Gushtaba is a traditional Kashmiri dish that is a part of the ‘Wazwan’ – a grand feast in Kashmiri cuisine. It is a meatball dish made with minced meat, typically mutton or lamb, and is known for its delicate texture and rich, creamy gravy. Here is a recipe for making Gushtaba:
- 1 pound minced mutton or lamb
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
- 2 cups yogurt
- Salt to taste
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
- In a bowl, mix the minced meat, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, yogurt, and salt. Mix well to combine and let it marinate for at least 1 hour.
- Using your hands, shape the meat mixture into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter.
- In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs and fry for about 5 minutes or until browned on all sides.
- Add the water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
- Once the meatballs are cooked, turn off the heat and let the dish sit for a few minutes before serving.
- Garnish the dish with fresh cilantro before serving.
- Serve hot with steamed rice or Indian bread.
When making Gushtaba, it’s important to use high-quality, minced meat and to mix the ingredients well to ensure that the meatballs are tender and moist. You can also use saffron milk for more color and flavor.
Gushtaba is a perfect main course dish for a special occasion or to celebrate a festive day. With a few simple ingredients and a bit of time, you can create this delicious dish that is sure to impress your guests.
Gushtaba is a deliciously rich and flavorful dish that is perfect for a special occasion or to celebrate a festive day. With a few simple ingredients and a bit of time, you can create this delicious dish that is sure to impress your guests. It is a perfect blend of minced meat, yogurt, and the rich aroma of spices. The delicate texture of meatballs and the rich, creamy gravy makes it a favorite among meat lovers.