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Paal Kari / Mutton Cooked in Coconut Milk


Paal Kari is one of the most special dishes prepared in and around Tuticorin for Christmas. This goes out well with Coconut Milk rice, Toasted Bread, Hoppers /Appam. We induce Butter Beans to this curry, but I have induced Rajma / Red Kidney Beans. Let me share the recipe…

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Paal Kari / Lamb Cooked in Coconut Milk


  • Mutton / Lamb – 250 gms
  • Butter beans / Overnight soaked Rajma – 20 gms
  • Onions – 200 gms
  • Potatoes – 150 gms
  • Green chillies – 3 nos
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fennel  seeds – 1 tsp
  • Black peppercorns – ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon (1” inch stick) – 2 nos
  • Coconut milk – 2 cups
  • Cloves – 5 nos
  • Star Anise –  2 nos
  • Ginger (1 “inch stick) – 1 no
  • Garlic – 7 cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Sesame oil – 1 tbsp.

Making of Paal Kari / Lamb Cooked in coconut milk –


  • Clean the lamb/mutton pieces and keep it aside.
  • Finely chop half the quantity of onion and roughly chop the rest of the pieces.
  • Peel and roughly cube the potatoes to pieces.
  • Take the roughly chopped onions, ¾ tsp of cumin seeds, fennel seeds, ginger, garlic and black peppercorns all together and coarsely crush them.
  • Bring 2 to 3 cups of water to boil in a pressure-cooker, add the mutton/lamb pieces, and all the crushed ingredients, and pressure-cook for 4 to 5 whistles.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add cinnamon, cloves, star anise, leftover cumin seeds and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Add the finely chopped onions, and cook until they turn transparent.
  • Add the cubed potatoes and cook for 5 mins.
  • Pour the pressure-cooked mutton along with the beans and the stock.
  • Add salt, followed by the coconut milk, cover and cook until the curry thickens and the oil starts floating on the top.

Serve hot with Coconut milk rice or Toast Bread.


Mutton Markandam / Lamb Ribs Curry


Usually we use to prepare soup with Mutton Markandam / Lamb Ribs, as it said to be healthy. But in my in-laws place (Sivakasi), they use to prepare curry with Lamb Ribs which would be more delicious and goes out well with steamed rice and dosa. Let me share the recipe…

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Mutton Markandam / Lamb Ribs Curry


  • Mutton Markandam / Lamb Ribs – 500 gm
  • Onions – 250 gm
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tbsp + ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Coriander seeds – 2 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 7 nos
  • Grated coconut – 4 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds / Perunjeeragam – 1 tbsp
  • Fenugreek seeds / Vendayam – ¼ tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 no
  • Star Anise – 1 no
  • Cloves – 4 nos
  • Ginger – 2 “inch stick – 1 piece
  • Garlic – 7 cloves
  • Sesame oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Making of Mutton Markandam / Lamb Ribs Curry –


  • Peel and finely chop the onions, keep it aside.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a pressure-cooker, add the spices – red chillies, 2 tbsp of cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon, star anise, cloves for few mins or until the raw smell goes off.
  • Remove from fire, transfer it to a plate and bring it to room temperature.
  • Heat oil in a pressure-cooker, add mustard and ¼ tsp of cumin seeds, curry leaves and wait until they crackle.
  • Add onions and cook until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Meanwhile grind the roasted spices with grated coconut, ginger and garlic to a fine paste by adding little water.
  • Pour the grounded paste to the onions and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the mutton markandam / lamb ribs followed by salt, and cook for few mins.
  • Pour in a cup of water, let it boil and pressure-cook for 5 to 6 whistles.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure releases, give a stir.

Serve hot with steamed rice, rasam and cabbage stir-fry or omelette.

Lamb Curry / Varuthu Aracha Mutton Kulambu


The term “Varuthu Aracha” means roasted and ground. The Varuthuaracha Mutton curry is nothing but Lamb curry prepared by roasting and grinding the spices at that time of preparing the curry instead of using any spice powders for flavor and taste. This curry has fresh flavor, taste and attractive color.

Check out my other lamb/mutton recipes – Curry, fry, gravy and biryani in this link: https://madraasi.com/main-course/non-vegetarian/lamb-mutton/.

Let us move on to the recipe…

Varuthu Aracha Mutton Kulambu / Lamb Curry

Varuthu Aracha Mutton Kulambu / Lamb Curry


  • Lamb/Mutton – ¾ kg
  • Red chilies – 8 nos
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Poppy seeds – 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 3 tsp
  • Onions – 3 nos
  • Coconut (shredded) – 3 tbsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander stalks – 5 nos
  • Potatoes – 2 nos
  • Salt to taste
  • Gingelly oil – 2 tbsp.


  • Peel and chop roughly chop 2 onions, finely chop the other onion.
  • Peel and roughly chop the potatoes into big pieces.
  • Clean and the chop the mutton to medium pieces. Clean and chop the coriander stalks.
  • Marinate the lamb/mutton pieces with ginger-garlic, salt and turmeric powder for about 30 mins.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a kadhai, add cumin, poppy, red chilies and coriander seeds, for few mins or until a fresh aroma comes out.
  • Add in the roughly chopped onions and shredded coconut, roast them until the raw smell comes out.
  • Remove from fire, spread over a plate and bring them to room temperature.
  • Grind them to fine paste by adding water little by little.
  • Heat oil in a pressure-cooker, add in a ½ tsp of cumin seeds, finely chopped onions and cook until they turn golden brown.
  • Add in the coriander stalks and cook until they turn dark in color.
  • Add in the mutton pieces and cook until the mutton turns pale white in color.
  • Add in the ground masala along with little salt and cook for few mins or until the oil oozes out.
  • Pour in one cup of water, let it boil and pressure-cook for 4 whistles.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure subsides and keep in medium flame, until the oil separates and floats on the top of the curry.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with steamed rice for lunch along with Egg omelette or Beetroot Stir-Fry 1, Beetroot Stir-Fry 2. Also goes well with dosa and parotta.