Christmas pie is sweet fruity flavor with minced meat in each bite.Yes i know its too early for Christmas but the winter has just started in Delhi. And for me the Christmas season has began .The sunbeams are welcome now 🙂
It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~John Burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”
Nature has many scenes to exhibit.Well the food habit changes for me with arrival of seasonal fruits and veggies in market.I always carve for smoky hot food in winter.Most of the time my evening tea is paired with a hot samosa.Indian food has its own charm with lovely spices.So my minced pie is with Indian spices ,curry based.I am sure you gonna love it !!
Let's start with making pie crust. Take flour in a bowl and add the cubes of chilled butter.Use your finger tips and rub the butter into the flour until you have a mixture like coarse breadcrumb.Add chilled water and mix it using a wooden spoon.Your dough is ready.Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill it 15 min before using .
Preheat oven to 180xb0C.Take a small portion of the dough and roll into a flat bread of 1/2 inch thickness.Line the pie trays with this ,trim the edge.Fill the pie shells with some rice or pastry weights.This is called blind baking.Bake for 15 min.Take them out of the oven and let the pie shells cool in their trays.
Now start making the filling.
Mix mince mutton ,curry powder,turmeric and flour together.Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan.Add onion and fry till transparent.Add garlic and ginger ,cook for some time.Than add the tomato puree and cook for another 3 minute.
Now add mutton mixture and saute for 2-3 minute.Cover and cook for 5 minute.Add brown sugar and cook for another 5 minute.Avoid adding water.It should be a thick gravy.
Cool the mixture before filling into pies.
Take the Pie shell and fill the mince curry in it.Place back again in its pie tray.Take the remaining pie crust dough.Cover the shell with another flat bread and press around the rim.Poke a few holes in the top with a sharp knife.Bake for 25-30 min at 200 C in a pre-heated oven till the outer crust will be golden and done.