Cooked with everyday Sri Lankan spices, this Mutton curry has a thick gravy bringing about extra depth and color, the Mutton is cooked until tender and flavored perfectly. It’s best enjoyed while hot, served on special occasions and family festivitieses.
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(Warning,”thank you”, will be the predominant word and used generously)
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A few months back, cooking was taking a toll on my enthusiasm to come up with meals the family would appreciate, there were days when it was a mindless task to get through. Creating a food blog and incorporating a bit of writing and a new-found love of photography(creativity can do wonders)I’ve got the cooking groove back and enjoy the mad dash about the kitchen, relearning the basics, exploring food cultures, all within the four walls of my home, it will do for now. So thank you.
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Before you begin, please make sure to read the complete recipe at least once.
Mutton is not something I cook every day, making it festive worthy might need a few spices to give it a rich aroma and flavor. For this recipe I’m using everyday spices that’s already there. The only exception is Tomato paste which adds a deep color and flavor to bring in variation(mostly for the color though).
A note to the seasoned cook, if you do find me not using a certain type of spice like Cloves or other types of additional spices, it’s due to personal preference and my need to keep it simple and child friendly as much as possible.
If you have a pressure cooker, please use it, I’ve been told using it cuts the cooking time by half.
If you’re looking for the meat falling off the bones tender, the cooking time will be a bit longer on the stove so start early on this dish. always make sure to check that the right amount of salt and the flavors balanced.
What you will need
700kg Mutton (washed thoroughly,cleaned and cut with the fat removed)
Oil to cook
2-3 large onions sliced
1 large Tomatoes chopped(because I’m using the paste)
2-3 Green chillies
2 tablespoons of Garlic and ginger Paste
5-6 Curry leaves
4-5 Cardamom pods, slightly bruised
A long piece of Pandan leaf(trust me on this)
Cinnamon stick-1-2 inch piece (careful, can overwhelm all other flavors)
1-2 tablespoons of Tomato paste(optional)
1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1-2 teaspoon Chilli Powder( if you can handle it)
1-2 tablespoons of Coriander
1/2 teaspoon of Pepper
2 Cups of water
1 Cup Coconut milk
Salt to taste
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In a slightly large pan, pour in the oil, add Onions, Garlic/Ginger paste,Curry leaves, Cardamom pods, Pandan leaf and Cinnamon stick.
Cook on medium heat until the distinct aroma of these spices hits you, then add the chopped Green chillies,the spices in the order of Turmeric, Coriander, Chilli, Pepper and Tomato paste, cook for a few minutes until you are left with a dark mixture( keep the heat to a minimum) this would take 5-10 minutes.
Include the Mutton into the pan and incorporate it with the mixture. Leave it to cook for a few minutes, mixing occasionally, 10-15 minutes.
Pour in the water and let it simmer until the water is reduced. Don’t cook on high heat to hurry the cooking process as it just evaporates the water, leaving the meat still half-cooked.
Once the water evaporates, pour the Coconut milk and add the Salt, the reason I add the Salt at this point is because when you add Salt, at the beginning with the spices, the meat becomes very hard without taking in any of the flavors, hence I add it half way through the cooking process.
Closing the lid, cook for at least another 45 minutes to an hour until the meat is tender.
If you find you need a bit of gravy like me, just add 1/2 a cup of water, by this point there’s already a thick gravy which can absorb the water but still keep its thick consistency.
Check Salt to taste.