Mutton Ularthiyathu or Dry mutton (Kerala Style)

Preparation Time: 1 hour

Cooking Time : 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients :

To Marinate :

Mutton : 1 kg (cut into small cubes)

Red Chilli powder 4 tbsp or to your torelance level

Garlic : 2 tbsp (crushed)

Ginger : 2 tbsp (crushed)

Curry leaves :1 sprig

Vinegar : 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

For Saute:

Shallots  1 1/2 cup (thinly sliced) or Onion : 11/2 cup (thinly sliced)

Green chilies : 4 nos or to taste (split length-wise)

Curry Leaves : 2-3 sprig

Thin Coconut Slices : 1/2 cup

Coconut Oil : 1/2 cup

To Dry Roast & Grind Coarsely :

Freshly Crushed Peppercorns : 1/2 tsp

Fennel seeds : 1/2 tbsp

Cinnamon Stick : 1″ piece

Clove : 4 nos

Cardamom : 4 pods

Method of Preparation :

1. Wash and chop mutton to small sized cubes;  drain it and set it aside.

2. Heat a pan on a medium heat till hot. Reduce the flame to simmer and dry roast the ingredients listed above ‘To  Dry Roast & Grind’ on the pan. Stirring often till the spices give off their aroma and begin to get slightly darker; remove from fire. Allow to cool.

3. Grind the above roasted spices into a coarse powder.

4. Marinate the mutton pieces with above roasted spices and the listed ingredients “To marinate ‘ and refrigerate it for about 1/2 to 1 hrs

5. Pressure cook the marinated mutton pieces without adding any water for about 2-3 whistles or put the above marinated mutton piece into a large deep vessel without adding any water and cook on a medium flame till the meat is tender. (Note :  Do not add any water as the meat will give off its own juices.)

6. When it done or when the pressure settled down open the cooker and cook uncovered in a medium-low flame till all water in it is evaporated and mutton pieces become almost dry.

7. Meanwhile heat the pan with 3 tbsp of oil and fry the coconut slices to light brown color, remove and transfer it a paper towel.

8. In the same pan add the reamaing oil and add finely chopped shallots/onions and green chilies and saute untill turns to transulcent and brown in color, now add the curry leaves and saute for couple of minutes.

9. Now add cooked mutton pieces and combine well and roast it over medium-low fire till it turns dark brown in color.

(Note : Stir in between to avoid burning and it takes 15 minutes approximately)

10. Once the mutton starts to dry and have attained the dark brown color then add fried coconut slices and combine well.

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