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Gonglu Gosht 

(Turnips with Meat)

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Gonglu Gosht – meaning turnips cooked with red meat.  Turnips are also called Shalgam in Punjabi, Urdu or Hindi. Did you know that this vegetable like most is high in fibre and low in calories.  Also, turnips have vitamins K, A, C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, B2 and folate (one of the B vitamins), as well as minerals like manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and copper.  They are also a good source of phosphorus, omega-3 fatty acids and protein.  That’s my health speech for the day.  

Now let’s talk about my recipe.  I have made the turnips with spinach and meat.  I believe turnips full potential does not come across unless you spice it up a bit. Turnips take a little time to go soft so if you intend to cook in a saucepan it may take up to one to two hours really depends on the type of turnips (baby cook quicker) and meat used.  This time, I am cooking in the pressure cooker.  Try this recipe and you will be wiping the plate clean because this dish is finger licking good.

Suitable for: Gluten free, Dairy free

Prep: 20 mins, Cooks In: 20 mins – increases if made in saucepan

Serves: 2-4 people


2 tbsp oil or 1 tbsp ghee 

200 ml curry sauce

400g spinach puree

6 small turnips sliced about ¼ inch (½ cm) thick

6 lamb chops or any red meat

1 to 2 green chillies - optional

¼ tsp salt to taste

1 heaped tsp cumin

1 heaped tsp coriander powder

½ tsp turmeric 

3 to 4 tbsp sugar 

250ml water



  1. Puree spinach with green chillies and leave on one side

  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add curry sauce with the spices

  3. Put lamb chops into the mixture and stir for a couple of minutes on medium to high heat

  4. Cut turnips into quarters or half inch slices and add to sauce with pureed spinach, water 

  5. Stir and close the lid on the pressure cooker and wait for the pressure whistle which should run for about 14 minutes on a medium heat. (ensure pressure cooker has cooled down before opening)

  6. Once cooked check the meat is tender and soft, also the turnips should be soft

  7. Put the heat back on and ensure all the water has evaporated 

  8. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and stir, and check the taste, it should be sweet.  If it is not add a further tablespoon.  You can add up to 4 tablespoons to make the sauce sweet.

  9. Whilst you are stirring the sauce, mash the turnips if preferred  

  10. Serve with rice 

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