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Friday, October 29, 2021

Mutton Thengapaal Curry | Mutton Curry with Coconut milk (Step by Step Pics)

Did you know the mutton meat that we get in India is not actually 'mutton'? 🧐 
I know most of you know this fact, but I am sharing this for people who had no clues on this aspect. Mutton is the meat of an older sheep, more than two years of age or much older. And the meat we get as mutton in India is the goat's meat. There is also lamb meat available in some places, which is referred to be the meat of a sheep of above one year of age. But as per my knowledge, goat's meat is healthier compared to the actual mutton(sheep's meat). The goat's meat is less on the fat side (leaner and tougher) and contains more protein. Goat meat is low in cholesterol and saturated fats than chicken, too.

Today's post is a simple mutton  curry in a coconut milk based curry. As the name says, it's a nutty sweetly flavoured, thick and delicious curry. Though Mutton Stew is also prepared using thengapaal or coconut milk, but this recipe is different. This curry can be served with steamed rice and even with Indian staples like chapathis/ rotis / appams or even bread. What's your favourite dish with mutton? My family loves biriyani the most and then the curry recipes. I have not yet shared the mutton biriyani recipe, though make it once in a while. I have already posted a roasted coconut mutton gravy (Varutharacha mutton curry), do check that out too if interested, which is the authentic Kerala style mutton gravy. This curry is very simple to prepare and all you need more is half a cup of coconut milk. Do give this curry a try and let me know too 😊

Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
Cooking time ~ 40 minutes
Serves ~ 5-6
Author ~ Julie
mutton 750 g
hot chilly powder 1/2 tsp
pepper powder 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
water 1 cup

for masala
savala / onion 2 medium-size
shallots / kunjulli 1 cup sliced
ginger- garlic paste 2 tbsp
tomato 1 small chopped
coriander leaves 2 tbsp
curry leaves 3 sprigs
kashmiri chilly powder 1.5 tbsp
coriander powder/ malli podi  1.5 tbsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
salt to taste
coconut oil 2tbsp

to temper 
shallots 3 sliced
curry leaves, a sprig
coriander leaves 1 tbsp

  • Wash the mutton pieces under running water 3-4 times, drain water completely and place in a strainer to remove excess water.
  • Heat a cooker and add the mutton pieces, add the turmeric powder, pepper powder, chilly powder and salt. Cook the mutton by mixing all the spices and keep sautéing till the mutton leaves out water. Let the water in the mutton dry up and cook lightly(may take around 7 minutes). Then add a cup of water and cook the mutton on medium flame for 3-4 whistles, wait for the pressure to release(see the pics in the second image 1,2,3,4).

  • In another pan, add oil and add the ginger- garlic paste and sauté until the mix gets lightly crisp and is fried. To this add the sliced shallots and sauté till lightly translucent. Then, add the sliced onions and chopped coriander leaves along with curry leaves. Sauté till lightly browned, add a pinch of salt to speed it up.
  • Then, add the coriander powder on low flame and sauté till the raw smell disappears. Add the remaining spices listed in the masala on low flame and mix well till the raw smell disappears.
  • Slide in the chopped tomato and add 1/4 cup water and switch off flame. 

  • In the meantime, open the cooker after pressure is released and transfer the cooked masala to this. Mix well to combine, add salt as needed. There should be enough stock to cook the masala, if not, add water. Cover the cooker without any whistle on the lid and cook on low medium flame for another 10 minutes till the gravy thickens and masala gets combined well in the mutton. Finally, add half cup coconut milk(thick) on low flame and wait for a few bubbles to appear at the corners of the pan. Switch off flame and leave covered till serving.
  • In another pan, heat oil and add sliced shallots and curry leaves. Sauté till the shallots turn slightly browned and then finally add coriander leaves. Mix well and pour over the curry.
* If your garam masala  have fenugreek powder, omit adding separately. Adds a nice flavour.
* You can add 1/2 tsp of garam masala listed at the end while tempering. In that case add only 1 tsp in the curry and add 1/2 tsp at the end while tempering, adds a nice flavour.
* You can find the coconut milk  recipe here.


Angie's Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

This is exactly what I NEED in this grey, rainy cold Friday! So flavourful and warming :-)

Paolina said... Best Blogger Tips

Che buono! Un piatto che mi piace tantissimo, segno la tua ricetta e ci provo! Buona giornata!

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks too yummy