Chettinad mutton chukka varuval /spicy lamb dry curry

Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
40 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4

To Marinate :

Mutton (Lamb/Goat Meat) : 450 g / 1libra

Turmeric Powder /Manjalpodi : 1/4 teaspoon

Ginger Garlic Paste /Inji - Veluthulli paste : 1/2 teaspoon

Red Chili Powder /Mulakupodi : 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

To Pressure Cook :

Red Small Onion /Shallots /Cheriyaulli : 2 tablespoons (finely chopped)

Garlic /Veluthulli : Chopped-5 pods

T-urmeric powder /Manjalpodi  : 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder /Mallipodi : 3 teaspoons

Red Chilli Powder /Mulakupodi : 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Water : 1-11/2 cup

To Grind :

Grated cocunut /Thenga Chirakiyathu : 2 tablespoons

Fennel seeds /Perumjeerakam : 1 teaspoon

Poppy Seeds /Kas kas : 1 teaspoon

For Sauteing :

Clove /Grambu : 2

Cinnamon /Patta/Karugapatta : 1 inch piece

Bay leaf /Karuva Ella : 1

Fennel seed /Perumjeerakam : 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves /Kariveppilla : 1 sprig

Red Small onion /Shallots /Cheriyaulli : 25-30 or Onion /Savola : 2 (Medium)

Tomato /Thakali : 1 (finely chopped)

Ginger- Garlic paste /Inji-Veluthulli paste :1 teaspoon

Sakthi Mutton Masala powder or Red Chilli Powder /Malukupodi : 1 teaspoon

Oil : 3 tablespoons


  • Wash and cut mutton in to small pieces, marinate with the ingredients given in To Marinate for at least 30 minutes. In pressure cooker, heat 1 tbsp of oil, add the marinated mutton and saute for couple of minutes,
  • Add all the ingredients given in "To Pressure cooker" and everything mix well, close the cooker and cook for about 8 minutes after the first whistle (after it comes to full pressure) reduce the fire to medium and then switch of the flame and let it cool naturally.
  • Meantime grind the items given in "To Grind". Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a kadai/sauce pan, saute with clove,cinnamon,bay leaf,fennel seed and some curry leaves for a minute.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, Chopped onion, chopped tomatoes till it turns to translucent. Add the grounded masala and saute well. Open the cooker and separate the mutton pieces.
  • Add the gravy left into the kadai and now add mutton masala powder or red chilli powder, mix well and adjust the salt. Keep stirring the liquid on high heat till most of the water evaporates becomes thick. (Note : stir often to avoid burning.).
  • Add the mutton pieces and fry until the mutton is well coated with masala and becomes dry. Stir in the remaining curry leaves and remove from the heat.
  • Goes well with curd rice, paratta or any roti varities, biriyanis etc. Serve hot & Enjoy!!!


Chettinad Mutton Chukka Varuval /Spicy Lamb Dry Curry, photo 1Chettinad Mutton Chukka Varuval /Spicy Lamb Dry Curry, photo 2


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