Sunday, September 11, 2011

CKP Mutton/Chicken

Back with a bang!

Being married into a CKP (Chandraseneya Kayasta Prabhu) family, it was inevitable that people started visiting us with expectations of  CKP style non-veg dishes!
CKP families are very well know for their mutton and fish preparations. Though I must say most of the dishes they prepare are time consuming. But trust me, it will be worth every bit of your efforts.

It goes without saying that this recipe is strictly for people who have the patience in cooking or some good help in the kitchen!
Even though I have put the level of this recipe as difficult, it is completely based on the time consumption and not the skill requirement.

With a lot of people who visit us here, being into 'no red meat' diets, this time I have prepared CKP Chicken. But personally I think CKP mutton tastes way better than its chicken counterpart. Those who dont mind eating mutton once in a while, are requested to make a mutton preparation with the same recipe. The only change would be substantial increase in the cooking time in Step 7. There are some tips on reducing the cooking time for mutton preparations right below the recipe.

So lets get started with my family's CKP mutton/chicken recipe.
I have tried to keep it as easy to understand and as step by step as possible. Hope you like it!
Also, just a heads up, the first step has to be done 6 - 8 hrs before you start making this dish. So plan accordingly.

Level: Difficult (Time consuming)
Serves: 6 - 8 people

1 kg (2.2 pounds) chicken/mutton (bone-in medium sized pieces)

(List 1)
2.5 tblsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 cup yogurt, slightly beaten

(List 2)
7-8 black peppercorns
5 cloves
2 inch cinnamon stick
1.5 tblsp coriander seeds
2 black cardamoms

(List 3)
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 cup fresh grated coconut/5 to 6 tblsp dry grated coconut (I have used dry in this recipe)

(List 4)
2 cloves
3 black peppercorns
1 green cardamom
1 inch cinnamon
1 large onion, finely chopped

3/4 tsp garam masala
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 small bunch of finely chopped coriander leaves

Step 1 - Wash chicken/mutton thoroughly. Pat dry with a kitchen napkin. Take it in a large bowl with a lid. Apply all ingredients from List 1 (ginger garlic paste, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, yogurt) and salt. Massage all the ingredients well, till the meat is well coated. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge overnight (6 to 8) hours. The yogurt will help tenderize the meat and all the ingredients will flavor the meat well.

Step 2 - In a large pan, take 2 tblsp of oil. Roast all List 2 ingredients. (black peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, coriander seeds, black cardamom). Drain them out and keep aside in a plate to cool down.

Step 3 - In the same pan, on medium heat add the List 3 ingredients one at a time. Let us start with the onion. Roast the onions till they turn reddish-brown in color. Keep aside. In the same pan, add the coconut and roast it till it becomes a deep brown color. (See picture above). Keep aside. Let all the ingredients cool down.

Step 4 - Grind together all roasted ingredients from step 2 and 3 together with a little warm water, till they form a thick brown paste.

Step 5 - In a heavy bottomed pan heat 1.5 tblsp oil. When the oil is hot, add the List 4 ingredients. Let us start with cloves, black peppercorns, cinnamon stick and green cardamom. Saute for a minute. Add the finely chopped onions and saute for 4 to 5 mins, till they brown.

Step 6 - Add the marinated chicken/mutton (without the excess marination) and saute for a good 8 to 10 mins on a medium to high flame till most of the water evaporates and you have dry meat in the pan.

Step 7 - Add the ground paste of roasted ingredients from step 4 and mix well for 5 to 6 mins. Add some water with the leftover marinade from the meat into the pot and let it all boil together. Adjust water to your desired preference. Also adjust the spice level here by adding some red chillly powder and garam masala. Adjust salt.

Step 8 - When the meat is almost done (chicken takes around 20 mins and mutton about 45 mins to an hour), squeeze in some lemon juice and sprinkle some coriander leaves. Let the meat cook for 5 more minutes till done.

Serve hot. Decorate with some more coriander just before serving.

If you are making a chicken preparation, skimping on the marination time is alright. 3 to 4 hrs is good enough. But if you are making a mutton preparation 8 hrs is minimum. You need the meat to tenderize well.

Do not roast the onions and coconut on a high flame. It might burn some of it and that would give the dish a burnt taste.

Make sure the coconut is roasted to a nice brown color. That is what gives the chicken its red - brown color.

For a quicker version of mutton preparation, you can pressure cook the marinated mutton till it is almost cooked through and then use it in the recipe.


  1. अरविंद प्रधान20 March, 2012 00:39

    स्टेप ७ ला मी हे सगळ स्लो कुकरमध्ये घालतो आणि ४ तासाचा टायमर लावतो. कोंबडी आणि मटण दोन्ही अप्रतिम होतात.

  2. Sounds fantastic. Slow cooker madhe ulat jasta chaan chav murat asel na..:) wish i had one..Thanks for the tip Arvind.

  3. How about badisauf ( fennel)?

  4. Am sure fennel/badisauf would taste great here. But this is my in-law's family recipe from his great grandparents to parents to us now..:) so we enjoy it as it is...:)

  5. This this also called Xacuti?

    - Priti

  6. Xacuti is prepared differently, with vinegar et al...this is the traditional maharashtrian preparation..

  7. Shalmali... you are awesome!

  8. Onions are used in step 3 & 5.
    Kindly mention quantity properly as to how much tobe roasted in step 3 and again in step 5.

    1. As mentioned in the list numbered ingredients, step 3 needs 2 large onions and step 5 needs 1 large onion. Hope this helps..:)

  9. Yummy. Lucky you. Everybody is not as lucky as u to get CKP wife. I believe " kayasth' means 'kaya badal aastha asnare'... all good , nice, nitnetke.

  10. Me hich recipe follow keli, agdi majha aai cha recipe sarkhi ahe hi recipe. Pan slow cooker madhe 6 taas mutton cook karava lagla. Pan chav apratim jamli !
    Thank you for putting this down in a blog!

    1. Thank you for the feedback. Slow cooker madhe ekdum chaan sijla asel mutton..Me pan try kareen. :)


  11. very nice blog! i love this recipe! i will try this recipe in home. Indian Recipe

  12. Garam masala shevti jo ghaltat to kay specific CKP garam masala asto ki jo ya recipe madhe ahe toch extra karun ghalaycha?

    1. Me general market madhla garam masala vaparlai. Amchya gharichi ashi recipe nahi ahe ti.

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  14. Tumhi garam masala chi recipe sangal ka ??

  15. Hello... what would be the approx measurement of a cup? In table spoon ... is it a heaped quantity or flat quantity.

  16. What is the quantity of a cup?

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