From most of the food bloggers, I have heard this….cooking is simple and clicking is tricky job at times. I too believe in that statement. When you plan ahead what to cook or cooking on routine you know what to make and you can make it within no time. But clicking sometimes involves so much time….starting from what bowl to use, what background to choose, what props will go in the shoot, styling, light, angles and much more. You can do all this when you have plenty of time in hand……which is not always possible…..sometimes you may be running out of time or sometimes you feel very lazy to take out props and most of the times, an hungry soul(s) waits for the dish to arrive on the table. But it is not always bowls, backgrounds and props that makes the picture look appealing…..there are some recipes or way of styling which can look good in there own way.
Today’s post is such an example, just a white bowl and a mat on a white background….simple styling and no props make these pictures look appealing. Play with the colours in the recipe….Fresh coriander leaves not only adds extra flavour to the recipe but also imparts contrast beauty to the recipe…..So it is not always fancy props or textured backgrounds….that makes the food look good…sometimes play simple to feel the change as change is always refreshing and good. Coming to the recipe, it is one of my all time favourite recipe. I like tangy and sour tasting recipes more than sweet and savoury. Today’s recipe is perfect blend of tangy and spicy flavours. Tangy taste coming from tomatoes and tamarind when gets mixed up with Indian spices gives the tender meat an appetizing and tangy taste. Scroll to check the recipe…..
Tamatar Gohst Ka Khatta Salan
- ½ Kg. Lamb meat with bones
- ½ Kg. Ripe Tomatoes, de-seed and sliced
- 1 big Onion, sliced
- 100 ml Tamarind juice (see notes)
- 2 tbsp. Red chili powder
- ½ tbsp. Turmeric powder
- ½ tbsp. Coriander powder
- 1 tbsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
- 1-2 Green chilies slit length-wise
- 1 tbsp. fresh minced coriander
- Mix cleaned and washed lamb meat with bones. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and ginger-garlic paste to the bones and set aside for 10-15 minutes. Pressure cook until the meat turn soft and tender by adding 1 cup of water.
- In the mean time, in a heavy bottom cooking vessel add oil and fry onions till translucent. Now add sliced tomatoes along with green chilies and fry till they turn soft. Now add tamarind juice along with 1-2 cups of water. Cook till you get desired consistency. (Consistency should be bit watery like stew).
- Add coriander powder and check for salt. Garnish with fresh minced coriander leaves and serve with steamed white rice or bread.
- Last but not least add your ‘love’ to make the dish ‘YUMMY’.
- The most common way of making tamarind juice is by soaking lemon size ball of tamarind in water for 15-30 minutes and extracting the juices by squeezing it with your hand.
- If you are in hurry then you can even soak tamarind in hot water for 5-10 minutes and extract the juice.
- If you in super hurry or like me who forgets to soak tamarind most of the times then you can place the tamarind in microwave safe bowl without water for 1 minute. By doing this tamarind will be soft and then add water and squeeze out the juice.
- Depending on the recipe, the usage of tamarind differs. Here I soaked lemon sized tamarind in water and extracted juice by gently squeezing the tamarind. I collected ½ cup of the juice and placed rest of the tamarind in the fridge in a fridge container to use later.
You are so right. Clicking drinks makes me even more scared. Love the second click very much.
The picture looks delicious. Should think of a way to make it into a vegetarian dish. It may not have the same flavour though…
Hamaree Rasoi says
I have never added tamarind juice while cooking mutton. Your description is tempting me to try it next time. What a rich and vibrant red curry !!
Paaka Shaale says
The curry looks so yum!!! Beautifully presented 🙂
Looks so delicious …the gravy having such nice colour …
Am yet to learn more about food photography Lubna, Curry looks absolutely droolworthy and definitely fingerlicking.
Lubna Karim says
Thank you girls for the lovely words…
Radha – You can substitute meat with potato pieces…will be a flavorsome recipe….
Hamaree Rasoi – Adding tamarind juice will give nice tangy taste to the mutton…try it you will love it…
Sharmilee! :) says
Looks yum yumm
Spice up the Curry says
curry looks awesome. so delicious
Happy Cook / Finla says
I love mutton and it looks delicious, pity we don't get mutton here.
For me taking pics depends on the weather as the weather is always dark. I do agree i enjoy the cooking part but taking pics i have to start taking the props etc….if i had a room just for my photograph projects then it would have been wonderfuL
I always don't have enough time to take the pics leisurely,always in a hurry to take the pics and feed the kids.The pics i take when i am not in hurry comes out very well.So i don't plan much before clicking.
Curry looks wonderful and i am sure the would be similar to chinta chiguru mutton.I make chicken with tamarind pulusu.
We don't eat mutton only when i go India. This one looks very tempting and tamarind is new with mutton.
Looks very delicious… love the pics, simplicity at the best!!
Kannada Cuisine says
Feels like u are telling my story 🙁 cooking easy, clicking very difficult! The meat curry looks very good. I do not eat meat nor cook meat all that much, but I somehow feel vegetarian good is more camera friendly than meats and stuff. But this one looks very good. You always get it right my dear, keep it going !!
Suja Manoj says
Can't stop drooling,looks so yummy..love the clicks..
One of my favorites!
The dish loks awesome.. its been a long time since I cooked mutton. Your pictures made me crave some 🙂
Home Cooked Oriya Food says
love the clicks… I can eat it off the screen… mutton is my favorite….
Super appealing and tasty one !!
Swathi Iyer says
I won't eat meat, but the picture looks delicious.
This looks so delicious, I just want to grab a naan and start digging in.. I am not much fan of mutton but I have bookmarked this recipe to make it with chicken.. Do you think it will be as good?
I love the native theme and the simplicity of the shot. I am sure this will be a delightful dish to share with the whole family. Thanks!
Looks yummy. love the clicks. very pretty as always 🙂
Shanky Jindal says
Lubna Karim says
Happy Cook – I too feel the same most of the times…as i get completely tired after photo shoot…
I never made chicken with tamarind…sounds yum…
Kannada Cuisine – May be bcoz of the colors and textures vegetarian food looks more appetizing in clicks than non-vegetarian…
Zee – You can give it a try….do let me know how it turned out…
Thank you to all the people who left the comments…
After all that planning I get frustrated when I do not get the desired results. Lovely clicks as always and a great recipe too.
Only Fish Recipes says
what a delicious preparation….drooling over the pics dear 🙂
making it this weekend..! looks delicious..
Wow! this curry looks very inviting
.. u done very well.
aah,tell me all about it. Food blogger's job is not at all easy. As you said, planning and clicking needs all the time in the world :)This looks too good and as always neat clicks
Deeps @ Naughty Curry says
love the pics… that mat gives it such a rustic appeal
Leena JD says
that red curry looks soo delicious! a must try for me!
Priyanka Agrawal says
lubna, i love how ur dishes look and how the blog has evolved! hats off to u dear!
Your recipe sounds wonderful, mouth-watering curry! Beautiful clicks as always!
I just found your blog through the DMBLGiT roundup. I am so glad I discovered it – you have so many beautiful recipes! You have a new fan :-).
I would like to invite you to share this post (and other posts 🙂 ) on a new photo based recipe sharing site that launched this month. The idea is simple: all recipe photographs are published within minutes of submission. And, of course, the images link back to the author's site.
It's called RecipeNewZ (with Z) – http://recipenewz.com
I hope you get a chance to visit and to share some of your delicious posts with our viewers. It would be a pleasure to have you on board 🙂