Nadan Mutton Curry

Try out this recipe if you want to relish the taste of kerala food. This will definitely bring you the nostalgic memories of home cooked food.

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Nadan Mutton Curry

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 4 -5
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1/2 kg Mutton
  • 2 medium Onion
  • 1 tbsp each Crushed ginger & garlic
  • 1 tbsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 cup Medium Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup Thick Coconut milk
  • Coconut oil
  • 4 Small / Pearl onion
  • Salt

For Masala

  • 1/2 - 1 cup Grated coconut
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 4 Cardamom
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 medium stick Cinnamon
  • 2 Red chilli


  • Heat oil in a pan & add all the ingredients listed from coconut - red chilli (listed under for masala). When the coconut becomes golden brown remove from fire. Let it cool completely.Grind the cooled coconut mixture, without water & keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Saute onion, ginger & garlic. When onion becomes soft add all masala powders & stir for 5 minutes. Add curry leaves. Add medium thick coconut milk.
  • When it starts boiling add mutton pieces. 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. Keep the cooker closed for another 10-15 mins, till the pressure drops.
  • Open the cooker and mix well. Check the doneness of the mutton, if required, pressure cook again. Add 2-3 tbsp hot water to the ground coconut mixture and add this to the cooked mutton. Mix well.
  • Add thick coconut milk & keep for 5 -7 mins. Switch off the gas.
  • Heat oil in a small pan & crackle mustard seeds. Add small onion & curry leaves. When onion becomes brown pour it over mutton curry.
  • Serve hot with Pathiri, chappathi or rice.


The cooking time of mutton depends on the type of mutton you use. The curry keeps well in the fridge for 2-3 days.
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    • You are welcome Saurabh! Glad you had a good introduction to the Kerala cuisine.

      Please try out other Kerala recipes also when time permits..


  • This might be a good curry, but majority of people will identify nadan mutton curry to something else. Coconut milk is not an ingredient in the so called nadan mutton curry. (usually a red colored curry, spicy and tastes good with parotta, pathiri or puttu.)

  • this is my 1st visit to ur blog..i love cookin n keep tryin new dishes i find online :) jus got married n came to US,so tats hw i kill time :D so Happy to ve found U!!
    made the mutton curry n goin to make Palappam for dinner 2nite!!! :)

    • Hi Shruti,

      First of all, congrats on your marriage! Wish you a wonderful & blessed married life!

      Thank you for dropping in here and also for the comment :) Hope you enjoyed the mutton curry n palappam.

      Best wishes & May God Bless You!!


  • Hi Maria,

    Thank you very much for the recipe, I tried it today it was very tasty so I wanted to try all your recipes. This site is very helpful for expat Indian batchlers like me to learn cooking … Thanks amillion and may god bless you.

    • Hi Shereef,

      Thank you so much :). Very glad to know that you liked the recipe. Please do try other recipes as well and share your feedback.

      Thanks again for your wishes.


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