One of the most famous & the most sought after Mutton Recipes of Rajasthan that has been kept a secret for a long time is the Rajasthani Jungli Maas. Jungli Maas (जंगली मास) is a rustic mutton cuisine cooked in a Traditional Rajasthani Style. The Rajasthani Jungli Maas Recipe is also eminent as the “recipe of the hunters” or the “Hunters Delight” & its invention was the need of the hour. The authentic Meat Recipes of Rajasthan have always been presented with a twist, but I am presenting to you the most authentic version of the Junglee Maas.
History & Origin
Goat Meat in India is referred to as Mutton in India. The origin of the Authentic Jungli Maas Recipe traces back to the Ancient times. These were the times when the kings went out on hunting expeditions. Rajput royalty were keen hunters and carried bare minimum supplies. Few of these supplies were salt, whole red chilies & clarified butter.
Depending on the day’s catch, a delicious recipe was prepared right in the jungle by skinning & cleaning the hunt. Jungli Maas or also spelt as Junglee Maas, since its inception has evolved over time & enjoys huge reputation. The basis of authentic Rajasthani Maas however remains the same: a camping meal, made with mutton, wild boars, lamb etc.
I have seen a lot of people add garlic or some other ingredients to the dish. Authentic Jungli Maas Recipe does not use any of such ingredients. My Mother-in-Law learnt this recipe from Her Highness, Rani Saheba Sampat Kumari Ji of Garhi.
A dry version of the Junglee Maas Recipe requires, cooking of mutton on high flame for an extra 10-15 minutes at the final stage. This removes the extra jhol (water) from the dish to give you a dry version of the Jungli Maas.
Even with these minimum spices, the appealing texture, the lip smacking flavors & mouth-watering aroma of the cuisine will leave you licking your fingers.
So without Much Further Ado Let us Begin.
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