Step by step recipe of Bohra Kaari Chawal with photos.
Bohra Kaari, kari or curry is traditional Bohra dish. It is coconut and cashew based curry that requires a special masala called Kari masala. The taste of curry is mildly spiced and coconuty. It is a very easy too cook, if you have masala prepared in advance, it requires very little effort. Although, allow slow cooking of curry to accentuate flavors.
Authentic Bohra Kaari recipe:
Kaari Masala recipe:
Please check my kaari masala recipe to it make your own spice mix. I recommend making your own over ready made.
If, you use a ready made kari masala mix then you might need to tweak this recipe with some extra red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and whole spices. Just add these in tempering when we fry masala.
Bohra is a world wide community and so most of Bohra recipes have regional variations.
Kaari taste best when cooked with mutton or lamb. But you can use chicken and beef with little compromise in taste.
Just like other bohra recipes, I cooked meat separately and added to curry. But if you have some time you can add meat directly to gravy and cook. For chicken pre-cooking is not required anyway.
In a nut shell masala needs to be fried very well. Now, mix water and then fry ;or fry and then add water, it’s personal preference. In fact, you can fry whole masala and grind them afterwards for crispiest taste.
You can add tamarind water, lemon juice or yogurt too. Tomatoes are rarely added.
We need coconut milk for this recipe. The traditional way to make coconut milk is blend fresh or desiccated coconut with water and then strain to extract coconut milk. Let’s say 300 gram desiccated coconut and 1 ½ cup water. Repeat process once more with another 1 ½ cup of water to extract three cups of coconut milk. Some of that extracted coconut is also added to rice to avoid waste and add flavours and aroma to rice as well.
Now, considering quick and easy ways, I’m using coconut milk powder, you can even use coconut cream for extra rich gravy.
So the authentic recipe varies regionally and is simply how your mother cooked and developed your taste buds. I don’t believe in dictating recipes but I believe everyone have unique style so I tried to suggest all options.
Kaari is served traditionally with Karak double roti and rice. I highly suggest making this recipe specially if you love coconut based curries. If you have kids, serve it with noodle to enjoy mock khousay flavours.
Other bohra recipes.
Keema ni khichri
Bohra Red Chicken
How to make Bohra kaari Chawal?
Kaari Chawal Recipe
- ½ kg mutton or any meat
- 1 tablespoon green chilli paste
- 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
- 1 medium onion - cut in chunks
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1 ¾ cup Kari masala
- ⅓ cup oil
- 2-3 twigs curry leaves
- ⅔ cup (75 grams) coconut milk powder
- 3 cups water or more
- 2 tablespoon tamarind water
For Cumin Rice
- 400 gram or 2 cups rice
- Salt - to taste
- 5-6 peppercorn
- 4 cloves
- ⅓ teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
- 4 tablespoon fried onion - for garnish
- Boil meat with ginger, garlic, green chilli paste and onions until tender. When tender stir for few minutes to dissolve onions. Set aside.
- In a thick bottomed skillet fry kaari masala, red chilli and curry leaves on low flame. Stir constantly until fragrant. Add a little water if masala is burning.
- Next add meat to the gravy. Fry until you see a little oil bubbling from sides.
- Add coconut milk little by little with stirring.
- Cook curry for 15 minutes on medium flame until oil separates. Serve with lemon, Cumin Rice and karak double roti (bread).
For Coconut rice
- Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes.
- Boil water in a large pot, add salt, cumin, pepper, cloves and rice.When rice are 80% cooked strain rice and discard water.
- In the same pot heat oil,add desiccated coconut, give all a stir. Next , mix in boiled rice.
- Cover and dum rice for 5-7 minutes until steam rises. Coconut rice for Kaari chawal is ready, garnish with fried onions and serve.