Mutton Bottle Gourd Dalcha Curry

Presenting another another dish from childhood :) This is a special delicacy my  mom used to make very rarely. And I have no idea why she used to include bottle gourd in this curry. But believe me it adds a special flavor!

Goat meat - 1/2 lb (with bones), preferably mutton chops
Bottle gourd pieces 1 cup
Chana dal - 3 tbsp
Toor dal - 3 tbsp
Green chillies - 4
Onion - 1 medium
Ginger/Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Tomato - 1 medium
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Corriander powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind paste - 2 tsp
Corriander leaves - 1/4 cup
Curry leaves - a few
coriander powder - 2 tbsp
Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom - a few each
salt to taste

  • Pressure cook the mutton pieces with a  little ginger/garlic paste, turmeric powder,salt  and coriander powder
  • Soak the dals for atleast 15 mins and pressure cook them together with some turmeric powder, curry leaves and half of the corriander leaves.mash to paste
  • Heat oil in a wide pan, season with cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Once they pop, add chopped onions, green chillies, ginger/garlic paste and fry for a few mins.
  • Add the remaining corriander leaves and curry leaves and fry for a couple more mins.
  • Add all the remaining powders, bottle gourd pieces along with tomatoes and fry until the tomatoes turn soft
  • Add the mutton and cook till mutton mix with all the ingredients
  • Add the cooked dal and cook for some more time
  • Finally add the tamarind paste and some water and boil it for some more time
  • Garnish with chopped corriander leaves.
Goes very well with Biryani Rice and white rice!

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