Erachi Varattiyathu ~ Mutton Masala Curry

I don’t think I’ve to even say that the first half of the year is gone! Phew… that was too fast!!! In the process, we are growing older… I don’t think I have to focus much on that point, right? πŸ™‚


OK, so off to the curry that I paired the Neypathal with. There is one book in my kitty that I always run to for “thani” Malabar cooking – “Malabar Muslim Cookery” by Ummi Abdullah. I had ordered this book through Flipkart a few months ago and then had it transported to Dubai through one of our constantly flowing relative-family friend gangs – one advantage of living in Dubai, you see…. Since then, this book has been my go-along for any emergency situation. There is nothing fancy in this book – nothing, in fact. There are no pictures at all, it’s all in black and white and if there are some illustrations, they are hand drawn! The book looks really boring, but believe me, the recipes in it aren’t. One thing I really realized is that some food that my umma makes had names that I never knew!!! Isn’t that a discovery in itself? πŸ™‚ So any of you wanting to make Malabari food, I would really recommend having a copy of it…


Even though the curry is so much in line with how my umma makes, I referred to the book for getting the quantities from the approximates, and adjusted it as per our tastes. I don’t have to say, with what speed the Neypathals and the curry vanished!!! πŸ˜‰


Erachi Varattiyathu ~ Mutton Masala Curry

Course Curry
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 500 gm mutton with bones washed
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 3/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 large onions sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 4 green chillies
  • 3/4 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 to matoes chopped
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 3 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


  • Heat oil in the pressure cooker. Saute the onions till it becomes lightly brown.
  • Meanwhile, grind the green chillies, ginger paste, garlic paste, coriander powder and fennel seed with a little water till it becomes like a paste.
  • Once the onions are browned, add the paste, chilli powder and turmeric powder and saute till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the tomato and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add the washed mutton and salt, combine well till the masala gets coated.
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for a couple of whistles.
  • Lower the flame and leave for 5 minutes. Now switch off the flame and leave for the pressure to go by itself.
  • Open the lid, switch on the flame and put on simmer. Add the garam masala, sugar and coriander leaves and give it one last mix. Serve with chappathi or rice!


The curry will just have the mutton stock in it. If you want it more thicker, just keep on simmer till all the stock is dried.

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    1. thank u so much sundari…

  1. Delicious mutton curry dear! πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much sri… πŸ™‚

  2. I have always heard of Malabari cuisine but never knew that they were so rich and tasty. I am abroad too and like u m not so lucky, in my place people do not fly often to India. So i have get things locally…anyways next time wen i visit back to India i will look for that book. You know some great dishes are often discovered like that. your mutton curry looks absolutely delicious , addition of sugar is a great way to caramelize the mutton a liitle bit.

    1. thank u so much sushmita for your lovely comments… i never knew that the sugar is added to caramelize mutton… that's a good info!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Enikkum aa book venam

    1. naatil ninnu aarodenkilum vangikkan paranja mathi… it's a good book… πŸ™‚

  4. Delicious looking mutton curry, looks fantastic!

    1. thank u so much ambreen… πŸ™‚

  5. Oh yum i love this!!

    1. thank u so much princy… πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much sanoli…

  6. curry looks awesome.

    1. thank u so much, linsy…

  7. Rafee, I was going to order something from flipkart when I saw your post. And I was toying with the idea of buying something else too so that it will be a free delivery. Since your Mutton Masala looks delish and I trust your judgement on cookbooks, I have ordered this book πŸ™‚ He he πŸ™‚

    1. i'm sure u'l not regret the book, priya… i keep referring to it for real malabar cooking….

  8. Malabar curriesinde swathu onu verethane annu.

    1. exactly… πŸ™‚

  9. wow…really yummy…can imagine how good will that be with neyyupathiri's

    1. thank u so much divya… πŸ™‚

  10. Lady, you did good with this! Thani Malabari, indeed.

    1. thank u so much tisa… πŸ™‚

  11. what a beautiful dish, pass on some to me πŸ™‚ Nice clicks πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much shweta… πŸ™‚

  12. Yummy curry ….Perfect with boiled rice πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much shruthi… πŸ™‚

  13. My husband keeps praising the malabari curries and leaves me mouthwatering…Never got lucky to have authentic malabar dishes.

    1. u should try out a couple of our recipes dear… i'm sure u will also love them… πŸ™‚

  14. Mutton curry looks delicious

    1. thank u so much humi…

  15. Wish i live near you to enjoy this fingerlicking mutton masala, mouthwatering here sis..Slurpppppp..

    1. even i would love to be ur neighbour akka… πŸ˜€ thank u so much…

  16. OMG! It's so delicious:)

    1. thank u so much ira… πŸ™‚

  17. Looks so delicious dear πŸ™‚ Kanditte vayil vellamoorunnu πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much avika… πŸ™‚

  18. looks fabulous and droolworth.

    1. thank u so much divya…

  19. Oh Rafee, I was this book last time when I when to India. I picked another instead.. πŸ™ next I am going to for sure. The curry looks awesome.. drooling here. I think its mutton curry today at home ;-))

    1. i would really recommend this book, rekha… really has a lot of missing malabari food recipes… πŸ™‚ and did u make mutton?? thanks a lot dear…

  20. mutton curry looks too good. Ur neypathal n this must have been bliss !

    1. i didn't even get one neypathal to eat to see how it tasted, shree… the men wiped it out! πŸ™ i had it with bread the next day and yes, it did taste good… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  21. Tempting mutton curry.. Perfect with hot rice… Loved the clicks Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much nilu… πŸ™‚

  22. yummy and perfect with rotis and rice

    1. thank u so much ramya…

  23. Spicy and fingerlicking mutton curry.

    1. thank u so much chandrani…

  24. That looks yummy πŸ™‚ Mutton is always a finger licking delicacy ! And I am gonna order this book soon πŸ˜‰

    1. thanks a lot chitz… πŸ™‚

  25. This looks absolutely delicious ! And thanks for recommending the book,I've always been a fan of Malabari cooking πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much reni… πŸ™‚

  26. Hi Rafeeda, delicious curry! I might 2 big plates of rice to go with your delicious dish. :))

    Best regards.

    1. Thank u so much amelia… πŸ™‚

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