How to make Syun Methi -

Lamb cooked with methi leaves and flavoured with with kashmiri garam masala.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Boneless Lamb (हददी् रहित लैम्ब), Fenugreek leaves

Cuisine : Kashmiri

Course : Main Course Mutton

Syun Methi

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Kashmiri food carries with it a delicious nip of all things hot and spicy.  It is a rich tapestry of Indian, Iranian, Afghani and Central Asian styles of cooking. 
Kashmiri cuisine has some vantage ingredients: that is dry ginger, fennel, red chillies, curds and mustard oil. Even though it is dominated by non-vegetarian fare, the vegetarian delicacies manage to carve a niche for themselves.  One of the typical ingredients in a lot of Kashmiri delicacies is the Kashmiri ver which is a doughnut-shaped cake of ground spices with a strong and pungent aroma. And yes how can one forget the scent of saffron, which forms an important part of this cuisine. 
Riffling through the books of history one discovers that it was the invasion by Timur in 15th century that left a legacy of Kashmiri cuisine. With time there was an influx of skilled workers as also cooks from Samarkand whose descendants came to be known as Wazas or the master chefs of Kashmir. Wazwan is a unique concept in the world of Kashmiri cooking. Other influences are that of the Muslim and Rajput styles of cooking. A fantastic blend of all these is witnessed in the ultimate formal Muslim banquet called the Wazwan.

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Syun Methi Recipe

  • Boneless Lamb 1 1/2 inch cubes 1/2 kilograms

  • Fenugreek leaves 1 small bunch

  • Kashmiri red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fennel seed (saunf) powder 1 teaspoon

  • Dry ginger powder (soonth) 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Ver (Kashmiri garam masala) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Ghee 4 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Black cardamoms 2

  • Cloves 2

  • Cinnamon 1 inch stick

  • Green chillies chopped 3-4


Step 1

Boil fenugreek leaves in two cups of water for two minutes. Drain and squeeze dry. Chop finely.

Step 2

Mix red chilli powder in one tablespoon of water and keep aside Pressure cook the lamb with one cup of water, turmeric powder, fennel powder, dry ginger powder, asafoetida, ver and salt till tender. Heat ghee in a wok, add cumin seeds, black cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon and saute till fragrant.

Step 3

Add green chillies, red chilli water and fenugreek leaves and cook for two minutes. Add the mutton with the stock and cook uncovered till dry and the ghee surfaces on top. Serve hot.

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