Monday, July 20, 2009

Kerala Mutton Roast




Mutton Roast is another culinary speciality of Kerala. The non-veg roast dishes of Kerala, have a unique flavour, taste and aroma that you will definitely miss once you move out of the state. Starting from the proper blend of aromatic spices, the way the marinated ingredients are cooked, the use of coconut oil contributes to the unique taste of the dish. Just have a bite and you will literally fall in love with it.


If you have read my Kerala Beef Roast, Chicken Ularthu & Beef Ularthu posts you would be quite familiar with the Kerala cooking style. Though the preparation of these dishes is quite a task and demands much of your time and energy, the final outcome is truly worth the effort. How else can you make a proper Kerala style 'Ularthu'(Roast)?


For those who haven't tried the traditional 'Ularthu' dishes, I should say, you shouldn't get intimidated or turned off seeing the numerous amount of spices that goes into the preparation. After all the spices are what that makes these dishes so unique! After moving to US I missed these authentic dishes so much that I finally ventured into making these. And can anything ever beat the taste of home made food?


These dishes always tastes better the next day because sufficient time has to given to the spices to properly infuse into the meat. So all you have to do is to resist your temptations until the next day! All Ularthu dishes pairs well with Appam/Idiappam/Steamed Rice with a dollop of ghee.

Ingredients:
Mutton(Goat Meat)- 2 lb
Big onion - 1 chopped(18-20 Shallots preferred)
Tomato - 2 chopped
Fresh Ginger minced - 1 tbsp
Garlic Cloves - 2 minced
Green chillies - 4 split
Chilly Powder - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
Meat masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 3 sprigs
Thin Coconut slices - 3/4 cup
Coconut oil for cooking
For marinating mutton:
Ground roasted spices(Recipe follows)
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 3/4 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Meat masala - 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1.5 tsp
Salt to taste
For ground roasted spices:
Cinnamon stick - 2 each 2.5" long
Cloves - 7
Cardamom seeds - 1/4 tsp
Star anise - 1
1/2 nutmeg
Fennel seeds - 1.5 tbsp

Method:
  • Dry roast the ingredients mentioned above at medium heat until the colour slightly changes and you get the aroma of roasted spices.
  • Cool and grind to a fine powder.
  • Marinate mutton with the above roasted spices and all other ingredients mentioned above under marinade.
  • Keep marinated mutton for at least 30 minutes.
  • Cook mutton in a pressure cooker adding little water. Keep aside.
  • Add some oil in a pan and roast the coconut slices until the raw smell goes. Keep aside.
  • Add oil to the same pan and splutter mustard seeds.
  • Add freshly torn curry leaves and saute till it turns crisp and gives out aroma.
  • Add chopped onions/sliced shallots along with green chillies and saute till onions turn brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook till it turns mushy.
  • Add chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, meat masala, salt and mix everything together and saute till raw smell of spices go.
  • Add cooked mutton along with water obtained from pressure cooking along with coconut slices.
  • Mix everything well.
  • Increase heat to high and saute till the water has evaporated and dish turns dry. You'll need to keep stirring at intervals to prevent mutton from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • When the dish has turned dry and the dish has turned dark brown, remove from heat.
  • Serve hot with Appam/Idiappam/Steamed Rice with ghee.
Pooja.

Other Non-Vegetarian Dishes:

Mutton StewBeef RoastBeef UlarthuLamb CurryButter ChickenChicken CurryPhotobucketChicken Ularthu

78 comments:

VineelaSiva said...

Wow mouth wateringgggggggggggggggg pooja.Nice dish dear.U r coorect the dish tastes good to the next day.really nice dish.

Pooja said...

Thanks Vineela :) Yes the meat dishes always tastes better the next day! But I have a hard time controlling my cravings..hehe!

doggybloggy said...

excellent - it looks so rich and tasty...

Pavithra said...

Mmmmmmmm looks so delicious and nice color.. since i dont eat i can admire atleast..

Pooja said...

Thanks DB :)

Pooja said...

Thanks a lot Pavithra :) I really appreciate it!

Vrinda said...

My mouth is watering Pooja..i lov mutton than chicken..look at the color,such a delicious post...

Jenn said...

I've always wanted to try mutton. Looks really good. This definitely would go great on a couple scoops of rice or possible some naan.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Looks so yum! Really nice ....

Sanghi said...

This looks quite similar to my version.. Have to try yours. Looks so appealing..!:)

Helene said...

Mouthwatering, delicious dish, looks tasty.

Pooja said...

Thanks Vrinda :) I too love mutton compared to chicken now. And ularthu is my favourite :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Jenn :) Yes it goes well with rice/naan/appam/idiappam!

Pooja said...

Thanks HCOF :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Sanghi :) Will check out yours!

Pooja said...

Thanks Helene :)

Varsha Vipins said...

woah..grt color Pooja..!adipolii..!

Vani said...

Love the color and looks of this!

Pooja said...

Thanks Varsha :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Vani :) Roasting the meat till dark brown really enhances the taste!

Smitha said...

My hubby absolutely loves mutton. Unfortunately I don't cook it at home.If he sees this recipe, he might try making it himself. Nice one

Pooja said...

Thanks Smitha :) Hehe then he would love this :)

Sailaja Damodaran said...

iam drooling by seeing the ingredients & colour of the dish....

Ann said...

Pooja,what a presentation of that yummy mutton roast..perfect..we too love to prepare,with a slight change though..ha,but yours look so tempting and the clicks are mouthwatering..

Rahin said...

hey pooja , this looks very nice n spicy n yummy n definitely mouth watering

Pooja said...

Thanks Ms.Sailaja :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Ann :) Mutton roast is indeed tasty..isnt it?

Pooja said...

Thanks Rahin :) Yes it turned out spicy, but not hot and tasty :)

Suparna said...

hi pooja,
Looks good!! looks like u've made it lots of patience :)
Clicks are very bright and tempting
TC

Sushma Mallya said...

hi pooja...very spicy and yummy recipe...will def try this out with chicken.....

Shama Nagarajan said...

mouth watering recipe...looks yummy

Varunavi said...

Looks so great and yummy.Taste great with hot appams and paratha :)

Gita said...

This a different dish for me Pooja...looks delicious and tempting :)

Chef Jeena said...

Mmmmmmm I love a dark coloured curry this is gorgeous Pooja.

Kalaivani said...

Delicious and spicy mutton roast.

Valarmathi said...

Wow looks superb. Looks yummy.

Pooja said...

Thanks Suparna :) This requires some time and effort..but its definitely worth it :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Sushma :) Chicken Ularthu tastes great too. I have Chicken Ularthu post. You may check it out!

Pooja said...

Thanks Shama :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Varunavi :) Yes you are right! My favourite is hot Appam!

Pooja said...

Thanks Gita :) Do give a try sometime! You would love this!

Pooja said...

Thanks Jeena :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Kalai :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Valar :)

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

Pooja this is a great recipe thanks for sharing, :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Navita for dropping by :)

Mangala Bhat said...

nice one ! thanks

Ashwini said...

looks yummy.. this is called mutton chukka in omy place,,

Pooja said...

Thanks Mangala :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Ashwini :) Glad to learn another name :)

Divya Vikram said...

You left me drooling seeing the picture!

Kalyani said...

wow very tempting pictures pooja .... & looks yummy .....

mathew said...

the usual way i prepare mutton is in the curry form...i was getting bored of it..and this comes as a welcome change...and the spice mix and color sounds like tailor made for me :)

will try this out soon...looking very appetizing!!

Parita said...

Looks quite good dear, keep rocking!

prasukitchen.blogspot.com said...

Pooja looks delicious!!

Bergamot said...

Looks just yummy. Would be perfect with lachha parathas.

Muneeba said...

This would make for a fantastic party dish ... but what is "meat masala"?

ARUNA said...

i feel like grabbing the whole plate......slurp slurp slurp!!!

ganga said...

wowwwwwwwwwwwwww...............mouthwatering!

Pooja said...

Hehe thanks Divya :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Kalyani :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Mathew :) Yes I too get bored with the usual curries sometimes. Do try it out. You would definitely love this :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Parita :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Prasu for dropping by :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Bergamot :) Yes this would go well with that too!

Pooja said...

Thanks Muneeba :) Meat masala is a spice mix similar to Garam masala. Its much more spicier and used in meat preparations. Dont worry if you dont have it. You can also use the regular Garam Masala. I too use it often instead of meat masala :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Aruna :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Ganga :)

Yasmeen said...

Mouthwatering!all those spices must make the roast super good :P

Pooja said...

Thanks Yasmeen :) The spices imparted great taste!

lissie said...

wow, mutton roast is so tempting! goes well even with bread and paratha... great job!

Seena said...

Pooja, nothing to say, DROOLING..!!!! :P

Pooja said...

Thanks Lissie :) Yes goes well with either of those!

Pooja said...

Thanks Seena :)

Maria said...

mouthwatering pics, Pooja!! I love that color too :)

Pravs said...

totally agree..its all the spices that imparts of all the flavour. Looks so tempting..drooling here :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Maria :) I too love the dark colour of roast :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Pravs :)