The other day some of us were discussing the best compliment we got as a cook. One of my biggest appreciator is my husband, however, each time I made his favorite chaap, he’d say he loved it, but would always trail that sentence with a “…but”. He would still head to his favorite chaap restaurant in Kolkata when we went there, as if it’s something he really doesn’t get at home.
This has always been a challenge to me, a challenge that was hard for me to break because the “healthy eating” person in me would never allow me to pour all the oil and simmer in it for 3 hours.
However, that “healthy eating” person one day relented to the challenge and went full force into making the original chaap. Let’s me say I did win the challenge :)
- 2 lbs. mutton chops
- 1/2 cup raw papaya paste
- 1 cup plain yogurt (curd)
- 1 tbsp. ginger paste
- 1 tbsp. garlic paste
- 1 tsp. dry red chili paste
- 1 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 tsp. shahi garam masala powder
- 2 tbsp. poppy seed paste (posto bata)
- 2 tbsp. cashew paste
- 200 gm. clarified butter (Ghee)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. rose water
- 1 tbsp. sugar
You need to get mutton (goat meat) chop pieces to make chaap. In Kolkata you can just let the butcher know and he will make the chops ready for you. Outside your homeland, you need to specifically instruct the butcher to break the chops with the broad side of their flat knife. Otherwise use your metal meat tenderizer to flatten the chops.
In a wide dish marinate the meat with raw papaya paste and a spoonful of yogurt. Papaya paste acts as a natural meat tenderizer. Leave it for 3-4 hrs.
Now wash the chops and pat them dry.In a mixing bowl mix yogurt with all the wet(ginger+garlic+ red chili+cashew+poppy seed) and dry (turmeric+garam masala) spices. Season the mixture with salt and sugar.
Rub this spice mixture well on both sides of the chops. Allow it to rest for half an hour.
Heat oil and ghee in a wide frying pan till it melts. Now reduce the heat and arrange the mutton chops in a single layer. Cook it covered on very low heat for about 3hrs. Frequently remove the cover and mix the spices. Fry the chops till both sides turn golden brown.
Sprinkle rose water over it and keep it covered till you serve. Enjoy with Biryani or laccha paratha.