Kerala Style Mutton stew / Lamb stew


  1. 1 kg / 2 lb of mutton /lamb – washed, cleaned and cut into pieces

  2. 1 1/4 cup of sliced onion

  3. 1 1/2 tbsp of finely chopped or grated ginger

  4. 1 1/2 tbsp of finely chopped or grated garlic

  5. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder

  6. 1/2 tsp of pepper powder

  7. 1-2 green chillies slit

  8. 2 strands of curry leaves

  9. 2 whole cardamom

  10. 2 cloves

  11. 2 cinnamon sticks

  12. 2 star anise 

  13. 1 tbsp of coriander powder

  14. 1/2 tbsp of garam masala

  15. Salt to taste

  16. 1 cup of thin coconut milk – refer tips if using whole milk

  17. 1/2 cup of thick coconut milk

  18. 2-3 tbsp of oil – preferably coconut oil

For garnishing

  1. 1 tbsp of ghee/ clarified butter

  2. Split cashews as required

  3. 2-3 sliced Shallots

Method: In a pressure cooker, add the mutton/ lamb pieces, half the amount of sliced onion, half the amount of grated garlic, half the amount of grated ginger, turmeric powder, pepper powder, 1 strand of curry leaves, and salt. Mix it well and add about 2-3 tbsp of water in it. Keep it aside for about 20 minutes. Pressure cook the meat until the mutton/lamb pieces get tender and cooked, 1 whistle on high heat, followed by 3 whistles on medium heat. In a skillet, pour in the oil. Once hot, turn the heat to medium, and add the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise. Once they start giving out a nice aroma, add the remaining sliced onions, ginger, garlic and curry leaves and sauté well. Once the onions are tender, add coriander powder and garam masala and mix well. Add thin coconut milk and let it come to a boil.  Add the cooked mutton/lamb pieces and the thick coconut milk and mix well. Let it cook until the gravy just starts to boil. Adjust the salt and remove it from the heat. In another skillet, heat the ghee and roast the cashews in it. Drain the roasted cashews and spread it on top of the stew. In remaining ghee, caramelize the sliced shallots and spread it on top of stew. Serve it hot with some Bread or Appam or Chapati.

Notes:  You could add carrot and potato pieces when sautéing the onion for the gravy, if you wish to. You could add in ghee roasted raisins as well to garnish the stew.

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