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Khad Raan — Mutton Cooked Below The Earth

Updated on December 1, 2013

When we visited Rajasthan, I was completely awestruck by this dish and now have planned again to visit that place especially to enjoy this dish.

Rajasthan is a dry and arid region of India. Here people eat very spicy food and its dishes are very famous and are a preferred lot.

This cooking method developed, as people used to travel long distances in search of pray and after catching a pray like rabbit (which is now banned) they erected tent and needed to eat. But in those regions dusty winds stop them to cook in the open. So, they invented this method of cooking by digging a whole underneath the ground and cooking there.

How to Prepare Khad Raan:


1 whole lamb leg approximately 1 kg

2 tablespoon grounded coriander seeds

1 tablespoon red chili powder

4 tablespoon garlic paste

6 tablespoon onion paste

4 tablespoon clarified butter

Salt to taste


Take a large bowl and mix all the ingredients well.

Take a large plate and place the properly cleaned lamb leg, make cuts all over it, and put the marination above and below it.

For Wrapping:

You need 8 Indian flatbreads, a few banana leaves, and mud.

Wash the banana leaves and keep them on the table. Put 4 Indian flatbreads side to side. Put the marinated lamb leg over it. Put the other 4 Indian flatbreads over it. Now wrap the banana leaves around the whole ingredients and tie it with threads from the banana leaves. Then, apply wet mud over it.

Now dig a hole in the dessert sand soil about 2 feet deep. Now light the charcoal put the wrapped bag over it and over it put more charcoal. Then cover the hole with sand. Because sand is porous, so the charcoal will not die down but keep igniting at a slow pace.

It is a slow process but after an hour when you will dig it out and take your wrapped lamb leg out, I can assure you that you have not tasted anything like this before. Eat it with a dice of lemon and slice onions.

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      Sukhjit 4 months ago

      Thanks mate. Grt n simple explanation.

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      Subhas 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes, Au fait it is a place which I just cannot resist going again and again.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Sounds interesting! Hope you've had the chance to visit Rajasthan and enjoy this yummy looking meal again!

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi teaches12345 nice to know that you have already tasted pork this way. This way of cooking certainly needs expertise and time consuming but worth the taste.

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes Aliciac, the tribals of this place use to cook like this to avoid the gusty wind of this place. It keep intact all the juices and aroma.

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you FlourishAnyway for your nice and appreciating comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love mutton and this sounds like a great new way to enjoy it. I have had pork cooked underground and know that this type of cooking makes the meat moist. Thanks for the creative share on this recipe.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a very interesting and unique cooking method! Thank you for the information, pinto2011.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I have heard of this and found your description very interesting. Thanks for sharing it!

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi DDE, yes this taste incredible as the juices and flavor remain intact and it is slowly cooked, so it becomes as soft as cotton and as delicious as it could be.

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi sunil thanks for your comment. If you are visiting Rajasthan and want to taste Khad Raan, you visits indiasafariclub and stay at their tents and eat this dish cooked live in front of you. I am sure you will cherish that moment for life.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Khad Raan — Mutton Cooked Below The Earth food cooked in this way is truly extraordinary. I have seen a documentary on how food is cooked below the ground I can only imagine that incredible taste.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Oh! That is a wonderful suggestion. I have plan to visit Rajastan. Though I mainly prefer veg. foods, I will give it a try when reaching there. You have presented this recipe beautifully. Thank you for sharing dear.