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    Aatu Thala Curry | Lamb Head Curry | Thalakari Kulambu

    Hello Friends wish you all a very Happy Independence day

    Coming to today's recipe, Aatu Thala Curry / Lamb Head Curry is a very delicious, aromatic and authentic curry prepared in Tamil Nadu. We also call it as Thalakkari Kulambu. This curry is so delicious and goes well with rice, dosa and idli. This preparation is also adopted from my Mom who learn't it my lovable granny (her mom). It has a very nice aroma due to the addition of fennel seeds (Sombu) and cumin seeds (Jeera) and very mildly spicy. Depending on the size of the head the ingredients may vary, the lamb head we got weighed nearly 750 grams (a medium sized lamb head) and we also got the lamb brain. Some lamb heads will be very bony with less flesh and some may be too fleshy, today we got a very bony one. Fleshy ones taste great. If you get a lamb brain you can use it in the curry or do a podimas like fry separately. See that you purchase a fresh lamb brain. The gravy tastes rich but its so simple to prepare. The ingredients required for making this curry are easily available in your kitchen pantry, lets see what's required and how to prepare this authentic recipe. 

    For the other traditional Aatu Kudal Kulambu / Lamb Intestine Gravy click here!! 
    And for my other curry recipes click here and here!!


    (Serves 5)

    1. Aatu Thala / Lamb Head - 1 (i.e. 1 lamb head or 750 grams cut into medium sized pieces. If you have the lamb brain you can use it also in gravy but don't chop it)
    2. Big onion - 1 
    3. Shallots / Pearl onions - 5 (Optional)
    4. Coconut - 1/2 of a small coconut 
    5. Ginger - 2 inch piece
    6. Garlic - 2 pods 
    7. Curry leaves - Few 
    8. Red chilli powder - 3 spoons 
    9. Coriander powder - 3 spoons
    10. Turmeric powder - 1/4 spoon 
    11. Fennel seeds - 3/4 spoon
    12. Cumin seeds - 3/4spoon
    13. Mustard seeds - 1/4 spoon (Optional) 
    14. Salt - As per taste 
    15. Oil


    • Wash the pieces well in water and set aside.
    • Make a very fine paste of the following ingredients and set aside;
    (Fine Coconut Paste)
    1. Coconut - 1/2 of a small coconut
    2. Fennel seeds - 3/4 spoon 
    3. Cumin seeds - 3/4 spoon 
    4. Ginger - 2 inch small piece 
    5. Garlic - 2 pods 
    Water - As required
    • Take a pressure cooker and heat it. Then add oil (Gingelly oil preferred) and after it heats up add mustard seeds and let it splutter. 
    • Add chopped onions and saute until it turns slightly brownish.
    • Then add the washed lamb head pieces, coconut paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, and stir well.
    • Add water until the pieces gets immersed well in water. Stir well and close the cooker with the lid. Set on low flame
    • After steam oozes out of the nozzle place the whistle and cook on low flame for 15 minutes. 
    • Remove from flame after 15 minutes and after the pressure gets fully released from the cooker open the lid, then check whether the pieces are soft and cooked well. If not pressure cook for another 5 minutes. Then remove from flame and serve.
    If using lamb brain;
    • Drop the lamb brain into the cooked gravy, after opening the lid (i.e. after the previous step). See that the brain is well washed.
    • Then place on low flame and boil for another 5 minutes and leave undisturbed, do not stir. 
    • Remove from flame and serve. Do not cook for more than 5 minutes. Lamb brain is very delicate and will get cooked soon. 

    TIP 1: This curry does not require any aromatic spices yet the gravy will be so delicious and aromatic.

    TIP 2: Try to use fresh lamb brain because it will get spoiled soon. 

    TIP 3: Using a pressure cooker will reduce the cooking time. Yet you can use a pot and cook for 30-40 minutes on low flame.

    TIP 4: Add poppy seeds if you wish to enhance the flavor.

    TIP 5: Do not chop lamb brain before adding it to gravy and do not cook for a longer time because it will dissolve in the gravy.

    Lip-smacking and delicious Gravy is now ready serve with Hot rice!!

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    1. Replies
      1. Taste it once and you will love it :)

    2. Mmmm...you make me more hungry now:) Tasted it long back...very nice post dear. Happy Independence day!

    3. Never tried or tasted it, very new to me. Looks amazing curry. Nice clicks and colour.

      1. Thanks Sanoli :) Try it am sure you will want to prepare it often then!!

    4. yum yum yum !! thanks for sending it to my event and using the logo

    5. Curry looks divine.. very traditional and authentic..

    6. Delicious curry Divya,looks yum.

    7. looks so tempting clicks are fabulous

    8. inviting dear!! rush your recipes for Fast Food Event - Noodles event.

    9. Very interesting recipe!!! From the other comment, I'm guessing this is a traditional dish in India?? Thanks for sharing :)

      1. Yes Suzanne its a very traditional preparation from south India..Glad to share it :)

    10. Delicious curry. I heard lot about it.

      1. Am sure you must have heard praises about this curry!! It tastes awesome :)

    11. what a delicious, creamy curry. I love it with lamb!

    12. I have never tasted lamb head.. Interesting dish!! Neat presentation.

      1. Thank you Divya :) Taste it next time if you get a chance it tastes really great!!

    13. Curry looks fantastic.. awesome Divya

    14. Curry looks very inviting, but I am not sure if I am brave enough to eat the lamb head :P

      1. I got the bravery when I was in standard 8!! You won't believe this is my favorite curry and favorite part of lamb :) Tastes really awesome...Common give a try sometime!!

    15. Super delicious lamb curry


    16. I'm always amazed at the different types of curry. This looks fantastic!!

    17. Hi Divya
      Thanks for stopping by dear. You too have a nice space here. Love to follow you.

      1. Welcome to my space Deeksha :)Thank you so much.. Do visit again!!

    18. lovely clicks divya.. i never tasted lamb head curry before.. but will give it a try now :)

      1. Do try it Preeti am sure you will love it :) And thanks for the kind appreciation :)

    19. sounds very yummy and delicious.. never tried this..will try it soon.

      1. Thanks dear..Try it out and share the feedback with us :)

    20. Delicious curry. superb photos....

    21. Delicious curry nice presantation

    22. WOW!!! i must try it....tasted it before my marriage :)

      1. It tastes awesome right?? Thank you!!


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