Mutton Curry(thanjavur style)

This is a traditional way of making mutton curry in my home town which is served with rice.The secret of the recipe is the freshly ground masala which is simmered with coconut paste and other spices.My mom makes this curry with shallots which gives an excellent taste to this recipe.


Mutton 1lb
Onions 2nos.( medium size)
Tomato 3 nos.(medium size)
Ginger&garlic paste 2tbs
Coconut(grated)4 tbs
Red Chilly 5-6nos.
Red chilly powder 1/2tsp
Coriander powder 2tsp
Turmeric powder 1tsp
Pepper corns(milagu) 1tsp
Fennel seeds(sombhu) 1tsp
Cumin seeds(jeeragam) 1tsp
Cinnamon stick 1 inch piece
Star anise 1no.
Curry leaves2 sprigs
Coriander leavesto garnish
Salt to taste


                  Clean and cut the mutton to the desired size and pressure cook it with turmeric powder,chilly powder,one onion, tomato and 1/2 tsp of salt for 5-6 whistles in a medium flame.Meanwhile fry the red chillies,pepper,fennel seeds and jeera in 1/2 tsp of oil and grind it to smooth paste with coriander powder and keep it aside.Then grind the coconut with fennel seeds to make a fine paste.

Heat 3tbs of oil in a pan and season it with cloves and cinnamon and fry the remaining onions till it becomes transparent.Add in the ginger&garlic paste and saute it and finally add the tomatoes and cook it till it becomes mushy.

Now add the ground paste and fry it for a while, add in salt and the mutton stock from the cooked mutton and let it boil till the raw smell goes off.At this stage add in the coconut paste and cook it for a while.To this add the cooked mutton pieces and bring it to a boil or till it reaches the desired consistency.Garnish it with coriander leaves.

Transfer it to a serving bowl.

 Ready to enjoy with rice or parota.

  • A tsp of  tamarind paste can be added for extra sourness.

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I tried this mutton curry. It came out so well. My husband loved it. I am sure this is going to be a regular in our home menu from now on. Thank you for the efforts to blog these recipes.

i am a bachlor and i tried this recipe,it came out very well which i nevr expect..first time i cooked a nice dish...thanks

instruction is very confusing esp about tomato and fennel

how much tomato to be cooked with mutton how much to be fried with onion, how much fennel seed to be fried and powdered and how much to be ground with coconut...what todo with star anise and curry leaves.... Suddenly we find we have to separated mutton and stock

Put all in pressure cooker and make 15 whistle Mutton curry ready

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Hi! This mutton curry looks delicious! The best part about your blog is that you have uploaded pictures for every step. I must say pictures, make cooking easy and fun! However, I have tried Lamb Risotto last night and it came out to be delicious!

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