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7 Recipes for the Meat Lover’s Soul

And they’ll be ready to eat within an hour, we promise!

Shraddha Varma

Shraddha Varma

Bookmark this list of 7 must-try non-vegetarian main course recipes that are highly recommended by LF’s celebrated chefs and food experts for your next dinner party. Heirloom recipes dug out of traditional household kitchens and perfected over time by generations are making a special appearance to help you make your feast truly memorable.

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Chicken Hasina
Noted celebrity Zarine Khan, a hostess with the moistest, is best known for her Khan-Nawazi in Bollywood circles. From entertaining lavish home-cooked lunches and dinners at the Khan household, here she shares one such irresistible chicken recipe from her kitchen that can be prepared under 30 minutes. A rustic and authentic dish, it involves cooking chicken, chopped tomatoes and onions with curry leaves and whole spices such as cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. She also adds ginger-garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, and coriander powder.

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Tomato Mirchi Gosht
Mutton or gosht is one of the star ingredients when it comes to non vegetarian food. Tomato mirchi gosht is another one from Khan’s family recipes. The recipe involves marinated mutton pieces cooked in a tomato-based gravy. What makes the dish even more interesting is the addition of aromatic spices such as cloves and cardamom. You can pair this with anything from a veg pulao to jeera rice or even roti.

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Mutton Taar Korma
A delicacy from the royal kitchens of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, this korma is packed with flavours. It is prepared using mutton along with ghee, whole spices, tomato puree, ginger-garlic paste and meat stock. To give its gravy a rich texture, chef Ajay Chopra adds a paste of soaked cashew nuts, melon seeds, and almonds mixed with milk. The dish is finished off with a few strands of aromatic saffron.

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Bhunal Gosht
Treat yourself with a bowl full of Bhojpuri-style mutton curry paired with steamed rice. The unique bit about the bhunal gosht recipe by chef Ajay Chopra is that it is cooked in oil that is used to caramelise onions. The infusion of sweet flavours of onions, combined with ginger-garlic and whole spices, give the mutton dish a delicious flavour. Chef recommends adding fried onions mixed with nutmeg powder to finish this dish.

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Safed Murg
This Jaipuri Safed Murg can be the ‘it’ dish for people who aren’t big fans of spicy curries. In this recipe, chicken is simmered in a luscious and creamy gravy made with khoya, curd, coconut, poppy seeds, almonds, and cashew nuts. You can relish this with some piping hot rotis, parathas, or a bowl of steamed rice – either way the dish is rich and regal perfect for an iftar meal.

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Also read: A vegetarian’s guide to a fulfilling iftar meal

Kancha Kofta
A non-vegetarian version of the popular Bengali dish kancha kofta, this is tender minced mutton balls simmered in spicy onion and gram flour-based gravy. It is stuffed with small balls of hardened ghee, which melt while the koftas are cooking, and give a soft texture and delicious flavour.

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Rogan Josh
The rogan josh is a staple in the Kashmiri Wazwan, a multi-course meal (usually 36 course) served at Kashmiri Muslim weddings. In this recipe, lamb is slow-cooked in oil with a yoghurt and spice mix. Once the meat starts falling off the bone, more spices, caramelised onions, and tomato puree are added. The curry can be mopped up with khameeri roti or even regular rotis.

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