Sunday 26 August 2012

Mutton Kulambu | Lamb Curry

Mutton Kulambu or Kari kulambu or aatu kari kulambu as we call, has a lot of spices added to it and has a good aroma and a rich tasting gravy with tender and succulent lamb pieces in it. This gravy is set to be on the menu-card for every Sundays in our home, sometimes mom makes a twist in the menu-card by making mutton masala, a no ginger, no garlic and no tomato preparation; interesting isn't it?, then just click here to take a look at it. This mutton kulambu goes well with hot rice and can be best accompanied with sides like Muttaikose poriyal (Cabbage stir-fry, click here and here for recipe). Usually after having rice with this gravy we finish of the meal with rasam rice (i.e. rasam mixed with rice, click here for rasam and click here for lemon rasam) this helps ease digestion and is a tasty way to finish the meal too. Love this plate? then try it soon. Also goes well with all Indian bread varieties, dosa and idlis. A great tip to get tasty mutton gravy is to add some bony pieces of mutton/lamb and if you are not too conscious of health add some fatty lamb pieces too, you will get awesome flavors and a good tasting gravy. Now lets see what's needed and how to prepare this curry. 


  1. Mutton / Lamb - 250 grams (With bones preferred)
  2. Potatoes - 2 (peeled and cubed or chopped into larger pieces)
  3. Coconut - 1/4 th of a coconut (either chop or grate it)
  4. Ginger - 1 inch long piece
  5. Garlic - 2 pods  
  6. Big onions - 1 (chopped) 
  7. Tomato - 2 (finely chopped) 
  8. Curry leaves - Few 
  9. Red chilli powder - 2 teaspoons (Reduce if you do not want it spicy)
  10. Coriander powder - 3 teaspoons 
  11. Pepper powder - 1 teaspoon (Reduce if you do not want it spicy) 
  12. Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon 
  13. Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon 
  14. Fennel seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  15. Cardamom pods - 2 
  16. Cloves - 1 + 1
  17. Cinnamon stick - Two small sticks 
  18. Star anise - 2 
  19. Salt - As per taste 
  20. Oil - 5 spoons 


  • Make a fine paste of the following 8 ingredients and set aside; 
(Fine coconut paste)
1. Coconut pieces - 1/4 of a coconut 
2. Ginger - 1 inch piece
3. Garlic - 2 pods 
4. Cumin seeds - 1/2 spoon
5. Fennel seeds - 1/2 spoon 
6. Cardamom pods - 2 
7. Cloves - 1 
8. Cinnamon stick - A small stick
  • Place the pressure cooker's pan on flame add oil and after it heats up add 2 star anise, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 clove, curry leaves, sliced onions and saute until the onion turns translucent. 
  • Then add tomatoes and saute well till it turns pulpy.
  • Add the fine coconut paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, pepper powder, turmeric powder, salt and stir well.
  • Add the mutton/lamb pieces, cubed potatoes and 2 cups of water and stir well.
  • Close the pressure cooker with a lid and wait until the steam oozes out of the lid's nozzle; then place the whistle now on the nozzle and cook on low flame for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove from flame and open the lid only after the pressure gets released by itself.
  • If the pieces have not got cooked to tender soft then pressure cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Serve!!

TIP 1: Instead of adding the coconut paste as such you can extract the milk from it and add it to the preparation. In such cases use atleast half of a coconut while making the paste.

TIP 2: You can also avoid potatoes if you wish, but adding potatoes will give you increase in consistency and enhances flavor too.

Delicious and Aromatic Mutton Curry / Lamb Curry is now ready!! Enjoy with Hot rice!! 

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  1. Wow..Delicious looking curry....

  2. Mutton curry looks super good.. really flavourful..:)

  3. Lovely colour and mouthwatering...

  4. Mouthwatering,delicious looking curry.

  5. Delicious!

  6. mouthwatering Divya...attractive color...

  7. superb Divya, I will sure try this sometime... Even I love to have potatoes in my mutton and chicken curry will soon put some of my curries...

    1. Potatoes give a nice flavor na Priya :) Waiting to see your curries soon :)

  8. Its been quite a while since i have eaten mutton now & your recipes tempt me a lot, mouthwatering curry

    1. Thank you so much Shweta :) Do try them soon!!

  9. mutton kuzhambu with potatoes sounds interesting, my Grand mom usually add drumstick to mutton kuzhambu...looks very inviting!

    1. Drumstick is really sounding interesting because I have heard people using potatoes :) And thanks for the appreciations :)

  10. Nice lamb curry, like the addition of potatoes makes it more filling! tempting I must say!

    1. Yeah Gauri its more filling and gives a good flavor too :)

  11. my fav curry :) i always like the way my mom prepares it.. will try this too..

  12. Mouth Watering....would taste delicious with idli...

    1. Yeah Arthy :) good with chapatis and dosas too

  13. Wow...This kulambu is a must try..Truly awesome delicious !

  14. I have never cooked mutton at home, your recipes tempt me to try Divya! looks colorful and delicious!

    1. Do try it once Swathi then you will get used to cooking mutton :) and thanks for the appreciation dear :)

  15. Oh yes please, I'm salivating LOL.

    This would be another fab recipe for THE SOUP KITCHEN All bloggers are welcome to join in.

  16. hey divya its looks great... n yes divy am from dindigul... here venu and thalapakattu biriyanis famous... in my family all are biriyani lovers especially my brother n sister... come to my home i ll give feast to you...

    1. Fine Viji..Got it now thalapakatti biryani right?? Will surely come to disturb you :) And when I come I need chicken biryani ok?

  17. Tasty recipe the flavor of it :)

  18. OMG! super tempting curry. Wonderful.

  19. Thanks Divya, another delicious recipe for The Soup Kitchen event.

    1. Thanks dear :) Its my pleasure to participate in your event!!

  20. Hai..first tym in ur blog.
    I tried this curry today all are same except d meat.I used without,In my house they think little spicy.I used tea spoon for the masalas but dont know where is the mistake.
    Though its spicy,I liked it are not mentioning tomatoes in d ingriedents but in the steps you said us to add it.I used one little tomato.Is that ok?
    Kindly concern this.
    Lovely picture......hope I too make like dis one day.

    1. Hi Mymoon Raheema, Thanks for trying my recipe. Actually I make spicy curries , but this one is really not that spicy, I have used very little chilli powder here,you have mentioned that you have used just 2 teaspoons, then it must definitely not be that spicy. But there is a difference in the heat level between store bought red chilli powder and the mill ground red chilli powder. We use the mill ground one, it is very less spicy compared to the store bought ones, if so this must answer your question :) And yes I have missed tomatoes in the ingredient list, just updated thanks!!

      Cheers :) Contact me for further clarifications!!

  21. Wow excellent dish I try this immediately Please give the onion and tomotto in grams coconut in cup measure. I will try this for 500 grams of mutton add double the quantity of ingredients please clarify that, thanks in advance


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