Southern Amenia, a famous restaurant in Golpark, Kolkata served a different kind of Chaap. It differed from the traditional Kolkata Chaap in being a bit mellow. When we were in college we used to love frequenting Southen Amenia just for this Sahi Chaap. Unfortunately worker dispute lead to it’s closure. Some of the workers even started making it on their own and selling it from a shack right outside the Amenia building. Now that all remnants of it has disappeared I have to make it for myself. Hope you enjoy it as well.
- 1.5 lb. mutton chops
- 1 medium onion coarsely chopped
- 7-8 garlic cloves crushed
- 2-3 dry red chili
- 4 tbsp. thick plain yogurt
- 1 tsp. red chili powder
- 8-10 almonds blanched and peeled
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp. freshly ground Bengali garam masala
- 1 tsp. rose water
- 2 tbsp. ghee (Clarified Butter)
- 2 tbsp. oil
- Salt to taste
Make a smooth paste of almond with milk and reserve it for later use.
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.
Heat 1 tbsp. ghee in a pan till it melts. Now add chopped onion, sliced ginger and crushed garlic to it. Fry on medium heat till the onions start getting a golden brown hue. Turn off the heat and let them cool down to room temperature.
Now add the fried spices to a grinder and make a smooth paste of them with a spoon of yogurt.
Wash the chops and pat them dry.In a mixing bowl mix yogurt with the onion, ginger, garlic paste and red chili powder. Season the mixture with salt.
Rub this spice mixture well on both sides of the chops. Allow it to rest for half an hour.
Heat oil in a wide frying pan till it melts. Now reduce the heat and temper it whole dry red chilies. Arrange the mutton chops in a single layer. Cook it covered on very low heat for about 45 minutes. Frequently remove the cover and mix the spices. Fry the chops till you can see that the oil gets separated from the rest of the spices.
Now add almond paste to it and cook for another five minutes on low heat.
Sprinkle rose water and garam masala powder over it. Drizzle one spoon of ghee and keep it covered till you serve. Enjoy with Biryani or laccha paratha.