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Easy Pressure Cooker Mutton Kuzhambu

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Easy home-style mutton kuzhambu made in a pressure cooker. Mutton Kuzhambu is made with homemade masala from scratch. Spicy Tamil Style Mutton Kuzhambu recipe.

  • Total Time: 60m
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x



Mutton Kuzhambu Masala Paste

2 teaspoon Indian sesame oil
2-inch cinnamon (cassia)
6 cloves
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 sprig of curry leaves
2 pods garlic
2-inch ginger, chopped
1/4 cup Indian Shallots
1/3 cup fresh shredded coconut
1/2 cup water

Other Ingredients

2 tablespoons Indian sesame oil
1 cup onions, chopped
3 sprigs curry leaves (divided)
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
2 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon meat masala powder
1.5 cups water
500 grams of mutton bone-in
2 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder


Mutton Kuzhambu Masala Paste

Heat oil in a pan till hot. Add the cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, curry leaves, garlic, chopped ginger, and shallots. Saute everything for three to four minutes till the shallots are soft. Add the fresh shredded coconut and saute for a minute. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool a bit.
Transfer the cooked mixture to a mixie. Add half a cup of water to the mixie and grind everything to a smooth paste. Set aside.

Making The Mutton Kuzhambu

Take a pressure cooker (preferably 5-6 liters). Add oil to the cooker. Add the chopped onions and curry leaves. Saute for 5-6 minutes till the onions are light brown. Adding lots of onions will give body and thickness to the kuzhambu. Add the tomatoes and the salt. Cook for a minute. Add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, coriander powder, and meat masala powder. Saute everything for a minute.
Add the ground masala paste. Wash the mixie with water and add to the cooker. Add about 1.5 cups of water. Mix well. Add the mutton. Bone-in mutton is preferred while making kuzhambu as the bones will make the curry very flavourful. Cover the pan and cook for 20 minutes on a low flame. Do not worry about the number of whistles. Cooking on a low flame is key so the ingredients do not scorch at the bottom. After 20 minutes, remove the cooker from the heat and wait for the pressure to settle.
Open the cooker and check if the meat is cooked and tender. If the meat is still hard, cook for a few minutes more. Finally add a few sprigs of curry leaves, coriander leaves, and black pepper powder. Simmer for a minute.
Mutton kuzhambu is ready. This kuzhambu is best served with idli or rice. This tastes good with rice-based dishes. Enjoy!


I have used ready-made meat masala for flavor. The easily available south Indian-style chicken masala or mutton masala will work for this recipe.
Readymade Chicken Masala
Readymade Mutton Masala

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 45m
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