Jul 3, 2012

செட்டிநாடு மட்டன் சுக்கா வறுவல் / Chettinad Mutton Chukka / Mutton Chukka Varuval /Spicy Dry Lamb Curry

Yesterday was a fun day for us, we went to purchase some furniture for our home sweet home..And came home with a little dining table which can fit perfectly in our little kitchen and a super cute dressing table..I will post the pictures of that in my photo blog soon..Off you go to the recipe..

Can you believe that this is the first mutton recipe that I am cooking and posting in my blog. Yes I have never cooked mutton in my life before. I am not a big fan of mutton as well, but my better half loves it. I got so many request from my viewers asking me to post mutton recipes in my blog. So the time has arrived and guys from now on you will find lots of mutton recipes..

Mutton chukka is probably the most famous recipe around the world. It is one of the most yummiest dish as well…I thought of making that as my first trial and it was a total hit in my family..I made this last sunday along with a herby chicken curry and a spicy chicken masala and served it over with steaming hot rice... How good is it?

Hubby loved it a lot and asked for more..That is a good sign right..I will be making more mutton recipes in the future, so stay tuned...


For adding in the pressure cooker along with marination:
Oil -1 tblspn
Onion - 1 large sliced
Tomatoes - 4 chopped finely
Green Chilli - 1
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Water - 1 cup

For Marination:
Mutton - 1/2 kg
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tblspn
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Grinding / For Masala :
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Poppy Seeds / Kasa Kasa / Khus Khus - 2 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tblspn

For Sauteing:
Coconut Oil - 3 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf- 1 tsp
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 small stick
Onion - 1 Medium Sliced
Tomato - 1 chopped
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tblspn
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Green Chilli - 2 Slit
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves / Cilantro for garnishing


Marinate the ingrediants given in the list for atleast 30 mins. Grind the ingrediants given in the list to a smooth paste by adding a little water. Set this aside till use.

Take a pressure cooker. Add a tblspn of oil. Add in onions, green chilli, curry leaves and the marinated mutton pieces.

Pour a cup of water in and mix well.

Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 3 whistle and simmer for 15 mins.

Switch off the flame and let the pressure go all by itself. My pressure cooker won't give whistle, so I cooker it for 35 mins in total.

Now heat a kadai on high heat. Add coconut oil in it.

Add fennel and cinnamon and let it crackle.

Add in onions, curry leaves, green chilli and ginger garlic paste. Saute it for a min.

Add in Tomatoes and cook till mushy. It will take around 5 mins.

Now add the mutton pieces along with any water.

Mix well on high heat.

Now add in chilli, pepper, coriander and garam masala powder and mix well.

Add the ground masala as well and mix on high heat.

Keep stirring till the gravy gets thick and the masala coats on all the mutton pieces.

Add a handful of cilantro and toss well..

Switch off the flame and serve..

Take all your ingrediants
Ingrediants for Masala
Take everything in a blender
and make into a fine puree
Take all your ingrediants for marination.
and mix well..
Heat oil in a pressure cooker
add onions, green chilli and curry leaves to that
add tomatoes
add the marinated mutton pieces
pour a cup of water
cover and pressure cook
till done..
Heat oil in a pan..Add fennel and cinnamon
add onions, chilli and curry leaves
add ginger garlic paste
and cook till mushy
add the cooked mutton pieces along with any water left
add in chilli and pepper powder
add coriander and garam masala powder
add the ground masala
and mix well
toss on high heat till it gets dry
garnish with coriander leaves


  1. Will try this soon as hubby loves mutton. Nice one

  2. yummy recipe...looks absolutely delicious...mouthwatering...

  3. Wow, what a mouth-watering recipe with good presentation. Super...... Can we do in this method with Chicken, I don't get mutton here dear. UmaRaghu/ Poland

  4. I love spicy lamb curry, must try this recipe. Thanks Diane

  5. Seriously cant take my eyes from ur irresistible click,super tempting dish.;

  6. wonderful n delicious mutton chukka...sounds spicy n inviting!!
    Spicy Treats

  7. Perfect and drool worthy,love it.

  8. this sounds so delicious - i love the spices you use - fantastic!
    Mary x

  9. I would love trying it with chicken too :D


  10. I made this a few months ago and it was such a delicious curry.. btw, we miss you at bm :( however hope you are adjusting well to married life :)

  11. hi..i wanted to have mutton chukka for a very long time....but cudn find it anywhere else so gud as in anjappar hotel...am in bangalore...and i found it difficult to get a gud chukka varuval...so i thought why dont i tahe the help of internet do it by myself...so..i tried it as said ..came out very well....my hubby loved it so much...he usually resists to eat mutton b'cos of the fatty stuff....but cudn resist eating it since it was amazingly tasty...

  12. hi AArthi ,

    have tried some of ur recipies its yum n specially i like the pic presentation tat u give its awesome .

    keep posting new recipes its great

  13. hi AArthi ,

    have tried out some of your dishes its yum .specially the pic presentation is wonderful.

  14. Hi, this is chettinad mutton varuval. Sukka varuval is only with 3 ingredients. Small Onion, Red chillies and Mutton. You can add curry leaves finally if needed..

    1. can u share the recipe of sukka varuval

  15. hi aarthi,

    I tried this mutton chukka last sunday...wow it was so yummy. My husband and my cousin loved it. Normally we prepare mutton curry and fry with homemade masala. but this time we had a good change. thank u so much.ur presentation is excellent. I love ur blog, keep on trying with ur recipes.:)

  16. I was trying in my family all said 'GOOD'... It was so yummy...I have not at all tasted like this in any hotel 'Wonderful'... Thank you so much 'Excellent'....

  17. Akka u r amazing ..... I made mutton chukka today .I'm not a lover of mutton and I never thought to have it I usually run away from mutton. But this recipe made me mouth watering while preparing . even my neighbor from the next door could smell and taste this recipe and she asked about it chukka . but the sad news is there is no remaining stuff in the kadai and the more bad news is I licked them all ... U r soooo into my heart now thank u akka

  18. I tried today and it tastes very special and good. Really a delicacy. Goes nice as a side-dish with mutton biryani!

  19. Hi mam can u post mutton thalai curry recipe...

  20. Nice dish mam... thk u for ur guidance

  21. I prepared this recipe today and it was awesome. Thank you so much fo this recipe.

  22. I tired this recipe today, it was awesome. Thank you.

  23. Yummy dish Arthi...try this soon..step by step procedure for each recepies looks great......plz visit my blog

  24. Hi Aarthy....Thanks for sharing this recipe. I tried it and everyone enjoyed it saying that it had different taste than the usual mutton fry

  25. Hi Aarthy....Thanks for sharing this recipe. I tried it and everyone enjoyed it saying that it had different taste than the usual mutton fry. UK

  26. Hi Aarthy....Thanks for sharing this recipe. I tried it and everyone enjoyed it saying that it had different taste than the usual mutton fry. UK

  27. I used to worry about cooking good authentic and flavouresome curry.I cook European and Meditteranean food as its part of my heritage but Indian was always a struggle.Just found this site after years of trying to cook decent curry.Excellent pictorialsEasy instruction,It also tastes as I think it should because my friends tell me its like their mums food.Thanks,very very impressed.Nick


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