Sunday’s were always special. So was the food as everyone was at home. Most Sunday meals always started with the Goan Arroz (Pulav) and a meat dish. The aroma was so tantalising that I would disturb mum half way through. And she would keep repeating the ingredients jeerem, Meerem, aaley etc. So reliving the memory I recreated the lunch.

Now the recipe for Arroz is not something great but I will share the same with you.

Ingredients for Arroz:

  1. Basmati rice 1/2 kg washed and soaked for 1/2 hour and drained
  2. Cloves 4-5 nos.
  3. Cinnamon 1″ thick stick
  4. Peppercorns 1/2 tsp
  5. Bay leaf 1 no.
  6. Onion 1 cut lengthwise
  7. Tomato 1 finely cut (I have skipped this as hubby doesn’t like tomatoes)
  8. Ginger-garlic paste 1 tbs.
  9. Oil 3-4 tbs
  10. Veg/Chicken Broth 1 cup/1 cube
  11. Water 2 cups
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Tumeric 1 tsp

Method: In a non-stick vessel add oil and let the oil become hot. Now add the cloves, cinnamon, peppercorn and bay leaf. Let it crackle in the oil. Add the onion and saute till golden brown. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute till the aroma is released and the paste becomes golden brown.

Now add the basmati rice and saute for sometime. Add the stock/cube and keep on fast fire. After adding the cube now add the water. Let it boil. When it boils add the tumeric and salt and stir well. Decrease the gas to a simmer and cover slightly with a lid. Let it cook till nearly done. Check the rice for doneness once the water dries completely. Switch off the gas and enjoy your Arroz.

Jeereem Meerem Mutton Recipe:

  1. Mutton 1 kg cut into cubes washed and drained
  2. 5-7 green chillies finely chopped
  3. 1″ cinnamon sticks (5 nos.)
  4. 1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeerem)
  5. 1 tsp Peppercorns
  6. 1 tsp. Cloves
  7. 1″ ginger
  8. 5-7 garlic pods
  9. Tumeric 1 tsp.
  10. Vinegar 2 tbs. (Coconut vinegar or Apple cider Vinegar)
  11. 1/2 coriander leaves
  12. Onions 2-3 finely chopped
  13. Tomatoes 2 finely chopped
  14. 1 sprig of curry leaves
  15. 1 cup water
  16. Salt to taste
  17. Oil as required

Method : In a mixer make a paste of item nos. 2-11. Add little water and keep grinding for 2-3 times more. Keep the mixer aside.

In a pressure cooker heat the oil. Add the onions and fry till semi-soft. Now toss in the mutton and saute well till the aroma is released. Now add the ground masala and fry well. See that the meat is covered in the masala. Now add the tomatoes and saute well. When the tomatoes become mushy add salt and water. Cover the cooker and let the mutton cook. Once the cooker gives 3-4 whistles, switch the gas off. Let it cool naturally. Open and stir the mutton. Enjoy with the Arroz.


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