Mutton Chops

Mutton chops in Tamilnadu is a goat or lamb dish often eaten with rice and rasam or various curry sauces. It is different from the mutton chops consumed in the West, in everything from its spicy strong flavor to the way in which it is prepared.

Mutton Chops
Mutton Chops

Servings: 3

Cooking Time: 1 hour


Mutton: 300 grams  of goat or lamb meat with bones, preferably cut from the rib portion.
Black pepper: 1.5 of a teaspoon
Cumin: 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder: 0.25 teaspoon
Ginger, Garlic paste: 1 teaspoon
Coriander Powder: 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon : 1″ piece
Cloves: 2
Aniseed: 0.25 teaspoon
Coriander leaves: 2 sprigs
Green chili: 1
Salt: 0.5 teaspoon
Oil: 2 tablespoon


Blend all the ingredients except the oil and meat into a smooth paste. Wash the meat and gently flatten with a wooden spoon, apply the blended paste and marinate for half an hour. Then pressure cook the meat with the ground mixture in 3/4th cup water for 12 minutes. Heat oil in a pan, add the cooked meat with the water and spices and cook till the desired consistency is attained.

Mutton Chops
Mutton Chops
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Mutton Fry – Virudhunagar Style

Mutton Fry : When mutton is deep fried crisp in oil,  it is an excellent choice as side dish for a rice based meal along with sambar or any other curry.   This dish gets its name from the place called Virudhunagar as it is commonly served in this part of Tamil Nadu.  Unlike many other mutton preparations which need too many ingredients, this delicacy is prepared with only a few spices.

Mutton Virudhunagar 1
Mutton Fry


COOKING TIME: 40 minutes


1.  Mutton: 1 Kilogram

2.  Shallots (Small onions): 1/2 kg

3.  Dry Red Chili: 20 nos

4.  Cumin Seed (jeera): 2 Table spoon

5.  Salt: 2 Teaspoon

6.  Turmeric Powder: 2 Teaspoon

7.  Oil ( preferably Gingely Oil): 250 ml.

Mutton Virudhunagar 2


Cut the mutton pieces into even sizes of one inch cubes. Peel, wash and chop the shallots into big pieces. Split the Red chili. Heat Oil in a skillet and add the mutton cubes with turmeric powder and salt and cook it over medium heat for 15 minutes stirring it now and then. You can keep it covered. When the meat is half cooked,  add the chopped
onions,  cumin seeds and dry red chilies. Fry the mutton till it is cooked crisp.

Tips:   Only if the mutton cubes are of the same size, they can be cooked evenly at the same time.
While chopping the shallots also, care should be taken to see that they are of same big size.
Oil is used profusely in this dish and you can drain the excess oil before serving if necessary.


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