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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Traditional Mutton Kura ~ Lamb Curry

Traditional Mutton Kura~Lamb Curry

Winter is in the air and when the air feels crispy we all have those wild, spicy and hot cravings to munch on hot stews, soups and of course something meaty-spicy if you are a carnivore. This traditional mutton recipe, I learned it from my mother. We have meat on Sundays and Wednesday, other days are strictly vegetarian meal only. So every Sunday is like waking up with beautiful aroma from my mom's kitchen where she would be cooking mutton or chicken or some fish. She makes this special wet garam masala paste and uses it in her every non veg dish. I grew up tasting and eating this dish and thought of sharing this with you all. The secret ingredient here is grated potato to get the thick gravy base for this mutton stew/curry.

I kept postponing to post this mutton recipe for a long time now. As I noticed that I have blogged very few non-vegetarian recipes so far, presenting yet another "My Mother's creation of Magic" hope you all will enjoy!

Traditional Style Mutton Curry ~ Lamb stew

Source : My Mother
Cuisine: Andhra, South Indian
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves: 4-5 people
1 pound lamb/goat meat, cut into cubes or desired size
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 large tomato, cubed
2 green chillies, cut lengthwise
1/2 tsp turmeric powder/haldi
2 tsp red chillies powder/cayenne pepper
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 large potato, grated
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
2 tbsps of lemon juice
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp cooking oil
salt as per taste
cilantro for garnish

roast (dry ingredients) and grind into smooth paste:
1" stick of cinnamon
2 cloves
½ tsp poppy seeds/khus khus
2 tsp grated coconut (fresh or dried)
2-3 big cloves of garlic/ 5-6 small indian garlic cloves
1 inch piece of ginger (optional)
2 dried red chillies
1 tsp of cumin seeds/jeera
1 tsp of coriander seeds/dhaniya
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 tomato, coarsely chopped
2-3 green chillies
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  1. First clean the meat and cut as per your specifications, I cubed the pieces and left the meat on bone. Clean it twice under running tap water and marinate with red chilli powder, salt and lemon juice, wrap it and keep aside for 1 hr or overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Grind the wet masala paste. Meanwhile saute some onions and green chillies in 2 tbsp of cooking oil in a pressure cooker. Saute till the onions turn pink, then add the tomatoes and the prepared masala paste. Cook on high till the raw aroma is gone for about a min.
  3. Add the mutton pieces, turmeric, mint, grated potato and salt. Mix well so that the mutton pieces are evenly coated with the gravy, add little water, cover the lid and put on the whistle. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
  4. Once the pressure is off, open the cooker and check if the meat is cooked through. If you feel the curry is too watery, then cook on high for about 10 mins till the excess water evaporates. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with biryani, pulav, plain rice or rotis/chapatis or Indian flat bread.
Note: adjust your spice level accordingly while using green chillies or chilli powder.

I know I am very lazy and keep forgetting to mention a kind gesture showered upon me by Shanthi of MyKitchenHobbies. Shanti presented me "The POWER OF SCHMOOZE AWARD" last month and I kept forgetting to include in my posts, Nevertheless late!!! Shanti, sorry for late addressing this but I am really very thankful that you thought of me for this award. Thanks ra!

" The POWER OF SCHMOOZE AWARD is the award for bloggers who effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don't limit their visits only to the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship. " and as per the tradition I would like to pass this award to:

Latha N & Lakshmi of "The Yum Blog"
Meeso of "My Humble Kitchen"
Vi of "East meets West Kitchen"
Cynthia of "Tastes like Home"
Richa of "As Dear as Salt"
Lisa of "Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen"

Update 10/18/07 at 12:37 pm
For all vegetarians, you can substitute meat with soya chunks, carrots, paneer, cauliflower, and potatoes. It will turn into an interesting veggie stew. Feed your imagination and take this spicy ride!


Sig said...

oh wow, that was worth the wait Padma... Looks fantastic... Most of my mutton recipes are for thick gravy, this looks pleasantly different... and mom's recipe, I have to try it :)

Anonymous said...

Wow Padma... That looks so tasty.... and amma's recipes never go wrong!!!
I love it!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Wow! I love lamb curry, and can't wait to try this recipe. And since I have been cooking alot of biryani lately, this dish would be perfect! Also, thank you so much for the award. I'm blushing! :)

Richa said...

hey, the list of spices does sound good :) any veg magical recipes coming along for me?? ;)
Congrats on the award and Thanks for mine sweetie, that's so kind of you :)

Swaruchy said...

Padma...Curry choodadaniki chala bavundi........nenu veggie ayyundakapothe bavundedi.....:-))

Laavanya said...

I am a vegetarian but I just read your comment on Richa's blog saying I could substitute meat with potatoes and soy chunks. This gravy looks very good so I definitely should try that.
Congrats on your award Padma.

FH said...

WooHoo!! Looks like a yummy recipe. So many ingredients, must be taste fabulous.Mutton, I don't get but I will try with Lanb! Thanks P, happy Dasara:)

Jyothi said...

Hi Padma! lamb curry looks awesome. Great pics. Thanks for sharing your version.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Thanks for the award Padma!:)) I think this is the third time we are receiving schmoozer award!!
Your Red pepper is looking tasty! I must try it. I have a recipe for redpepper pickle which my co -sisters mother gave. I think after roasting I can add that masala to pickle it! I,ll share the recipe soon with you!:))

Tee said...

i can't stop drooling, looking at the picture!!! I don't cook mutton at home, but maybe i can use this gravy as a base for some other vegetable :)

Finla said...

I am drooling and drooling.
I would love just to have the gravy itself as they look so delicious. Ofcourse the mutton pieces are welcome too :-))

Mandira said...

wow, this looks fab padma! so delicious. I also like the new look of your blog. Great job!

sra said...

I prefer mutton to chicken, but we're too lazy to go out and buy it, and I don't care for frozen. Yours reminds me of my home ...

Bong Mom said...

Lovely colour of the gravy.
happy navratri Padma to you and your family. It was so nice hearing about your memories during Navratri and Durga Puja

Anonymous said...

hmm....mutton kura looks absolutely delicious. We don't add potato and remaining procedure is same. I love it and pics are looking perfect. Naaku noruvuruthundhi.

Dori said...

Thanks for that sweet award, Padma :) The mutton looks delicious! I have been wanting to cook lamb for awhile now, maybe I will try this!

Kribha said...

That looks so delicious and congrats on your award.

Apple said...

That looks so appealing n pleasant Padma..Congrats for the award..

sunita said...

The curry looks just like the one we have back home...with a lighter gravy...absolutely delicious...and congrats on the well deserved award :)

Rina said...

Padma, this is one delicious mutton kura.. Absolutely Mouth watering!!! pictures and recipe.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the award, Padma. Truly appreciated.

Because of your post, I am now craving curried lamb.

Pravs said...

Mutton being a fav..i have to try this recipe. Different from what i make. Also have to try this traditional and mom's recipe :)

Dori said...

YUM! I made this tonight for dinner and it is amazing!!! I will be posting pictures and a link to your blog because this recipe is a must try :)

Raks said...

First I thought its a non-veg dish..and then u hav said that we can replace with veggies too...
Thanx for sharing the recipe...:))

Mahek said...

you know i just love mutton curry and no one on my hubs side eats mutton and i crave for it as i just cant bring it and make it for me alone... when i saw this picture i just feel like coming over and telling to make it for me will you?

Lissie said...

i always prefer traditional recipes! padma, your mom's recipe is awesome!!! i have added this to my favourites. this is a sure try.

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Mishmash ! said...

I am drooling!!!!!!!!!!!!

sagari said...

hi padma thanks a lot for the recipe my husbend loves mutton a lot but i dont have a nice home made recipe thanks for your recipe

Seena said...

Padma, sooo tasty looking dish, want to get it with some parottas..

Chef Jeena said...

Hey Padma I just saw this mutton curry it looks great and sounds so delicious. :)

Sirisha said...

Hi Padma , I tried this recipe at home and it really came out very well....Sumptous recipe....

Aseem Saxena said...

Dear Padma,

What is preferred - fresh or desiccated coconut?

Must it be roasted?


Padma said...


Fresh coconut is preferred, if you dont have it, you can add dessicated one.... no need to roast it!!

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