Chef’s Nectar, ” Mutton Burra Kebeb”

Mutton Burra Kebab

Ingredients for making the Mutton Burra Kebab

  • 8 pcs (120g each) mutton chops
  • 25 gms onions
  • 8 gms ginger
  • 6 gms garlic
  • 30 gms papaya
  • 15 gms lime juice
  • 10 gms salt
  • 3 gms black salt
  • 3 gms red chilli powder
  • 3 gms kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 3 gms shahi garam masala
  • 0.5 tsp kasuri methi
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 15 gms malt vinegar
  • 20 gms mustard oil
  • 70 gms hung yoghurt

For the dhungar

  • 1 small pc charcoal
  • 1 tsp ghee

Our first encounter with mutton burra was at old Delhi’s Karim’s. It is hard to believe that mutton chops cooked over dry heat in a tandoor can yield a kabab so succulent The long marination with yoghurt and papaya paste leads to a tender kabab, but you have to be careful not to overdo the marination or you will either end up with meat falling off the bones as it roasts in the oven, or kababs that are mushy and have no texture. The ideal burra kabab should offer some resistance when you try to tear off the meat, but it should not be too chewy or dry.

Method of making the Burra Kebab

  1. Grind all ingredients for the marinade except the hung yoghurt, onions, ginger, garlic, papaya, lime juice, salt, black salt, red chilli powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, shahi garam masala, kasuri methi, pepper, malt vinegar, mustard oil, together in a blender until completely smooth.
  2. Trim the mutton chops to remove any hanging flaps of fat or meat. Pat them dry using a kitchen towel or paper napkins. The meat should be as dry as possible.
  3. Using a sharp paring knife carefully poke on the meat all around to allow the marinade to penetrate deep into the large chops.
  4. In a mixing bowl pour the marinade as well as the hung yoghurt over the mutton chops and mix well. Massage each piece individually, using your fingers to cover all the crevices of the meat with the marinade.
  5. Dhungar: Set a small piece of charcoal on the gas flame. Turn it around from time to time for about 10 minutes until a layer of white ash covers the surface of the charcoal.
  6. Keep a foil or tight fitting lid handy to cover the mixing bowl.
  7. Place a small bowl in the center of the marinade-covered mutton. Using a pair of tongs place the glowing hot charcoal in the bowl. Pour hot ghee on top of the charcoal. Smoke will start rising from the charcoal. Immediately cover the bowl tightly.
  8. After 10–15 minutes remove the lid, give the mutton a stir and cover again. Put this in the refrigerator (not freezer) for 24 hours.
  9. Next day, take out the mixture and skewer the chops by piercing the skewer in between the two rib bones as shown in the video.
  10. Set the oven to preheat to 200ºC for at least 15 minutes.
  11. Bake the chops in the oven over a baking grill with a baking tray set underneath to catch the drippings. If using an oven don’t try to baste the meat frequently because it will only cool down the oven and turn your burra kababs soggy.
  12. When the kababs are halfway done and brown on one side turn them over to let the other side brown.
  13. Take out the burra kababs after about 30-40 minutes or until done and beautifully brown.
  14. Char the kababs over an open flame to create burnt buts like it would be if they were cooked in a tandoor at higher temperatures. Not necessary if cooking in a tandoor.
  15. Let the meat rest for 15 minutes before serving it with sliced onions, lime and a mint chutney and salad of your choice.

Equipment need for preparing the kebab

  • Grinder or sheel nora
  • Knife or bnoti
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Mixing bowl
  • Aluminium foil
  • Metal skewers (optional)
  • Baking grill and tray
  • Oven mitts
  • Tongs

Published by Avtar Singh Rana

A brief about Chef Avtar Singh Rana Chef Avtar Singh Rana a passionate professional celebrity chef having more than 2 decades of experience. A chef who wears different hats, who ranges from the city Delhi is someone who loves interaction and discovery with a vision of always coming up with the best and true perfectionist at his work, he dwells in photography, traveling and of course food. He started his carrier with Taj Group of hotels, in the year 1998 and since then has only achieved milestones and growth immensely his hunger to learn and explore more got him travelling to the middle east, Oman, KSA , multiple times, where he worked for some of the iconic hotels. His talent also brought him recognition from Radisson, Starwood and Accor, where he was responsible for the preopening of the hotels. An individual who leads by the examples and has the knack of grasping quickly and extend warm hospitality.

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