Chettinad Mutton Masala recipe is a deliciously simple mutton recipe. Made with minimal spices, this mutton dish is all about the way it is made.
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You will be surprised how easy it is to make the chettinad mutton masala recipe when you see the video. Do check out the video below and remember to subscribe to my channel for latest updates.
What is Chettinad Cuisine?
Chettinad cuisine, may I dare say, is the most popular cuisine in the Tamil Nadu region. The chettinad cuisine calls for freshly grounded spices and masalas. It has it’s own unique blend to it. It is generally made with the locally sourced spices in the South India.
How to enjoy chettinad cuisine?
If you want to relish the chettinad cuisine in it’s most traditional way, try procuring the beautiful utensils that are used to prepare the food. You will find them in traditional or ethnic stores where they have found much value today.
And the best way to enjoy the chettinad cuisine would be to serve the food in a banana leaf.
It is very easy to make this chettinad mutton masala recipe. All we have to do is simply marinate the mutton for about 2 hours with basic spices.
Then we will fry the onions before adding the marinated mutton and fry till it is brown. Later we add the tomatoes and water. I have cooked it in the pan but if you want to save time, you can always use the pressure cooker.
But cooking without the pressure cooker has its own taste. There is a very noticeable difference when we cook in a pan. Better still, if you have earthen ware, all the more better.
I am trying to change all my pans to earthen ware. Having cooked in non stick and pressure cooked for so long it will take a long time to change the habits. But whenever I can I do try to use it.
So if you can cook it in a earthen ware then that would yield the best taste possible for this chettinad mutton masala. That gives a very very good taste to it. Making this mutton fry masala recipe is a complete breeze.
So let’s get started with the Chettinad Mutton Masala Recipe
See the step by step instruction below
- Start by preparing the mutton. Clean thoroughly and marinate with ginger garlic paste and other spices for at least 2 hours or over night.
- Heat oil in a pan and add the onion and whole spices.
- Once the onion has turned golden brown, add the mutton pieces and saute till brown.
- Add the tomatoes
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
Please note that I have forgotten to mention the whole spices in the video. You can see them in the video right when onion was added.
Chettinad Mutton Masala Recipe
- 500 gms mutton cut into small pieces
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 2 green chilli slit from the middle
- 4 tbsp oil
- 2 onion finely chopped
- 3 whole dry red chilli
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 cardamom 1 inch stick cinnamon, 2 cloves
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 to matoes chopped
- juice of 1 lemon
- coriander leaves for garnishing
- Take a mutton in a bowl and add the coriander powder, salt, red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste and green chilli. Mix well and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
- Heat oil in a pan and add the onion, dry chilli, cardamo, cinnamon, cloves and cumin seeds. Fry till the onion turns translucent.
- Add the marinated mutton and turmeric powder. Fry till all the water has dried up from the mutton and it has browned.
- Add the tomatoes and cook till they are soft.
- Add a cup of water or as necessary and cook on low heat till the mutton is done. Alternatively pressure cook till the mutton is done.
- Fry till all the water is absorbed.
- Add the lemon juice and coriander leaves. Give it a stir and remove from heat.
- Serve hot.
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This recipe was originally published in July 2017. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New step by step photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable in September of 2018