January 13, 2006

Savory mutton chops

Just got back home after a long stroll across the market, a cinema, and a bumper shopping with family. I know I am already late in posting the promised savory mutton chops. Sorry for that. Here is the result with recipe details.

Savory mutton chops recipe
Serves - 4
Preparation time - 40 minutes

Mutton - 1/2 kg, pieces washed and cut into 1-inch size chops
Onions - 2 medium size, finely chopped
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Garlic - 3 beads
Green chillies - 2, small size, medium hot
Cinnamon - 1-inch long stick
Cloves - 2
Garam masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 2 teaspoons
Black pepper powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cummin powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - 1-1/2 teaspoons
Ghee - 1 teaspoon
Oil - 1 teaspoon
Boiling water - 3 cups
Coriander leaves - a small bunch, finely chopped

Method: Grind the garlic, ginger, green chilly, cloves, and cinnamon all together to a smooth paste and keep aside. Heat a flat-bottomed vessel and pour in the ghee and oil. When smoking hot, add the onions and saute till the edges of the onions turn brown here and there. Add the washed and wet mutton chops. Stir from bottom and mix the mutton chops well with the onions, cover with a lid, and cook without removing the cover at all for the first 10 minutes over moderate heat. When the water which shows out of the mutton pieces evaporates, add the ground paste and all other masala powders, and salt. Fry well for 5 minutes. Now add the boiling water to cover the mutton just completely. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and allow to boil over moderate heat for the first 20 minutes and then simmer over reduced heat till the mutton is tender and the gravy is thickish. If water content is all absorbed before the mutton turns tender, add some more hot water and cook the mutton till it turns tender. Add the coriander leaves to the chops a minute before removing from the heat. Enjoy!

PS Chef notes:
- do not remove the lid of the vessel on and off frequently while the mutton is cooking; otherwise the aroma and good flavor will be lost.
- you may also pressure-cook the mutton chops to reduce cooking time. Bring it to full pressure and subsimmer for 15 minutes.
- for a pleasant variation, add fresh peas to the mutton chops; add this when the mutton chops are 3/4th cooked and cook further



Blogger Ashwini said...

Mmmm divine VKN. We have been wanting to make mutton for a week now. Thanks for the recipe!

Blogger Tina Jennifer D'Silva said...

Hey VKN... My mouth is really watering looking at this awesome pic here. I kept looking at it for quite a long time & now cant wait to turn that pic into a reality. I am gonna make this really soon.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vkn, another one of your signature dishes! so appealingly gorgeous.

Blogger Meenal Mehta said...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there!

Wow! i love mutton chops....it looks yum! must try!

Are u the master chef in a '5'star hotel? :-)

Blogger Tina Jennifer D'Silva said...

Hey VKN... I agree to this anonymous messenger out here... You ought to be a masterchef in a 5 star hotel or probably think of opening your own restaurant... I am sure you'll come up in just no time...

Blogger rums said...

yum! yum! yum! this looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

Blogger Sury said...

I wish there was a way to eat this off the site, VKN! What a treat for the eyes. Like everyone else who commented, I can hardly wait to try and savour this.

Blogger Swamy VKN said...

Thank you everyone for all of your nice words.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey vkn.... wonderful recipe. Simple and delicious.... just too good. thanks for posting it.
My husband made me post my comment immediately after dinner. :-)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi... tried your recipe twice. Turned out delicious both times... tastes just like my Mom makes it. Thanks a lot!!! :)

Blogger DevenBairat said...

Narayan tusssi gr8 ho!!!!
Amazing,Stunning,Delicious,simply superb recipe! We cooked it with Lamb, for dinner, but had it immediately at 5:00 pm :-), couldnt resist at all :-).
Thanks a lot for the recipe. Your tips did wonders to the recipe.

Cheerz Mate,

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried the recipe without any modifications and it was awesome. Thanks for a great keeper of a recipe.

Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have made mutton in the past but was wary of trying it again since it never tasted anything like my mom's or grandmom's. Having a husband who isnt as excited about non-veg as me didnt help either.

So after reading your recipe and some of the comments on the blog, i decided to try this one more time. I followed all directions to the exact and the outcome was simply marvelllous! It was finger licking good and I'm happy to say that my husband is looking forward to when I make it next!

Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

Blogger Vidyu said...

Thankyou!! This tasted as good as it looked :-)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

any tomatoes to add ??

Blogger Just Me said...

Hey VKN,

The recipe sounds absolutely amazing, I shall definitely try it & let you know how it turns out :-)

Blogger William Malekar said...

Awesome recipe ..... Hit tried it ..... Came out very nice ..... This is a keeper ........ The flavors and fragrance just awesome .....


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