Shepherd Pie or Cottage Pie - Indian Desi Style

Cottage Pie or Shepherd Pie is a British Classic Dish in which the leftover cooked meat is mashed and mixed with chopped vegetables like carrots and beans and then put in a baking tray. It is topped with Mashed Potatoes and then baked till potatoes are done. I am assuming it entered India during the British Era and then has stayed with us. But we, being Indians, have the habit of converting every dish or cuisine to give it an Indian touch. Addition of Spices, Turmeric , Chilies, Curry Patta or Dhania Patta , all International Cuisines have been altered to suit our palate . This dish is no exception.  The original recipe used beef or turkey or lamb.However, in India, you will mostly find the chicken or the goat meat version of it . Instead of carrots and beans, we add green peas and whole spices to flavor it out and make it Desi.

Lets learn to make this classic country side British Dish made with Desi Touch :

What You Need:

Cooked Mutton Keema : See Recipe here
Boiled and Mashed Potato
1/3rd cup milk
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper
1/3rd cup cheese (optional)

Steps To Make:

Take a baking tray and grease it with oil.
Make a layer of cooked mutton
Mash potato, milk , salt and pepper together.
Place and spread it evenly on the cooked mutton.
Spread some cheese.
Bake at 180 degree centigrade for 35 to 40 minutes.
Allow it to cool down.
Cut into pieces.

I didn’t know how it is supposed to be consumed. Should I have it just as it is  or with Rice or Bread. I thought toasted bread would go best with it.. You have any better idea ?

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