique dish
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Nandini said...

I thought it was meat from the wild. Heh! My dad would drool his mouth off right now. The dish is really lovely!

Pravs said...

looks simple and good.Nice shot of the train station.

Kanchan said...

The name and The pic too both seem "Total Out of the Box "... would love to try these ... and its so simple so will obviously this is a TO DO !

PreeOccupied said...

So simple and sounds exotic. I will try this Kaku!

Life is beautiful!!! said...

These kind of preparation without anz masala items brings out the real taste of meat. Lovely !!!

Devasena Hariharan said...

the first pic looks exciting..different and exotic..

I think they will cook from any available meat in the jungle..

shahana said...

Wat an easy way to prepare meat on a lazy day.Thanks for the recipe.

Jiboombaa said...

good option to prepare this when left out with other spice ingredients. Meat lovers will definitely love it.

Nice picture of the ocean and train.

Malar Gandhi said...

Shikar(hunted)khana sounds fabulous...what sounds good to me? the simplicity - just 5 basic ingredients...quintessential chilies...guess,just any game can be done this way. Will keep this in my mind next time.

I am good, have been traveling a lot these days. Hope everything is fine at ur end, as well:)

knk said...

not only this your other blogs al so very nice

knk said...

wow delicious meet curry looks very nice i love non-veg,
thanks for lovely recipe , i am so happy now tomorrow i will prepare meat curry


thank you

happy weekend

Dolly said...

Wow Ushnisda..this dish is simply awesome..just because it has so few ingredients..5 to be specific..It turned out great ..so I guess Less is more is true..I did enjoy ur beautiful scenic pictures of the Naukuchia lake in the last post as well..Also enjoyed the Cinque terre click..You seem to be having a great time..Enjoy it and regards to ur SOMEONE..Thanks for visiting my space(blog)..I'm lagging a bit in blog hopping..so as u once mentioned in one of ur prev post prior to ur trip to Europe..pls guys donot delete me from ur list..I feel the same TOO...As usual great to see you back..

Jiboombaa said...

Thanks for your great comments at my blog. Hope you tried Spanish Omelette with added garlic.

PJ said...

I think I will try Junglie potato and tofu [ie after I get back home!]Thanks for sharing such an exquisite recipe..

Chetana Suvarna Ganatra said...

Ushnishji...wat a fantastic recipe...simplicity the mother of all..isn't it.
Like the idea of only 5 ingds...i always beleive the simpler the food the tastier it is...however the most difficult to appeal.
Shikar ka khana sounds too cool...feels like a queen myself if served. N with soo many chillies..do we need any other spices.
Cheers.

Pari said...

I have read the recipe and as u have suggested tried that with potato, but this was ages back, I must make it again, tofu or soya chunks seems a good idea.

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Great recipe with less ingredients.looks so tempting and yummy!

Dershana said...

would love to try this with potatoes ushnish da :-) how have you been?

Gauri Gharpure said...

it is as simple as simple gets!

sangeeta said...

i have to make it as your picture is so tempting.
had heard about it but never had.
i will make it with ghee..