If you're a meat lover who also enjoys Indian cuisine, you'll know there are a wide range of meat dishes to choose from when visiting an Indian restaurant. If you want to move away from common meat dishes, such as chicken tikka and lamb biryani, give one of these authentic dishes a go:
Kulfa gosht is a lamb dish that's made with purslane, which is a leafy green plant that's a member of the succulent family. Purslane has a slightly salty taste, which brings out the delicate flavour of the lamb. For this dish, the lamb is slow cooked with fresh tomatoes, onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies and turmeric. The purslane is added toward the end of cooking, and as the leaves break down they thicken the sauce to create a hearty stew that's typically served with fresh paratha, which is a flatbread.
Kombdi vade is a chicken and fried bread dish originating in Western India. The chicken, which is traditionally served on the bone, is marinated in a rich spice mixture that includes cumin, fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. It's then cooked in a thick, creamy coconut sauce that contains ginger, onion and fresh coriander. This curry is served with poori, which is unleavened bread that's seasoned with cumin seeds and deep fried, and the poori can be used to mop up the sauce.
Khichra is a stew made with goat and beef. The dish is thickened with lentils and rice and served like a soup. It's packed with flavour thanks to the meat being seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and ginger. Once the meat is sautéed, stock, lentils and rice are added to the pan and everything is simmered together until the meat is tender. This dish is often topped with crispy fried onions, fresh coriander and lemon wedges just before serving.
Xacuti is a chicken dish that originated in Goa and uses a number of spices including nutmeg, star anise and black pepper to create a bold, tantalising sauce. Large chicken pieces are cooked in the sauce, and poppy seeds are added, which impart a mild fruitiness that contrasts with the dominant spices in the dish. Xacuti is served with rice and pickles.
These are just a few examples of authentic Indian dishes meat eaters will love. Next time you visit an Indian restaurant, opt for a new meat dish or ask your server to recommend a meat dish that includes the flavours you like.