Eid ul Azha, Bakra Eid, Bari Eid, Meaty Eid – whatever you may choose to refer to it as, there’s one thing that’s for certain and that is qurbani meat is going to be everywhere you go.
While feasting on the rich meat dishes that are a traditional part of bakra eid is fun, cooking it is another story. The smell from qurbani meat is not pleasant at all. If you’re looking for answers on how to remove smell from qurbani meat before and after you’ve cooked it – here are some tried and tested hacks!
1. Draw Out the Blood
Retained blood can cause a lot of unpleasant odors while you’re cooking and it often ends up being the reason your meat has a strong gamey flavor and scent even after it’s been cooked.
You can reduce this by drawing out the blood from your meat by salting it generously on both sides. Leave your salted botis sitting for half an hour to an hour until the blood has been drawn out. Then throw out the extra liquid, wash and begin cooking your meat.
2. Marinade Your Meat Before Cooking
Marinading your meat before you cook it can give it a deeper flavor and also help fight some of that meaty smell. Marinades including yogurt, lemon, ginger, garlic, and vinegar are excellent in helping not only soften the meat but also helping the smells stay at bay.
3. Embrace Ginger and Garlic
We’ve mentioned this in the last point but it’s such a hack that it deserves a special mention of its own! Ginger and garlic pastes are your friend. While these two sibling ingredients are the star of South Asian cuisine, they are also a key player in helping neutralize the smell of meat.
Add a generous amount of ginger and garlic paste when you first put your meat in the pan and cook it for a few minutes until the flavor is really infused in your meat. Then you can proceed with cooking your dish.
4. Add a Lot of Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices add a lot of flavor to your dishes but in addition to flavor, each herb also comes with its own distinct scent. These combined scents all help mask the smell of meat and help keep your final product from smelling like it was alive just a few hours ago!
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