Mutton Chops Recipe - Kerala Style

Did you all have a fun weekend? We did! travelling and meeting wonderful friends, all mingling, joking, and of course enjoyed great food. I am still walking around with a smile on my face.:) Being together with so many friends makes me so grateful. Hope you guys had fun weekend too.:)

Stories apart, coming back to today's recipe. During last visit to Kerala, I bought few cookbooks.Yes, I love cookbooks; they're like treasure to me.Each book are tons of recipes just waiting to be tried.:)

This recipe is from Flavours of the Spice Coast by Mrs. K.M.Mathew. Though I started with the recipe on book, but ended with little different version to suit my family taste buds and I’m happy with the end result. I have tried this mutton chops so many times. The best part of this recipe, is the flavor of freshly grounded spices and it was well seasoned. It may be served as a thick curry by adding a bit more water or as a dry dish.It was easy, fairly quick, tasted wonderful and it is a quite spicy! So please feel free to adjust the spice level to suit your requirements. 

I share only the best with you, because you deserve only the best ! This recipe is a definitely a keeper !...So go ahead and try this and enjoy it with some rice or Chapati/Roti...Enjoy!

Mutton Chops Recipe - Kerala Style - Kerala Mutton Chops Recipe
Preparation Time : 15 minutes
Cooking Time : 30 minutes
Serves : 4

Ingredients :
Goat /Mutton (with bones) : 1.5 lb /3/4 kg (cut into large cubes)
Red Small Onion /Shallots : 25-30 nos /1 cup or Onion : 2 (medium) / 1 cup (thinly sliced)
Garlic : 4-5 cloves /1 tbsp (crushed)
Ginger : 1" piece /1 tbsp (crushed) 
Red Chili Powder : 1 tbsp or to your spice level
Whole Pepper Powder : 1 1/2 tbsp or to your spice level
Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice : 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves : 1 sprig
Coconut oil or Cooking  oil : 1 1/2 tbsp
Hot Water : 1/2 - 1 cup (as needed)
Salt to taste 

To roast and grind the Spice Powder: 
Fennel seeds : 1 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp
Star anise: 1
Cardamom Pods : 4
Cinnamon : 1/2" stick
Bay Leaves : 1

How to make Mutton Chops - Kerala Mutton Chops :

1. Wash and cut mutton in to large cubes, and place in a pressure cooker. Add 1/2 cup of hot water and salt to taste; cook for about 8 minutes after the first whistle (after it comes to full pressure) reduce the fire to medium and then switch of the flame and let it cool naturally. Alternatively, mutton can be cooked in a regular pan; In a pan; cover and cook the meat with 1 cup of hot water for about 20 to 30 minutes or till the mutton is soft.. This water will help cook the meat as well as ensure that it does not get charred. At the end of the cooking, there should be at least 1/2 cup of liquid remaining in the mutton.
2. Meantime in a small frying pan; lightly roast all the ingredients listed " To roast and grind the spice powder" and powder it using a mortar and pestle  or coffee grinder till smooth. 
3. While the mutton is getting cooked; heat 2 tbsp of oil in a kadai, add 1/2 of the grounded spice powder (leaving ½ behind for final sprinkling) and sauté for a minute. (Note : Make sure not to burn the spice, stir continously to avoid burning.) now add few curry leaves and the small red onions or onions till it turns to translucent and brown in color.
4. Add the crushed ginger paste and garlic paste and sauté for a few minutes.
5. Mix the chili powder, pepper powder and turmeric powder with a tbsp of water to make a paste. Add this paste to the pan and sauté for a few minutes till the whole mixture turns to dark brown colour.
6. At this stage, remove the cooked mutton pieces with a slotted spoon and add to the pan. Reserve the stock.
7. Mix well and keep sauteing till the mutton pieces are well coated with masala and becomes dry and starts taking a light blackish/dark brown colour.
8. Now pour the reserved stock (or add water if not enough stock) into the pan and mix well. When the gravy starts to thicken, add the remaining curry leaves, the rest of grounded spice powder and stir well . Continue cooking for another 5 minutes or till almost all the liquid is gone from the pan and the mutton pieces are well coated with the remaining gravy.
9. Add the lemon juice and mix well and immediately remove from the stove.The dish will get a darker shade once it rests.
10. Serve hot with chapati or with curd rice, paratta or any roti varities, etc...Enjoy!

Notes : 
  • I recommend using small red onions for the more flavour and taste. Also if you prefer cooking typical Kerala style, use coconut oil
  • You may adjust the spiciness by increasing or cutting down amount of chilli powder and pepper powder.


  1. Would love it with some chapathis. Spicy curry

  2. As you rightly said, this delicious mutton recipe is a keeper.. saving it.

  3. looks so delicious, love it

  4. i can actually taste them , looks delicious

  5. Slurp, mouthwatering here..Wat an inviting and irresistible mutton chops.

  6. Love the combo of spice powder..Looks delicious

  7. Ingane kothipikkalle adipoli.

  8. Raavile thane kothipuchu:)

  9. woww... im drooling here..
    i had posted mutton chops earlier..but in a different way, with vinegar..
    im going to try this on this Saturday..will tell you the outcome soon :)

  10. Thank you ALL so much again for your lovely comments, I really appreciate your time.:)

    @ Lena Rashmin Raj, Do try and let me know the outcome...Happy Cooking! :-)

  11. awesome recipe!! Just feeling like tempting to have it!!!

  12. Anonymous5:52 AM

    thanks for the recipe. tried out today and the result was really satisfying - the flavours really remind God's own country :-)!!!

  13. Anonymous, you're most welcome! I am so glad it worked out for you! Thanks for sharing for your feedback.


  14. Usha Ranjith9:14 AM

    Hey Sangeetha, I made this y'day.It came out really good. everyone here loved it..must say i'm a fan of your site.Your pics are very awesome. I have referred it to my friends they also love it. I have tried many things from the site and it came out pretty good..thank you.Best wishes!


    1. Hi Usha, That was so nice of you to leave such a generous feedback...thx a bunc :) so glad it worked for you! A big thanks for referring our site to your friends and for trying out our recipes. Hope you will try out more recipes and like them too.


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  16. Anonymous10:28 PM

    The mutton chops kerala style is really great. You have brilliant mind to make a good mutton chop. Thanks. Beard Styles

    1. Thank you! Hope you get to try it sometime...

  17. Anonymous3:00 PM

    Tried it today. Used 1b of goat meat with bone. Didn't alter the rest of the recipe, also used same quantity of spice powder. Turned out really tasty. Thanks.


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