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Mutton Coconut Curry | South Indian Lamb Curry | Meat Indian Curry Recipe

Most south Indian curries are known for their coconut in them. This one is no different its with coconut and a perfect accompaniment for rice/roti/idly/dosa, such a versatile curry. Make sure you made a big batch since it will vanish in no time :-). My absolute favorite and usually Amma makes it every Sunday for breakfast to pair it with soft idlies. Her version is adding some potato to it and that's what I have done today. 
Recipe Source ~ Amma
Serves ~ 2 generously
Cook & Prep time ~ 45 mins


Mutton/ Baby Lamb - 500 gms/ 1/2 kg

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Potato - 2 large skin pealed, quartered 
Onion - 1 larger chopped
Tomato - 2 large chopped
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tbsp (3 fat cloves & 1/4 "ginger)
Cinnamon - 1 " piece
Cardamom - 3
Cloves - 3
Bay leaf - 1
Red chili powder - 1-2 tsp (adjust according to heat)
Coriander powder - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves (to garnish)
Oil - 2 tbsp

To Grind

Shredded fresh coconut - 1/4 cup

Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Green chili - 2-3 (adjust according to heat)
water - 2 tbsp ( to make a smooth paste)


  • Wash the mutton in cold running water several times and set aside draining every bit of water. In a pressure cooker boil 2 cups water and add turmeric powder, salt and the washed mutton pieces. Pressure cook for 6-8 whistles until soft and tender. Peal potato and quarter them
  • In a wide non stick pan heat oil. Once hot add the whole spices one by one starting from bay leaf, cinnamon  cardamom, cloves. Once they release aroma add the onions and saute for 3-4 minutes until transparent. 
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and let it cook until raw smell goes away this will take 4 minutes. Now add the tomato and let it cook for 4 minutes until it turns mushy. 
  • Add the spice powders coriander powder, red chili powder and salt, add little of the water from cooked mutton and cook covered until spices blend well.
  • Now slowly add the cooked mutton, peeled potato and cook covered for 15 minutes in medium/ high heat. Now grind the coconut, fennel seeds and green chili with little water into a smooth paste (You can add few cashew for extra flavor)
  • Now as the curry is boiling add the coconut paste and mix, let it cook covered for another 10 minutes until well cooked
Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves with rice, idly/dosa

Cooks Wisdom 

- Pressure cook mutton/ lamb following your own method, I usually cook it for 8-10 whistles as I love the meat to be tender and not chunky
- You can also add peas to this recipe, but there will be difference in flavor
- Always use fresh grated coconut and freshly made ginger-garlic paste for great flavor
- This curry stays good for unto 3 days and can be reheated before meals.
- If you don't like the taste of fennel just skip it
- Increase of decrease the use of red chili powder as per your heat tolerance.


  1. Wow! mouth watering here..Pass me that plate..

  2. gonna grab that plate of steaming rice and mutton curry dear!!!! So mouthwatering...tummy making so much noise now...hehe

  3. same as my mom preparation...tempting PR

  4. Mouthwatering recipe ....We cant have Non-Veg for next ten days :)

  5. oh wow... love that second picture...

  6. Delicious tempting curry

  7. my mom also makes it similar priya.. what a torture u are giving me now :( couldn't even taste it..

  8. Delicious and mouthwatering preparation...

  9. Super mutton kuzhambu, I just love it. Wish I was there to eat it.

  10. Lovely and inviting pictures.. Truly delicious !!

  11. never tried mutton with coconut Priya. thanks for sharing this.nice pics.

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  13. Beautiful background sis.. Nice clicks too..Curry looks just like my mom's curry.. :)

  14. Yummyilicious and fingerlicking gravy, love to enjoy with a bowl of rice.Nothing will beat mom's dishes na.

  15. Drooling !! Such a perfect looking gravy :) Am hungry for some mutton now !!

  16. delicious and fantastic gravy,so tempting.nice clicks.

  17. smoke effect nalla vandachi dear..hope amma is feeding you happily :) curry looks spicy:)

  18. Priya,can't resist here...U r making to pack and go back to my mom's palce:) Tell amma she is really rocking...

  19. OMG, I can't say no to any mutton dishes in particular..Super

  20. i simply loved this platter/ inviting

  21. Mouthwatering curry dear...I love to grab that plate of steaming rice..Awesome background all looks are tempting :)

  22. All clicks are too tempting dear especially the last pic love to grab that steamed plate...Mouthwatering curry...

  23. killer post, drooling over the mutton curry,yummy!!!!

  24. the curry looks absolutely divine..your mom must be a fabulous cook and you certainly have got her trait, Priya!

  25. We too add potato n drumstick to mutton curry, this looks so yummy n just like my mom's curry :)
    Yes this will vanish in no time, best accompaniment with hot soft idlis...inviting clicks dear!

  26. Delicious and flavorful mutton Kuzhambu.. Looks very inviting dear!

  27. Yummylicious kuzhambu!! love your header..


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