Chettinad Mutton Curry

Chettinad mutton curry is prepared with freshly ground spices and coconut. Mutton biryani is my favourite recipe with mutton, but at times I prefer to have mutton curry with Rice or pulao especially ghee rice( nei choru ). At home, On Sundays, mostly lunch will be mutton curry and rice, the leftover curry will be paired with Dosa or Idiyappam at night.

Usually, I follow my mom’s mutton curry recipe at times I try something different for a change, one such recipe is this Chettinad mutton curry. The freshly roasted ingredients give a nice taste and aroma to the dish.

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Let’s see how to make this Curry.

Preparation Time : 10 mins

Cooking Time : 30 mins

Serves – 3 to 4


For Dry roasting and Grinding

Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Fennel seeds – 1 tsp

Peppercorns – 1 tsp

Cinnamon – a small piece

Cardamom – 1

Cloves – 2

Star anise – 1/2

Dried Red chillies – 6

Grated coconut – 4 tbsp

Poppy seeds – 2 tsp

For Curry

Groundnut oil – 2 to 3 tbsp

Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cinnamon – a small piece

Cardamom – 2

Cloves – 2

Bay leaves – 1

shallots – 25(sliced)

Curry leaves – a few

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp

tomato – 1 ( medium sized ,chopped)

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Mutton – 350 g

Coriander leaves – a few


1. Dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise, dried red chillies in low flame until a nice aroma comes out. Then add grated coconut. Roast it to light golden. Then switch off the flame and add poppy seeds if using it and roast it. Allow it to cool down then transfer it into a blender and grind it into a smooth paste.

2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, when its hot add fennel seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaves. Let them splutter. Then add the sliced shallots. Saute it to light golden. Then add curry leaves, ginger garlic paste. Saute until the raw smell leaves. Add chopped tomatoes. Saute until the tomatoes turn mushy. Add turmeric powder, ground paste,1/2 cup of water and mix well. cook in medium flame and stir in between until the oil begins to appear.

3. Add cleaned mutton pieces into it and mix well,add 1/2 cup of water,salt as required and pressure cook until the mutton gets tender. Finally add chopped coriander leaves into it.

Chettinad mutton curry is ready.

Serve with Rice,Idli , dosa , appam or Idiyappam.

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