Shab Deg

A popular Kashmiri mutton dish full flavour and richness of cream and almonds. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Main Ingredients Boneless Mutton, Mutton Mince
Cuisine Kashmiri
Course Main Course Mutton
Prep Time 1.30-2 hour
Cook time 8-10 hour
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Shab Deg

  • 500 grams Boneless Mutton 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 250 grams Mutton Mince
  • 3-4 medium Turnips (shalgam)
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 8-10 strands Saffron (kesar)
  • 1 tablespoon Kewra water
  • 4 Green cardamoms
  • 10-12 Cloves
  • 3 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups Ghee
  • 4 large Onions sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon Raw papaya ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Caraway seeds (shahi jeera) powdered
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Red chilli powder
  • 1 cup Yogurt whisked
  • 3/4 cup Cream whisked
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Almond paste
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1/2 cake Ver (Kashmiri garam masala)
  • to taste Black pepper powder


  1. Roast turnips on fire till skin is easy to remove. Peel and prick all over with fork. Apply a third of garlic paste, turmeric powder, salt and half of saffron dissolved in kewra water on the turnips and keep aside for fifteen minutes.
  2. To make spice paste, grind together the green cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon. Divide into three portions. Heat ghee in a kadai and deep fry the turnips to a golden brown.
  3. Drain onto an absorbent paper and keep aside. In the same ghee, fry onions till golden brown and crisp. Drain and keep aside
  4. To prepare the stock, place half the fried onions, one third of garlic paste, one third of ginger paste, half of spice paste, half the mutton pieces and enough water to cook the meat very soft.
  5. Meanwhile, mix minced meat, papaya paste, one third of ginger paste, remaining garlic paste, remaining spice paste and a half of the garam masala powder.
  6. Keep aside for half an hour. Remove stock from heat. Mash the meat and strain. Keep stock aside. Shape minced meat mixture into balls or koftas approximately the size of the turnips.
  7. Deep fry in ghee and keep aside. In the remaining ghee, add the remaining mutton pieces, fried onions, ginger paste, cumin powder, shahi jeera powder, red chilli powder and the remaining garam masala powder and fry till the meat is brown.
  8. Add beaten yogurt, stock, beaten cream, almond paste, fried turnips, mutton koftas and lemon juice. Stir gently and add enough water to cook the meat. Crumble the ver and stir it in.
  9. Seal the lid of the deg with flour dough and place a few live coals on the lid and some below the deg. Cook overnight and before serving the following day add the remaining saffron dissolved in kewra water and add black pepper powder.

Nutrition Info

Calories 3791
Carbohydrates 96.1
Protein 176.6
Fat 299.9
Other Fiber Fiber- 15.9gm