My grandmom’s recipe of Kerala style mutton stew

This is a family recipe of a very popular preparation from Kerala-MUTTON STEW. We usually have this with Appam or Idiyappam for breakfast. Mutton is simmered in coconut milk, spices and curry leaves and imparts its flavour from that. This is a very soulful preparation that brings nostalgia to me.

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala
Servings: 5 people
Author: Anupama Prem


  • 1 kg Mutton curry cut, washed and cleaned
  • 2 nos Medium sized onions chopped
  • 10 nos Shallots chopped
  • 2 nos Large Tomatoes chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 5-6 nos Green chillies halved
  • 1/2 tbsp Whole garam masala
  • 3 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 cup Thin coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Thick coconut milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 6-7 nos Curry leaves
  • 2 cups Water to boil mutton


  • Cook the mutton in a pressure cooker for 12-15 minutes with salt and turmeric powder and water. 
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a thick bottomed pan, add whole garam masalachopped onions, shallots, and sliced green chillies. Saute for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes more. You can cover the vessel at this point and cook the ingredients on a low flame.
  • Add turmeric powder and coriander powder. Cook until the raw smell of the spices are gone.
  • Add the cooked mutton and stir the ingredients thoroughly. Add the thin coconut milk at the point along with the curry leaves. Cover with a lid and cook the mutton for 10-12 minutes on low flame.
  • Add the thick coconut milk once the mutton is cooked. Adjust the seasoning.
  • Finish the curry with freshly ground pepper powder and garam masala and more curry leaves.
    Serve hot.


The quantity of green chillies would vary depending on its level of heat.Please adjust accordingly.
Also, if you do not have a pressure cooker you may cook the mutton in the onion and tomato mix after adding the spices for about 40-50 minutes.
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