Monday, October 17, 2011

Mutton Korma ( மட்டன் குருமா)

 Mutton Korma can be mixed with rice or used as a side dish for rotis, dosas or idlis. A south Indian, spicy version of the korma is found in this post. For the audience, this is K's version of the korma :)


1/2 kg (2 pounds) Mutton
1 tsp Cumin powder
1 tsp Fennel Powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Chill powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp plain yogurt

1/2 tsp salt
1/2 inch ginger shredded
1 garlic clove shredded
1 black cardamom
2 reg cardamoms

 Tomato Paste
2 tomatoes
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp fennel Powder
2 tbsp coconut gratings
1 tsp poppy seeds
1 small cinnamon stick

3 cups of chicken stock
1/2 tomato- Finely diced
Chill powder to taste
salt to taste
2 tsp poppy seeds
1Cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 star anise
1 inch ginger shredded
2 cloves of garlic
1 or 2 green chillies

Directions to cook
Marinate the mutton pieces overnight with 1tsp fennel powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp chilly powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tbsp yogurt, 1 black cardamom, 1 clove of garlic diced, 1 inch of ginger.

Heat a pan over the stove and drizzle some oil in it
Once the oil is heated, shallow fry the mutton pieces to give it that sear on its surface.
Once there is a crisp layer formed on the surface of the mutton pieces, pressure cook them with some chicken stock for upto three whistles.
While the mutton is getting pressure cooked, in the same pan used to fry the mutton add one cinnamon stick crushed, one black cardamom crushed and 2 cloves and saute till it starts to splutter.

Now add the onions, some salt and saute it until the onions are golden brown
Now add the green chillies, 1 inch ginger shredded and 2 garlic cloves minced.
Now add the diced 1/2 tomato and 2 tsp of poppy seeds and stir to cook

In a food processor make a paste out of the tomato paste ingredients. The paste should not be too watery. Now add this paste to the pan's contents and continue to saute for 3 or 4 mins.


Once the mutton is pressure cooked, add the cooker's contents to the mixture in the pan. If you want the korma to be more spicy add more chilly powder and let it cook in low heat for 30 minutes. 
When the korma is done, add some curry leaves and stop the cooking process.

Slow cooking the mutton would give it a better taste
Shallow frying the mutton would give it that crispness
You can replace chicken stock with water for pressure cooking. 


  1. yummyyy! I love ur dishes! great post!

  2. Just mouthwatering....looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  3. shabu- Tnx man.
    Kalyan- Welcome to my world of discovering how easy it is to cook! I used to think of it as a tall mountain a little while ago myself. Happy cooking.