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Mutton (Lamb) Head Roast / Thalakari Varuval / How to make Thalakari Varuval with Video

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Varuval is a semi-dry dish which is can be served as a side dish for rice, idly or dosa. Also, generous amount of oil is used in this dish, as the food gets cooked more in oil and less of water. Thala Kari Varuval or Lamb Head roast is one of the common dish among all the south Indian families (consuming non-vegetarian). Also, I have shared 2 variants of Lamb head curry / Thala Kari kulambu in my earlier posts, also click here to check out the recipe – Lamb Head Curry / Thala Kari Kulambu – 1 and Lamb Head Curry / Thala Kari Kulambu – 2.

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Coming to this varuval or roast, I have cooked the lamb head / Thala Kari with few ingredients available in all kitchens, but it tastes delicious. Let me share the recipe…

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Lamb Head Roast / Thalakari Varuval

Ingredients:

  • Mutton (Lamb) Head – ¼ kg
  • Onions – 3 no’s (medium size)
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 2 ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Pepper – 1 tsp
  • Ginger – 1 “inch stick – 1 no
  • Garlic – 6 cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • Sesame oil – 2 tbsp

Making of Lamb Head Roast / Thalakari Varuval –

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions.
  • Clean the mutton head and roughly chop them into pieces.
  • Crush the ginger, garlic, 2 tsp of cumin seeds, black pepper to a coarse powder.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add mustard seeds, leftover cumin seeds and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Add the onions and cook until they turn golden brown, add the crushed spice masala (ginger, garlic, cumin and peppercorns).
  • Add the red chilli powder and turmeric powder, cook until the raw smell of the powder goes off.
  • Add the lamb head / thala Kari, salt and cook for 3 mins.
  • Pour ½ cup of water, and pressure-cook for 3 whistles or cover and cook until the meat is cooked.
  • Once the meat is cooked, remove the lid and cook in medium flame until the water evaporates and the oil floats on the top of the varuval.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot. Goes out well with steamed rice or idly or dosa.

Note: After cooking when you need it to be gravy, you can wait until the oil floats on the top and remove the dish else if you want it to be dry, you can cook until the water evaporates and remove the dish.

Lamb head curry / Aatu thala curry

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Lamb head / Thala curry is one of the most delicious curry among all the other spare parts of Lamb. I prepare it whenever I get Lamb head. Other than brain you could use all the head pieces which includes eyes, tongue, ear and so on. This goes out well with rice, idli, dosa and so on. I have tried out my own version of this curry without coconut. It was delicious and aromatic.

Lamb head curry / Aatu thala kuzhambu / Thala kari

Lamb head curry / Aatu thala kuzhambu / Thala kari

Ingredients:

  • Lamb head / Aatu thala – ½ kg
  • Big onions – 3 nos
  • Cumin seeds – 3 tsp
  • Peppercorns – 3 tsp
  • Curry masala powder – 1 tsp (Available in all Indian stores)
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Garlic – 10 cloves
  • Ginger – 2” inch stick
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Methi seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 3 tsp

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Preparation:

  • Finely chop the onions and crush them.
  • Peel and crush the ginger and garlic.
  • Crush cumin seeds and peppercorns.
  • Heat oil in kadai or pressure cooker.
  • Put mustard seeds, ¼ tsp of cumin seeds, methi seeds and curry leaves. Wait till they crackle.
  • Put onion, ginger-garlic and fry them till they turn golden brown.
  • Put the crushed spices and fry them till the raw smell goes off.
  • Put the Lamb head and fry them for a minute.
  • Put turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt.
  • Fry it till the raw smell goes off.
  • Pour 2 cups of water and allow it to boil.
  • Put curry masala powder and stir it well.
  • Cover with the lid and wait till get cooked or pressure cook it.
  • When it’s cooked, remove the lid and put it in sim. Wait till the oil separates and floats on the top.

Serve hot with dosa, idli, rice and so on.

Today’s Special

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Really today I am damn tired (^o^). From morning, I have been running for market, then cleaning home – this job is yet to finished, few more rooms yet to be done, evening visit by guests and then I got a little time to sit. Again started planning for the dinner. I love to cook, but the problem with me is selecting the menu – What to cook (choosing the main ingredient), How to cook (new recipe or familiar one or innovative recipe). Since being a weekend and whole family at home, started a discussion what to cook and how to cook. But finally as usually everyone skipped out from the question and I started breaking my head and opened the refrigerator to check out what I got in home. When I opened the freezer, I found at the Lamb head lying in a box, so finally decided to cook the lamb head with dosa. As the first step was over, I started hunting for a recipe. Atlast was not satisfied with any of the recipes and I started to do discover my very own recipe, also applied it to the dish and the dish came out very well. I loved to have that curry with dosa, since because of the mouth-watering taste, I had one more dosa than usually I have. So I am about to share the recipe with every one. Had a satisfied dinner, feeling sleepy (-_-)zzz, going to hit my bed.  Click Lamb Head curry/Aatu thala kuzhambu for recipe.

 

 

Dosa with Lamb head curry / Aatu thala kuzhambu

Dosa with Lamb head curry / Aatu thala kuzhambu