Dashain Food Recipes is supposed as recipes taste of Nepal. There are many Dashain food cuisines cooked in the festival. Dashain Food cuisine is the major meat related food. Dashain food is meat food in Nepal. But there is also Dal, Bhat, Tarkari, Chatani, Achar etc in Dashain Food cuisines.
Given below are few of the food and its recipes that we eat during Dashain. Such foods are much popular in Nepali household during Dashain.
1. Mutton Curry
Mutton is the official Dashain food in Nepal, especially among the brahmins and kshatriyas. In every family, they buy a goat which is kept in the house for a few days. And at the day of sacrifice, that is the eighth day of Dashain, the goat is sacrificed and the meat is eaten as an offering from the God.
After the offering, there is ample of meat in everyone’s freezer to last the whole week of Dashain. During this time, Mutton is eaten every day. Curry is the most famous one to have with rice and it is supposed to be a special dish for Dashain. Given below is the recipe for mutton curry:
1 kg mutton
3 tbsp garlic
3 tbsp cumin powder
4 pinche salt
1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
1/4 cup ghee
1/2 cup mustard oil
2 inches cinnamon
2 green cardamom
2 bay leaf
2 black cardamom
5 cup onion
3 teaspoon ginger
3 teaspoon coriander powder
3 teaspoon white pepper powder
Wash mutton pieces that are chopped into cubes with running water. Keep aside to drain. When the water has dried, then add the marinade ingredients. Mix well using your hands, rubbing the spices into the meat. Let it marinate for 1-2 hours.
Now take a heavy-bottomed pan, heat it over high heat. One with a tight lid is ideal. Add oil and ghee. When smoke starts coming out of it, add whole spices. Add a pinch of sugar which gives an amazing color to mutton.
Add chopped onions and cook on low flame for about 10 minutes. At this point, you can add salt. This jump starts the cooking process of onion.
When the onions turn translucent, reduce heat and wait for them to turn pink. Add turmeric and mix well. You can add it at a later stage too. However, adding it at the beginning of the recipe helps you get rid of that raw smell of the spice.
Now add marinated mutton, ginger garlic paste and cook on high flame for 5-7 minutes, stirring continuously.
Cover the lid, lower the flame and allow it to simmer for a while. When the mutton is almost done, then add coriander, cumin, black pepper and mix them all together.
Cook uncovered till oil starts separating from the meat first. And later, add a cup of water, garam masala powder and cook uncovered till oil floats on top. Transfer these mutton curries into a bowl, then adjust seasoning, garnish with ginger juliennes, coriander leaves and finally serve hot with steamed rice or chapatti.
2. Mutton Sekuwa
Mutton Sekuwa is another food that is popular during the time of Dashain. From the meat of a whole goat, the soft pieces of meat are separated, marinated and grilled to make mutton sekuwa. This is a smoked piece of meat which is very good for the taste. It is usually eaten with drinks while playing cards that is the game that we play in Dashain.
Given below is the recipe for Mutton Sekuwa:
2 lbs. mutton, cut into thin slices
1 tbsp garlic, chopped
1 tbsp cumin seeds, roasted
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp chili paste
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp ginger, chopped
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 cups onion slices
2 cups red bell pepper slices
Salt and Pepper
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tbsp cooking oil
Directions for preparing mutton sekuwa:
In a blender, mix garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, roasted cumin seeds, turmeric, chili paste, tomato paste, and salt into a smooth paste. In a large bowl, pour the spice mixture over mutton pieces. Aftern that add onion and then bell pepper slices, and oil; mix well, cover, and let marinate for at least four hours.
Preheat your grill. Place marinated mutton pieces with vegetables on the grill; cook, frequently turning until mutton slices are tender. Take the cooked sekuwa off the grill. To serve, arrange the mutton sekuwa on the bed of rice pilaf, supplemented with khursani ko achar.
3. Mutton Khaja Set
Khaja Set is a lunch special which is popular among the Newars of Kathmandu Valley. It is a dish that contains two or three different types of curries, pickles and fried stuff which is eaten with beaten rice. This dish is very popular among Kathmandu denizens. It can be eaten with veggies, chicken or mutton or buff. But, during Dashain, mutton khaja set is the most popular one. Given below is the recipe for mutton khaja set which includes dishes like:
Mutton Curry is the same as mentioned above. Please refer to the recipe for Mutton Curry.
Next item in Mutton Khaja Set is alu-bodi-tama. It is a gravy made with lentils, banboosoots and potato.
Mutton Chhoila which is the pickled mutton meat which has been boiled previously
Potato gravy with lots of chilly
Chiura which is known as beaten rice that adds crunchiness to the whole dish.
Dal-Bhat-Masu is the constant dish that we have during Dashain. Every day is masu day especially mutton. Dal is the mix of lentils which is cooked in pressure cooker. And bhat is rice which is also cooked in pressure cooker. And masu is meat which is made into a curry. The way to prepare curry has already been mentioned in the first point. Please refer to point 1.