Chettinad special Mutton Kuzhambu/Curry

Mutton Kuzhambu/Mutton Curry:

The popular dish Chettinad mutton curry is proudly served on the second day of marriage to the newly married couple and relatives, as a great feast, It includes a long menu, Mutton curry,Mutton soup,Fish fry, boiled eggs and Chettinad chicken as special treat.

The distinctive fresh ground spices used in the dish gives an aromatic and delightful  flavour to the Chettinad mutton kuzhambu/curry.Tender goat meat is used for this gravy,Cooking any meat at low temperatures results in a more tender and flavourful product with more juice. The sautéing process should be done perfectly to enhance the flavour of the dish.

Mutton kuzhambu
                                                                      Mutton kuzhambu

For roast and grind masala (Garam masala powder)

Cloves – 3

Green Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon stick – 1/2 inch

Star anise – 1

Black stone flower) – 1tsp

Mace  – 1 flower

Nutmeg – a very small piece, or 1/4th tsp

Coriander seeds – 2tsp

Cumin seeds – 1tsp

Black pepper seeds – 1/2 tsp

Fennel seeds – 1 tsp

Ingredients used for mutton Gravy:(serves 4 persons)

Mutton 1/4 kg

Onion shallots-9 nos

Garlic-5 nos

Tomato-1 big

Curry leaves-2 twigs

Tamarind juice-1/2 tsp (added for all non-vegetarian dishes by my mother)

11100182_874161455958799_1881984775_nGaram masala powder-1 1/2 tsp

Masala powder-3 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Salt-1 1/2 tsp

Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp

To grind paste: (optional, gives you rich gravy)

Coconut-1 tbsp

Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Fennel seeds-1 tsp

Pepper corns-1/2 tsp

Kasakasa(poppy seeds)-1 heap tsp

11132048_874161435958801_779885093_nMethod to prepare:

1.Heat pan with 1 tbsp of oil, season it with fennel seeds 1/2 tsp, add chopped Onion, curry leaves and garlic, saute well for few minutes.

2.Add Ginger garlic paste, Turmeric powder and Garam masala powder, saute for a minute.

3.Add Mutton pieces saute in low flame for 5 to 7 minutes until it oozes out its juice.

11144703_874161349292143_1273738735_o4.Add Chopped tomato saute until it leaves its skin, add salt, stir well.

5.Add the masala powder and 3 cups of water pressure cook for 4 whistles in medium low flame.

6.When the pressure releases, add ground coconut paste and allow it to boil for 5 minutes.

7.Add chopped coriander leaves and serve with hot cooked rice.

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