Mutton – 1/2 kg
Onions – 1 large
Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Chilli powder – 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Cassia leaf – 1
Salt to taste

For the green masala :

Coriander leaves – 1/4 bunch
Green chillies – 4

For the red masala:
Dried red chillies – 5-6
Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
Jeera – 1 tbsp
Elaichi – 3 – 4
Cloves – 3
Cinnamon sticks – 2 small

Preparation : 

  • Wash the mutton well and marinate with chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt for about 20-30 mins.
  • Prepare the green masala by grinding together the coriander leaves and green chillies with a few drops of water.
  • For the red masala, first lightly roast all the spices individually. Cool, then grind together into a slightly coarse powder.
  • Heat the oil in a vessel and sauté the finely sliced onions until brown.
  • Add the cassia leaf and the ginger and garlic paste. Sauté until it they no longer smell raw.
  • Now add 2 tbsp of the red masala, along with all the green masala and mix thoroughly. Cook until you see the oil separating out of the masala.
  • At this point add the mutton pieces and water (depending on how much gravy is needed) and bring to a boil. Taste, and add salt and chilli powder if necessary.
  • After one boil, cover the vessel and let it cook on simmer for about 25-30 mins. Check in between to see if the meat is cooked. Alternatively, you may pressure cook the mutton.
  • Your dish is now ready.
About The Contributor:

Thirtha Uthappa, daughter of Kakamada Uthappa, a jeweller, is following in the footsteps of her father. Thirtha says: “Jewellery has always been my passion, and that is what made me leave my corporate life of 11 years and start my own line, Samaara Jewellery ( I make personalized and customised precious pieces in gold and diamonds.”

Married to Ammatanda Mithun Appaiah, Thirtha notes that cooking has always been her other key interest. Here, she shares a recipe for a spicy mutton curry.

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