Mutton Ularthiyathu

Mutton Ularthiyathu is one of my all time fav Mutton Recipes. I think this is the recipe that made me like mutton for the first time. It's one of the famous recipes of my mother in law. I do hope you will also enjoy this recipe.

Here is the recipe…

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Mutton Olathiyathu

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1 kg Mutton (cut into medium size pieces)
  • For Marination
  • 1 tbsp Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Garlic
  • 1 tsp Green chilli
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • For Masala
  • 2 big onion (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Chilli powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Garam masala / Meat masala
  • Whole Masala
  • 2-3 Clove
  • 3-4 Cardamom
  • 1 piece Cinnamon
  • 3 medium – big Tomato (sliced)
  • Salt
  • Coconut Oil
  • Curry leaves


  • Marinate the cleaned mutton pieces with ingredients listed under marination (from ginger, garlic, green chilli, curry leaves & salt) and keep for half an hour.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker & splutter whole masala (clove, cardamom & cinnamon). Add sliced onion & saute it. Add ginger & stir. When it turns brown, add Masala powders & stir. Add sliced tomatoes and mix well. Cook till tomatoes become soft. Add marinated mutton & curry leaves. Mix well.
  • Add 1/2 – 1 cup water & bring it to boil. Cover the cooker with the lid and put the weight on. After the first whistle on full flame, reduce the flame to low-medium and cook for 12-14 whistles. Switch off the gas and keep the cooker closed for 10-15 mins, till the pressure drops.
  • Open the cooker and check the doneness of the mutton. If required, pressure cook again, till mutton is tender.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan. Transfer the mixture from the cooker and continue cooking. If there is excess gravy, let it dry. Continue cooking till the mutton is coated nicely with the masala and gravy is dried.
  • Let it rest for sometime for the flavour to develop. Serve with Rice, Appam, Idiyappam etc;


The cooking time of Mutton depends on the type of Mutton used. You can store the left overs in the fridge upto 3 days.
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32 thoughts on “Mutton Ularthiyathu”

  1. once more.. maria… thanx for this lovely recipe…mutton olarthiyathu ws superb..variety taste. You have recipe for fish pickle …i mean with the king fish we get here in gulf?

    • Thanks again dear for trying out the recipes and for taking time to leave the comment here, appreciate it very much :)

      I’ve posted a prawns pickle recipe, you can make fish pickle using that one.

  2. Hiii Maria,
    Let me start by saying that ur website is just great and the recipe out there are just too good. I can’t believe that I got a website where I can try the recipe out without thinking twice, I just know it’s going to turn out great! 3 cheers to you. The pics you take of the dishes are way too tempting. I have so far tried the Mutton Olathiyathu, Chilli Gobi, Dragon Chicken, Chicken Biryani, Shrimp Crackers , Pasta salad….I don’t remember if there is more to this list…..All these came out so well that I can boast about my cooking now! Thanks a ton Maria ! I think I’ll try to post the comments as and when I try them rather than waiting for the end. Maail u soon sometime.

    • Hi Deeepa,

      Thanks a ton dear :). I was so excited and happy to see your comment. The list of recipes that you have tried from here makes me very happy, its a long one indeed :)

      Thanks again for trying the recipes and also for leaving such a lovely comment :)


  3. Maria,

    Superb recipe….. gr8 smell gr8 taste. Eager to try rest of your recipes. Thanks again for a gra8 taste and hence a gr8 day.

    Best wishes,

    Raghu & Hema

    • Hi Raghu & Hema

      Thanks for dropping in and writing to me. Very happy to know that you liked this recipe, hope you will like the other recipes too…

      Happy cooking :)


  4. Hi Maria,

    I started reading your recipes recently. Oro recipeyum onninonnu mecham annu. Great work !!!!!

    When ever my mind goes blank thinking thinking what to cook today i visit your site and pick some recipe :)


    • Hi Manjusha

      Thanks a ton for your encouraging words!! It motivates me to keep going :) Please do try out the recipes and write to me, I would love to hear your feedback.


  5. Hi Geethu

    Happy to know that you liked the recipe, thanks for letting me know about it. Please try out other recipes as well.


  6. Hi.
    I tried “Mutton olathiyathu” its superb….ha ha ha
    thank u…
    geethu biju..

  7. hi maria,
    thnx for the recipe. well… i didnt come as colorful as urs but not bad for my first attempt (this is my second dish by myself :) ). but it does taste good. by the way, hw much water shud i add? – i added enough to cover the mutton and a bit more. and then waited for it dry up (in lowest flame).

    i am yet to go thru ur rest of the recipes; but do u hv anything simple for a bachelor away from kerala can cook ? that would be a real blessing.
    dont know when i can taste my mom’s.

  8. Hi Maria,

    I thin ive fallen in love with your blog. Great naadan recipes exectly what i was looking for. Will definitely try Mutton Ollathiathu and a few more i ‘ve bookmarked.

    • Hi Seema

      Thanks a lot, am flattered :) Please do try the recipes and let me know, would love to hear from you..

      Happy cooking :)


  9. Hi Maria,
    Really nice recipe tried it and loved it……………. just added fried potatoes to it it tasted awesome!!!!!!!


    Hi Savia, happy to know that it came out well for you. I will also try with fried potatoes next time :), Maria

  10. Hi CL, thanks for trying mutton olathiyathu. Happy to know that your guests loved it and btw thanks for adding me to your favorites :)

  11. Thanks Basil for visiting my site. Hope your wife will like the mutton olatiyathu.

    Please let me know how it turned for you.

  12. My wife asked me to cook something today and ofcourse i didnt know where to start. Today is the first day i have been at home (sick) after a few months of working. I am going to try your recipe…its a nice cold day so a hot curry would go down nicely…

  13. Hey maria….

    ‘ssup!!! btw… tried the mutton olathiyathu… my guests loved it!!!! I’ve even bookmrk’d ur site on my blog!! u’ve inspired me 2 cook!!! he he…will try more recipies and will let u know how it turns out!!!! hope u’re havin’ fun in BAH!!!! take care!!!

  14. hey…

    this is my first visit 2 ur site… this dish looks awesome… will definitely try it!!! keep postin’!!!

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