Spicy Mutton Curry

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Heat oil in a pan and add coconut, whole coriander, dry red chilli, whole black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, pearl onion, fennel seeds, curry leaves. Fry till the coconut turns golden brown. Remove from fire and let it cool. Grind the same without adding water. Keep it aside…

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add sliced onions. When it turns golden brown, add ginger and garlic. Cook till the raw smell goes, around 2-4 mins…

Add chilli powder and cook for 2-3 mins. Add sliced tomato, salt and cook till it turns soft…

Add cleaned mutton pieces and mix well. Add 2 cups of hot water and pressure cook till the mutton is done…

Open the pressure cooker, when the pressure drops. Add ¼ – ½ cup of hot water to the ground masala. Mix well. Add it to the cooked mutton and cook on low flame for 5-10 mins. Remove from fire…

Heat oil in a pan and add sliced pearl/small onion and curry leaves. Fry till the onions turn golden brown. Switch off the gas and add pepper powder and coriander leaves. Add this to the curry and mix well…

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Spicy Mutton Curry

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3 -4
Author: Maria Jose

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg Mutton (cut into medium size pieces)

To roast and grind

  • 3/4 cup Grated Coconut
  • 1 tbsp Whole coriander seeds
  • 4 Dry red chilli
  • 1 1/4 tsp Whole black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
  • A small piece Cinnamon
  • 3 Pearl / Small onion (sliced)
  • 6 Curry leaves

For masala

  • 3 med - big Onion (sliced)
  • 1.5 tsp Crushed / grated ginger and garlic (each)
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 med - big Tomato (sliced)
  • Salt
  • Oil (I used coconut oil)

To temper

  • 4 Pearl / small onion (sliced)
  • Curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper powder (refer notes)
  • 1 tbsp Chopped coriander leaves

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a pan and add coconut, whole coriander, dry red chilli, whole black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, pearl onion, fennel seeds, curry leaves. Fry till the coconut turns golden brown. Remove from fire and let it cool. Grind the same without adding water. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add sliced onions. When it turns golden brown, add ginger and garlic. Cook till the raw smell goes, around 2-4 mins. Add chilli powder and cook for 2-3 mins. Add sliced tomato, salt and cook till it turns soft. Add cleaned mutton pieces and mix well. Add 2 cups of hot water and pressure cook till the mutton is done. Refer notes to see on pressure cooking time.
  • Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup of hot water to the ground masala. Mix well. Add it to the cooked mutton and cook on low flame for 5-10 mins. Remove from fire.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add sliced pearl/small onion and curry leaves. Fry till the onions turn golden brown. Switch off the gas and add pepper powder and coriander leaves. Add this to the curry and mix well.
  • Serve hot with rice/chapthi/pathiri etc;

Notes

This is a spicy recipe, so adjust the qty of spices to suit your taste.
I didnt add the pepper powder in the tempering stage, since the curry was already spicy for our preference.
Pressure cooking the mutton - After the first whistle, I reduced the flame to low-medium and cooked for 12-15 whistles. Keep it closed for another 15 mins or till the pressure drops.
The colour of the curry tends to darken as it rests..

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      • I love your recipes and your stories about them, even more. I am subscribing to your club just to show my support! Besides, its only 10$ a year±
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        • Hi Austin,

          Thank you so much for your encouraging words and support, appreciate it very much :) We did think of an app, but it would be very difficult to maintain.

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Hi Maria,
    it is a great pleasure reading your recipes esp the story behind each recipe. i have tried lots of your recipes and they have all turned out good. i tried this spicy mutton yesterday and it came out so well that both my hubby and mom in law loved it. thank you maria for posting such tasty recipes. You are doing a great job!

    • Thank you Somy! Nice to know that you like reading the write ups and also enjoy the recipes posted here. Glad that the mutton curry recipe worked well for you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • its amazing………….. i tried this one and my kids loved it very much………..this is the first time i m trying a mutton dish and it came very well….thanks Maria………..
    can u just guide to make a mutton soup for my kids…………

  • its amazing………….. i tried this one and my kids loved it very much………..this is the first time i m trying a mutton dish and it came very well….thanks Maria………..
    can u just guide to make a mutton soup for my kids…………

    • Hi Simi,

      Thanks a lot for your comment dear! It’s a pleasure to know that this curry was liked by your kids :)

      I havent tried a mutton soup yet, so sorry dear I’m not sure how it works :(

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hi maria,i m not a gr8 cook,n i used to go thru diff recipe sites n never felt confident of trying them.they were all complicated.

    and now i discovered ur magic recipes and now I AM CONFIDENT – I CAN COOK ANYTHING WITH UR RECIEPS ….LOVE U MARIA…u saved my life :P….

  • HI MARIA,
    I HAVE TRIED COOKING MUTTON TWICE,EACH TIME IT TURNED OUT TO BE A BIG KULAM(POND).RECENTLY TRIED YOUR RECEIPE AND IT TURNED OUT AMMAAZZINGG….WE ATE THE LEFTOVERS FOR 3 DAYS.THANKYOU SO MUCH.

  • Hi Maria..I have never been a big fan of mutton, but I wanted a Kerala style recipe to cook for my family and I came across this one. It was such a big hit and for once even I couldn’t stop eating!! Thank u :)

  • Hi Maria,
    I was looking for a mutton curry recipe I came across yours’ n tried it today… It was yummy n my family loved it..
    Thank u so much for sharing…

  • Thank you Maria, I have never cooked mutton and I tried it for the first time. it came really well and my husband was licking his fingers too. Thanks a lot!!!

  • You forgot to add salt! I just blindly followed your steps and missed out the salt :( My curry is in the cooker now. I will add salt once I open it (I dunno my mutton will absorb the salt or not :( ) Well I am in Bahrain too. If its not good, I am going to have dinner together with Josettan and you tonight with the mutton curry. If its ok, I am going to have the yummy curry alone as usual. You absolutely have no clue how much you help me daily to add on my weight and I cant help myself trying out your recipes. (I am a bachelor sharing my flat with two Kerala families. Now those husbands asked chechis to learn cooking from me, I am not going to tell them about the secret, your blog) Love your recipes. Josettan must be a real lucky guy!

    • Hi Jofz

      Yeah I did! Thanks for pointing it out, I’ve edited the recipe :) Since you didnt come this side with mutton curry, I do hope it came out well ;)

      Good to know that you are giving a competition to chechis ;)

      I’m not sure whether Josettan agrees with your “lucky” comment, however I’ll def pass this to him.

      Keep trying more recipes from here and happy cooking!

      Btw, sorry for the delayed reply, I was on a small break.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Dear maria chechi Even after 15 whistles in the pressure cooker there was a lot of curry, also mutton wasn’t all that cooked. What should I do?

    • Hi Parvathy,

      Sometimes the mutton takes longer to cook. In that case, you need to cook it again. Even after pressure cooking twice, you are left with too much gravy, cook the curry without the lid on low-medium flame, till the gravy thickens.

      Make sure you stir the curry in between, otherwise it may stick to the bottom.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Thank you chechi,I followed what you said and it turned out well. I tried to learn cooking through my mother and mother in law and failed miserably. My friend recommended your blog and since then I follow your blog religiously. You are sort of my cooking guru:) I am only into weekend cooking due to my job but thanks to you I am a confident cook and treat my friends to your wonderful recipes during the weekends.

    • Hi Parvathy,

      Thanks a ton for your wonderful feedback. Really happy to know that MM helped with your cooking. Please do say my thanks to your friend as well for recommending MM :)

      Best wishes,
      Maria

  • Maria…first of all..your site is amazing…. what we love about it is that its tried n tested and u dont really need to wonder about the outcome. ..coz it wyd b good. Today as i was browsing i saw ur blog on adukki perukal and i totally related to it….something i tell my hubby at alll times? and i showed him the blog and we had a good laugh…

    • Hi Deepa,

      Thank you so much :) I’m really happy to know that you trust the recipes here. Good to know I’ve some company when it comes to adukki perukkal ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Hello… And now it’s Deepz hubby here….. So you guyz are teaming up against us …..huh ;-)
        Cherish n thank God for having such great ppl ;-)
        And ur blog is awesome!!!!! I too enjoy culinary expeditions ……your blog is a sure shot venue for my better half n I, when we are on a culinary spree!!

  • Hi Maria,

    I was a silent reader of your blog for the past 3 years. I have tried many of your recipes. I used this recipe for my ifthar party this week, and it came out really good. So i couldn’t resist myself from informing you this.

    I don’t want to be a a person who enjoys the good food, but never appreciates the work behind that. I don’t understand why people find it so difficult to say the food was good if it was good. Let all the ego masks fall off.

    Many thanks dear. Keep up your good work.

    God Bless..

    • Hi Fathima,

      Thank you so much for taking time to leave a comment here, appreciate it very much :) Really happy to know that this recipe came out well for you. Belated Eid Mubarak. Hope you had a wonderful time with your loved ones.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Yummy.. yummy recipe.. here’s something I tried.. I saved extra ground masala in a container & used it the next time. I made this curry…! So, I started preparing this masala & preserving it in a glass bottle (5-6 months shelf life comfortably) & use as needed… it’s much easier & saves a lot of time!

    • Thank you very much Sumi :) It’s a wonderful idea to store the extra masala, saves you time. Thanks a lot for sharing that tip here, appreciate it very much!

      Cheers
      Maria

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