Mutton Curry

Hi friends..Wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year!! Hope 2011 brings lots of happiness and joy to everyone’s life…Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too !
I was away on a 1 month vacation to India! We had a stopover at Dubai for 3 days to visit my sister and family. We visited Lakshmi and her cute baby boy too. They both are doing good. Overall we had a great time but the trip was so hectic that I guess I will be relaxing for the next two months. Lots of things to catch up now!
Though I had been super busy in Kerala, I managed to photograph a few of my mother’s and MIL’s nadan recipes which I will post over time. And today I am posting a nadan mutton curry recipe which is a personal favorite of mine and definitely you would love it too….

Nadan Mutton Curry / Kerala Mutton Curry


1. Mutton / Lamb – 1/2 kg, washed and cubed

2. Pearl onions – 1/4 kg, peeled

   Ginger – 2 inch piece, roughly chopped

   Garlic – 10 small cloves

   Green chilies – 2

3. Tomato – 1 small, chopped

4. Curry leaves – 1 – 2 sprigs

5. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

   Chilly powder – 2 – 3 tsp (Adjust according to your spice tolerance. You can use kashmiri chilly powder if you want it less spicy.)

   Coriander powder – 1.5 tbsp

   Pepper powder – 1.5 – 2 tsp

   Garam masala powder – 2.5 tsp (Click here to find the recipe for home-made garam masala powder)

6. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

7. Salt – To taste

8. Coconut oil -   2 tbsp


1. Crush the pearl onions, ginger, garlic and green chilies in the small jar of a mixie.

2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. (You can either splutter the mustards now or after the curry is done as mentioned in step 3) Add in the crushed mixture mentioned in step 1 and saute until they turn light brown. Add the tomatoes and saute for a few minutes or until the tomato is mashed up and oil starts separating. Now add the turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, pepper powder and garam masala powder. Stir for a minute or until their raw smell is gone and oil separates. Add the mutton pieces, few curry leaves and enough salt. Stir for 1 – 2 minutes and add enough water (around 1/2 – 3/4 cup). Cover with the lid and pressure cook for about 2 – 3 whistles. Bring down the heat and cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until the mutton is cooked well. Remove from heat. Open the pressure cooker when the pressure releases and taste check for salt. Adjust the gravy according to your required consistency. Add 2 pinches of garam masala and mix well.

3. Heat 2 tsp coconut oil in a small pan and splutter mustards. Throw in a few curry leaves and pour this tadka over the curry. Keep aside for 30 minutes before serving. Serve hot with chapathi, rice, appam, paratha or even dosa/idli.


1) You can add around 1/2 cup coconut milk to this curry for an extra taste. Add it after opening the pressure cooker and heat at low flame for around  5 mts. Switch off.

2) You can replace the pearl onions with two medium sized onions but it will be much tastier with pearl onions.




  1. wow..spicy n lovely mutton curry…hapi new yr dear..may all ur wishes be fullfilled this yr

  2. looks awesome and delicious…Wishing you and family a happy and prosperous 2011….

  3. Mutton curry looks delicious. Happy new year to you.

  4. Wow very tempting mutton curry, my kind luv it

  5. wonderful recipe and great clicks.
    wish you and your family a very happy new year.

  6. Mutton Curry looks awesome. Loved the recipe.

    A very Happy New Year to you and your entire Family.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Wow! Looks mouthwatering. Looking forward more yummy recipes from your mom and mil.

  8. wanna taste with hot soft chapatis now..
    My Heartiest wishes for 2011..:)
    Tasty appetite

  9. Fingerlicking and mouthwatering curry,so tempting..

  10. This looks mouthwatering!

  11. OMG OMG..entha oru color..Adipoli ennu etra thavana parayanam ennariyanillallo..Super da…

  12. Happy new year dear !!!

  13. this looks so irresistible… yumm!

  14. delicious curry….please do participate in my christmas /new year party event

  15. Delicious and spicy mutton curry..superb
    Happy New Year!

  16. Happy New Year.Thats a beautiful preparation.

  17. Welcome back :-) nadan is the best, alle..kidilan ayittundu ketto…Happy New year to you both !!

  18. Wow looks absolutely yummy :) The color is really tempting.

  19. Very tempting click..Ur Mutton curry looks irresistible..Gd to know u had a good vacation and got a chance to eat all the good food…Wishing you and ur family a happy 2011.

  20. mutton curry looks delicious and inviting…very tempting…

  21. wow, this looks delicious. I love mutton and am gonna try it soon.

  22. this is really tempting one tto…

  23. i want to try it looks good.
    when you say pepper powder is it black pepper?

  24. Yes, I was referring to black pepper powder. Hope you will like this recipe..Waiting for your feedback :)

  25. thanks I will try and let u know the feed back.
    I do want to say that I love this website,I have referred it to my friends they also love it. I have tried many things from the site and it came out pretty good. The pictures are very attractive.

  26. Thanks a lot, Beena..You made my day :) A big thanks for referring our site to your friends and for trying out our recipes. Please do post your comments/suggestions on any recipes that you try. Thanks again..


  27. I finally made this mutton curry for the first time. It came out really good. My husband loved it. Thanks :)

  28. Thanks for the feedback, Beena..Am really happy that you liked it :) Hope you will try out more recipes from our blog..

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