Friday, July 21, 2006

Mutton Ishtu/Mutton Stew


Mutton Ishtu/Mutton Stew is a very common style of cooking mutton in Kerala,especially as a combination for Vellayappam,Palappam,Kallappam,Noolpittu(Idiyappam),Puttu etc...Mutton stew is in fact a european recipe and I guess the colonialism might have introduced this recipe to our mothers and grandmothers who Indianised it as 'Mutton Ishtu' with their Indian spices!This deceptively bland looking Mutton stew is but one of the most gorgeous mutton preparations...I have seen some add vegetables like carrot to the gravy, but I being a 'pure' nonvegetarian have not allowed any corruption of my mutton!! Here is the Mutton Stew recipe that I have learnt from my mother...


Mutton-250 g-cleaned & cut into pieces
Green Chilli-4-slitted
Cinnamon stick-1 inch-broken
Fennel seeds-1/2tsp
Curry leaves-2 sprigs
Potato-2 large-Diced
Red Onion-1 large-chopped
Indian shallots-50g-chopped
Coconut milk-1 cup(thick)
Pepper corns-1tsp-pounded
Water-3/4 cup
Salt-as required
Oil-1 1/2 tbsp
Coriander leaves-optional


Marinate the cleaned and cut mutton pieces with half a teaspoon pepper powder and salt.(some add a little lemon juice to marinate,bt I have not added)Heat oil in a wok.Saute curry leaves,cardamom,cinnamon,fennel seeds, onion,shallots,ginger,garlic,green chillies(in the same order) till they become transluscent.Add the potato and the mutton.Saute for a couple of minutes. Now add water and cook it till done.(I pressure cooked it for 5 whistles).Now add the pounded pepper corns and cook futher for a couple of minutes.Finally add the coconut milk,mix well and switch off the stove. Let it remain for sometime.You may garnish it with coriander leaves and serve it hot with any of these dishes:
  • UnniPaalappam

  • Paalappam

  • AriPathiri

  • Puttu

  • KeralaPorota

  • Thenga dosa

  • Chappathi

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    Anonymous said...

    Looks yummy. I will make it this weekend. I came to this blog while blog surfing. Do keep up the good work.

    lera said...

    Wow,looks delicious and so authentic.. which one of the following dosa's have you presented in the picture ? your dosa's too are looking so tempting.

    KrishnaArjuna said...

    Stew looks delicious! Can I come for lunch?

    Sumitha said...

    I somehow prefer the nice spicy mutton curry to ishtu,I love the vegetarian version as in potato ishtu:)

    indianadoc said...

    >thanx swapna for dropping try n let me know
    >Lera thanx for the kind words... it is nt dosa...tis simple plain appam...
    >Sure K.A....u r more than welcome always...
    >Sumi I have never liked mutton stew made by anybody other than my mom...somehow people in general have a tendency to make it very bland...My mutton stew is deceptively bland...tis as hot n spicy as any other curry from my kitchen.But generally while posting the recipe i keep my chilli level moderate keepin in mind the general crowd...I'm an ardent chilli lover...I like to 'shed tears' eating my u'r chilli chicken...!!

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    GentleLavender said...

    The recipe sounds delicious, please share more of such recipes.