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Chettinad Mutton Kulambu Recipe


Chettinad cuisine is a real delight for meat lovers. The unique blend of the spices used in the Chettinad preparations make the curries totally irresistible for your taste- buds. The fragrant spices give the Chettinad curries a burst with some delectable flavours and make the dish look so tempting that you just cannot stop yourself from tasting it.

Here is a famous Chettinad mutton kulambu recipe which is sure to delight your taste-buds. Kulambu in Tamil refers to a kind of gravy. The mutton pieces are cooked in a thick masala based gravy. The main trick of this mutton recipe is to get the quantity of the masala right. The masala paste lends the whole flavour to this recipe.

So, check out this delectable Chettinad mutton kulambu recipe and give your taste-buds a sumptuous treat.

Serves: 3-4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes


  • Mutton- ½ kg (cut into pieces)
  • Cinnamon stick- 1
  • Cloves- 2
  • Cardamoms- 2
  • Star anise- 1
  • Onions- 2 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger-garlic paste- 2tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1tsp
  • Tomatoes- 2 (chopped)
  • Coconut milk- 1 cup
  • Salt- as per taste
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves- 2tbsp (chopped)
  • Oil- 3tbsp

For Masala Paste

  • Cinnamon stick- 1
  • Cloves- 2
  • Cardamom- 2
  • Cumin seeds- 1tsp
  • Fennel seeds- 1tsp
  • Dry red chillies- 5
  • Coriander seeds- 3tsp
  • Coconut- 3tbsp (grated)
  • Cashews- 5


1. Wash the mutton pieces properly and then marinate it with turmeric and salt. Keep it aside.

2. Heat a pan and dry roast all the ingredients listed under 'for masala paste' for about 3-4 minutes on medium flame.

3. Switch off the flame and then let the masala cool down completely. Grind the ingredients with about half a cup of water in a mixer into a thick paste.

4. Heat oil in a pan and add cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, star anise and onion. Fry for about 4-5 minutes on medium flame till the onions turn golden brown.

5. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes.

6. Add chopped tomatoes and the prepared masala paste. Cook for 5-6 minutes on medium flame.

7. Now add the marinated mutton and mix well. Add salt and water.

8. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and let it cook on low flame. Allow 4 whistles to blow.

9. After 4 whistles switch off the flame and let the steam come out.

10. Once the steam comes out completely, add coconut milk to the mutton. Switch on the flame again and bring the curry to boil.

11. Let the curry cook for 5 minutes on low flame.

12. Once done, switch off the flame and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

The finger licking Chettinad Mutton Kulambu recipe is ready to be served. Enjoy this delicious mutton recipe with fried rice or rotis.

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Story first published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 12:32 [IST]