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Recipe: Give your taste buds a treat this Durga Pujo with Mangshor Jhuri Bhaja

Durga Puja begins today and go on till Tuesday.

ET Online|
Oct 04, 2019, 06.45 PM IST
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The highlight of every Durga Pujo celebration is the flavourful feast of traditional Bengali delicacies. This year, treat your taste buds with a bowlful of Mangshor Jhuri Bhaja.

Mangshor Jhuri Bhaja
Mutton, from the shoulder or leg, kept in one piece: 500 gms
Garlic paste: 1 tsp
Ginger paste: 1 tbsp
Ground black pepper: 1/2 teaspoon
Lime juice: 2 tbsp
Oil: -1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Sliced onions: 2 medium-sized
Sliced garlic cloves: 4
Ginger paste: 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder (optional): 1/4 tsp
Green chillies: -4, slit in half
Garam masala powder: 1/4 tsp
Water: 1/2 cup

- Wash and dry the piece of mutton and make deep scores on the flesh with a sharp knife.
- Make a marinade by blending all the ingredients together.
- Rub well on both sides of the meat and into the cuts.
- Wrap in a piece of foil and marinate for 2-3 hours in a refrigerator, making sure that the meat is well sealed.
- Roast the meat for about 45 minutes.
- Leave aside for an hour to rest, without opening the foil packing.
- Remove the meat from the foil packet and shred finely with a fork or fingers.
- The meat should come off the bone in loose strands.
- Break up any large pieces.
- Do not discard any of the juices in the foil packet, but pour it onto the meat as it adds to the taste.
- In a wok or deep skillet, heat sufficient oil to fry the sliced onions, making sure that they are well browned and caramelized.
- Strain from the oil and spread on kitchen paper to become crisp.
- Drain off most of the oil keeping only 2 tablespoons in the pan/wok.
- Add the slit green chillies and sliced garlic and fry till the garlic is slightly golden.
- Add the ginger paste and fry for another 30 seconds.
- Add the fried onions to the pan, saving a handful for the garnish.
- Add the garam masala and chilli powder, if using, and all the shredded meat, including the juices.
- Sprinkle half a cup of water to bring all the ingredients together and stir fry for a couple of minutes till the mixture is dry with just the spices clinging to it.
- Check the seasoning, adding a little salt, if needed.
- Garnish with the remaining browned onions.
- Serve with flaky parathas or luchis.

(Courtesy: Monkey Bar)

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