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Jun 16, 2014

Chettinad Mutton Curry Recipe / Chettinad Mutton Kuzhambu Recipe

I am up with a special curry from chettinad, i love their cuisine, they are spicy, flavourful, full of freshly roasted masala and spice powders. No ready ground spice powders are allowed in ther kitchens. How cool is that. This curry is a perfect example for that. It has tons and tons of flavours packed in it..Just give this a try and let me know how it turned out for you..

In the mean time, check out my another version of mutton kuzhambu and other chettinad recipes..

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 1 hour 15 mins
Serves : 5 to 6


Oil -  3 tblspn
Shallots / Sambar Onions - 20 sliced thinly
Green Chilli - 2 slit
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tblspn
Tomatoes - 3 large chopped finely
Salt to taste
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Mutton / Lamb - 1/2 kg / 500 grams
Water as needed
Coriander Leaves a handful finely chopped

Whole Spices:
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 inch stick
Cardamom pods / Elakai - 2
Cloves / Krambu - 3
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tsp

For Chettinad Spice Powder:
Dry Red Chilli - 6 to 8 or to taste
Whole Coriander Seeds / Mullu Malli - 4 tblspn
Cinnamon Stick / Pattai - 5 cm stick
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tblspn
Whole Peppercorns - 1 tblspn
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Cardamom Pods / Elakai -  5
Star Anise - 1

For Coconut Masala:
Coconut - 1 cup
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tblspn


Grind coconut and fennel seeds to a smooth paste by adding some water. Set aside till use.

Heat a kadai. Dry roast all the spices given till they are golden. Remove them to a blender and make into a fine powder. Set aside till use.

Heat oil in the same kadai or a pressure cooker. Add in the whole spice and let them sizzle for a min.

Add in shallots, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute till light golden.

Now add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a couple of mins.Add in salt and turmeric powder and mix well.

Add in tomatoes and saute till they are completely mushed up.

Add in the spice powder and toss well. Add in the washed mutton pieces and add some water. 

Now if you are making this in pressure cooker then cover it up and cook for 5 whistle, simmer the flame for 15 to 20 mins. Turn the heat off and let the pressure go all by itself. 

Now open the cooker and add in coconut masala, more water if needed and mix well.

Cover and simmer for 15 to 20  mins till the oil separates on top.

Add in coriander leaves and mix well.

Serve this curry over rice or roti.

Take coconut and fennel seeds in a blender

make into a smooth puree

Now take all your other stuffs, lots of it indeed...
Roasting Spices

Start by roasting your whole spices

this is your chettinad spice powder

take them in a blender

powder them
Heat oil in a kadai, add in fennel, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves

add in shallots, curry leaves and green chillies

add a good amount of ginger garlic paste

Add some salt and turmeric powder

in goes some tomatoes

cook till tomatoees turn mushy

add the spice powders

saute them for a min

add in mutton

toss well in the masala

transfer the whole thing to pressure cooker

Add some water

cover and cook

now it is cooked

add coconut paste

mix well

cover and simmer

cook till oil floats

add in coriander leaves

mix well



  1. I love fiery spicy chettinad cuisine ur mutton dish looks too inviting

  2. Delicious and lovely looking mutton curry recipe. Excellent preparation.

  3. Curry looks delicious...love your presentation....superb..

  4. add recent comment tool so u can help them by answering on relevent post, u hav more 1000 post,

    and choose by recipe tool, bcz by i cant find ur old recipe,

  5. Perfect Mutton Curry , for all those who enjoy high quality food """Gourmet""" south Indian style of cooking rocks...

  6. Gonna try this recipe now. It looks yummy :) will post you once i finish cooking.

  7. We tried it in our home. it was very tasty

  8. We tried it in our home. it was very tasty

  9. We tried it in our home. It was very tasty :)

  10. Hi

    We do not get sambar onions. Can we use normal onions? How many should I use?

    Thanks a lot. I love your blog!

  11. Not good. I tried as said but doesn't come good.

  12. @AnonymousI am sorry that it didn't turn out good for you, what problem did you face


  13. Good recipe with nice presentation.Delicious and wonderful looking very nice and yummy..
    chowringhee satya niketan

  14. Superb n mouth watering taste..tq fr d recepie

  15. @nayana
    Agreed, fantastic recipe! thanks so much. I cooked mine in a pure clay pot. it turned out much better than a pressure cooker or a non-stick tawa. I got my pure clay pot from Miriams Earthen Cookware (online).

  16. It's on the stove now! My house smells delicious already! Can't wait to eat it!

  17. Hi Aarthi ..we made it for dinner yesterday night..turned out gr8 .....Thank you for the recipe :) !

  18. wow. yummy taste. the smell spreads all over the street. thank you.

  19. I tried it in home, it was very yummy and tastes delicious.. Thanks for giving such a superb recipe.. :-)

  20. Joy

    Hi Aarthi I tried out this recipe it came out awesome and tasted good... It was my first try with mutton.. Thanks for sharing it...

    If u add mace in the recipe it will give more authentic flavours...

  21. Iam weekend coock in my home. I love cooking. This chettinad muttin curry turned to be awsome. My kids really enjoyed and my wife liked it immediately. It is a excellent tasty revipie. I have followed the instructions exactly. The flavour texture taste all are awsome. Thanks for the recipie,
    Kishore kesani

  22. Hi me again... Couldn't help posting this comment.. The dry spice powder of this recipe I had some leftovers and I used for other gravy dishes sprinkling it at the end.. It simply took the dishes to another level thank you... I always see to that I have some of this aromatic , tasty masala with me...

  23. Hi arthi mam. I am a beginner in cooking...it was my first try with mutton..I coudnt believe that I made it..jus followed what you did...u won't believe it came out paakkkaaaa!!!!!thank you soooo much for posting this

  24. I tried this noon Aarti. It came out perfect. Your Blog makes my cooking easier and yummy..

  25. I tried the recipe today at home and it turned out really well. I really like your cooking style.

  26. hi.... can i skip tomatoes if i am allergic ???


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