Kuttanadan Mutton Roast/Varutharachathu

Here is the recipe for kuttanadan mutton roast.

Please refer notes & chicken preparation, if you are planning to make chicken instead of mutton.

  1. Mutton – 1/2kg
  2. Grated coconut – 1 cup
    Red chilli – 4-5, whole
    Coriander powder – 2 tbsp
    Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
    Black peppercorns – 1/2 tsp, optional
  3. Crushed ginger & garlic – 1 tbsp each
  4. Onion – 2 big, sliced finely
  5. Tomato – 2, sliced finely
  6. Coconut oil
  7. Salt

For Garnishing

  1. Thengakothu(bite size coconut pieces)- 1/4 – 1/2 cup
    Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
    Red chilli – 2
    Curry leaves

Heat oil in a pan & add grated coconut. Once the colour starts changing add red chilli, coriander powder, turmeric powder, pepper corns & curry leaves. Fry this till the coconut becomes golden brown colour. Let it cool. Grind the cooled coconut mixture into a smooth paste. Add 1-2 tbsp of water to this paste & keep it aside.

Heat Oil in a pan & add crushed ginger & garlic. Fry it for a few minutes. Add onion. When the onion becomes pale golden colour, add tomato. When tomato is cooked add the ground paste. Mix well. Add mutton pieces and salt. Combine well & saute for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water & cook till the mutton is done.

Garnishing: Heat oil in a pan 7 splutter mustard, add thengakothu, red chilli & curry leaves. Fry for a few minutes & pour it over the mutton curry. Serve hot with rice, chappathi, appam etc;

For Chicken preparation:

Marinate chicken (1/2 kg) pieces with 2 tsp of kashmiri chilli powder, 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder & salt. keep it for half an hour. Shallow fry the marinated chicken pieces and continue cooking in the same method of mutton roast.

Notes: Marinating & frying chicken piece is optional. The original chicken recipe as shown in the TV, doesn't have this process. If you are marinating & frying the chicken pieces, reduce the amount of whole red chilli while frying coconut and also adjust the qty of salt accordingly.

Source: Kairali TV

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24 thoughts on “Kuttanadan Mutton Roast/Varutharachathu”

  1. hi ma’am,

    vipin again, the helicopter pilot…tried this recipe with chicken. as i had only chicken with me :-). came out well…did some modifications to the recipe..1. did not fry the chicken. 2. added more water while making the paste. 3. sauteed the chicken for about 10 minutes before adding water. 4. kept the chicken in low heat for about 20 min as i remembered my amma’s words “the longer you keep chicken in low heat, the better it tastes”. thank you once again for this wonderful recipe..


    vipin nair.

    ps: how do i upload pics??

    • Hi Vipin,

      Good to know that you are continuing your cooking experiments :) Thanks for trying this recipe. Nice to know that it came out well with chicken. As I’ve written in the write up, it’s originally a chicken recipe..

      You can mail the pics to mjm@jpm.cc

      Btw, you can call me Maria :)


  2. hay maria…helloooo…i m gng to try tis recipe…its my husbands birthday tody n he luv mutton recipes very much……do u knw hw to make mutton chops……thank u for tis recipe….i like3w ur blog very much i m a regular follower of u…i had tried lot ur recipes nd it came outwel….thank u soooo….much…..tkcr…n advance christmas wishes…..njoyyyy

    • Hi Riya,

      Belated b’day wishes to your husband. Hope he liked the mutton roast. I havent tried the mutton chops yet…

      Thanks a bunch for all your encouraging words & wishes.

      Wish you too a Merry Xmas!


  3. Hi Maria,

    This is the first time I am leaving a comment on your blog though I am a regular visitor at your blog. I tried the kuttanadan roast with chicken and it was absolutely delicious. I fried the chicken after marinating in coconut oil. I must say this recipe is for keeps though I am not a fan of chicken. Thanks for posting a wonderful recipe.

    • Hi Vaishali,

      Thank you so much for the comment dear :). I’m really glad that you liked the recipe. Even I’m not a big chicken fan :)


  4. hi there, great work..realy a big help for me as i explore in to my own culinary journey. Just one thing..i am from the malabar side..and we really dont use mustard during the tempering. that was one flavour from the south kerala as my friends used to share food back in college,..thanks for the effort

    • Hi Shameem,

      Thank you for the wonderful words :)

      Its a new info to me that mustard is not used in tempering in Malabar side. I’m from central Kerala and we also use mustard in our tempering.

      The variety of Kerala dishes and especially Malabar dishes always amuses me :)

      All the best for your culinary journey!


  5. Maria,

    This Mutton Roast is very tasty. Yesterday i tried it in my home.My hubby and me like it very much..it was very yummy…thank u for a very good recipe…



  6. hi Varsha

    thanks for dropping in, please do keep visiting :)

    Sanjana, thanks for dropping in and sending the comment. Hope you tried it and came out successful :)

  7. hey, looks good. Will surely try it out this week end. As I am still green when it comes to cooking, guess the out come will be good.

  8. Hey maria..1st time here..Am also a malayali..Nice blog u got n this is a droolable recipe..:)..I also loveeee thengakothu..:)
    Welcome to visit my space..:)

  9. Hi Maria ..
    Wow the mutton roast looks yummy ..But i am going to try this recipe with chicken only ,coz i love chicken :)
    will try that soon and let u knw the result …

  10. I love roast..chicken or mutton doesn’t matter..You sure did lift my spirits with the awards..thanks so much and congrats on all those well-deserved awards :)

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