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Using Ground Mutton for Beef and Aubergine Fatteh

Asked by prashansa. Answered on 10th March 2019

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I would like to make the Beef And Aubergine Fatteh but I live in a part of India where beef is banned. Ground lamb is hard to find too so could ground mutton be used as a substitute?

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Beef and Aubergine Fatteh
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Our answer

Nigella's Beef And Aubergine Fatteh (from AT MY TABLE) includes a spiced stew made from ground beef and aubergines. Lamb would be a good alternative to beef. Mutton is usually meat from older sheep, but we understand that in India it is more commonly the name given to goat meat. Both of these meats will have a stronger flavour than beef, but this is fine if you are cooking the dish for people who are used to this flavour. Both can also be tougher meats than beef, but as the meat is ground (minced) for this dish it should not be a problem as grinding tenderizes meat.

It is also possible to substitute the beef with an extra 500g (1¼ pounds) of vegetables. Aubergine (eggplant) would be our preference, but you could also use some diced red (bell) peppers and mushrooms. If you use this option then keep an eye on the pan as the vegetables are cooking, as the mixture will be dryer and you may need to add a few splashes of water or vegetable stock (broth) to help to prevent the vegetables from scorching. Add all of the vegetables at step 4, cook for 10 minutes, add the spices and cook for a further 10-15 minutes, or until the vegetables are all soft and cooked through.

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