What is The Ideal Accompaniment for Pakistani Kunna?You can serve Pakistani Kunna with several types of traditional pita bread including black fennel seed naan, garlic naan, plain naan or roti. Kunna is a delicious savory menu item, perfect both for lunch and dinner. It is a special dish at weddings or other large gatherings so people can enjoy the delicacy in the company of family and friends. You can try Kunna in all the seasons but like other meat dishes, it is more common in winters in winters and can be complemented with other vegetable dishes or rice on the menu. However, Kunna is a complete meal in itself and if you are preparing it for a small family you do not need to add other dishes to the menu. This dish is rich in proteins and has good fats but should be eaten in moderation if you are high in cholesterol. The selection of meat is a very important step in preparing a flavorful Kunna dish. Make sure the meat you select for Kunna is lean meat and does not have more than 10% fat portion in it. The ideal meat for Kunna is the lamb shank, which should be cut in large pieces with bones. If you live in a house that has a back lawn, it’s a good idea to plan cooking the Kunna dish by digging a 12-inch-deep hole in the sand. It is an ideal party dish for people who enjoy cooking outdoors but may require a bit of patience. If you cannot cook outdoors, I still promise you great flavors as long as you stick closely to my recipe.
Can I Make Kunna from Other Meats?Lamb shank is the most popular and traditional meat use to cook Kunna. But with an increase in its demand and individual choices of people, it is prepared with beef and chicken too. The taste and texture of the Kunna dish vary with the different types of meat.
Pakistani Kunna Recipe
Indian / Main course
1 Kilo gram Lamb shank (cut in large pieces)
1 Cup oil
1 tsp Black Cumin
6-8 Black pepper
1-inch Cinnamon stick
1 Large Cardamom
1 Large Onion
1 tbsp Ginger paste
4-5 round red chilis
1 tbsp Green chili
1& ½ tbsp Ginger
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp white cummin
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1/2 cup Wheat flour
1 tbsp spoon Butter
Water as required
Ginger cut as julienne
Lemon cut as wedges
In a large pot heat the oil and add sliced onions. Fry the onions, white cummins, and green chili till they turn brown.
Now add ginger and meat pieces and fry for 2- 3 minutes.
Gradually add the remaining spices including red chili powder, turmeric, salt, and mix the ingredients well.
Add 5 glasses of water to the meat and spices and cover with a lid and allow to cook for 1 hour on medium flame. Try not to disturb the cooking process by uncovering the lid again and again.
Check the meat tenderness after 1 hour and if you feel it'shard, let it cook for another 10 to 15 minutes until meat is really soft and easily breakable.
Add 1/ 2 cup wheat flour dissolved in water to the gravy while stirring and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon a few times and add more meat stock if required, the consistency of the gravy should not be very runny or very thick.
Serve the Kunna is a clay pot or else in a 6-inch-deep bowl to allow for the meat pieces to sit easily.
Garnish the dish with green coriander, chopped green chilis, lemon, and julienne cut ginger.
Dress up the dish with a tablespoon of butter.
Indulge in the savory delight with pita bread of your choice.