Mutton Curry Recipe to Make with Chettinad Spice Paste

Originating in the Chettinad region in Tamil Nadu, Chettinad dishes are well-known for their distinctive aroma and heavenly taste. What makes the Chettinad cuisine stand out is its level of hotness created by a variety of spices in non-vegetarian dishes.



Among several popular recipes, Chettinad mutton masala gravy is an absolute classic. This hot, spicy, and aromatic dish is made of distinctive spices, including peppercorn, chilies, cardamom, coconut, and cinnamon. You cannot compromise on the ingredients; otherwise, it won’t have the flavour and aroma associated with the Chettinad mutton curry.


Why Cook Your Mutton Curry with Chettinad Spice Paste?


The key to preparing the famous Chettinad mutton curry is to get the masala right. There’s nothing as rewarding as preparing the Chettinad masala from scratch for your mutton gravy. However, everybody doesn’t have that luxury. Sometimes, the spices are difficult to source, which can be a problem when cooking this dish. Other times, you may not have the time and energy to put in all that hard work to have your favorite Chettinad mutton gravy.


Fortunately, there is a way out of it – one where you can enjoy the delicious flavour and aroma of Chettinad mutton curry without having to deal with the hassle of preparing the masala. All you need is a readymade organic Chettinad spice paste, and your recipe is sorted.


Prepared from organic and fresh red onions, desiccated coconut, tangy tomatoes, curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste, and whole spices, ready-made Chettinad spice paste takes away the hassle of preparing your favorite recipe while saving you a lot of time in the kitchen. If you haven’t ordered your organic Chettinad spice paste yet, get it today!


How to Prepare Your Mutton Curry with Chettinad Spice Paste?


All you have to do is marinate your mutton pieces for a couple of hours while you work on the masala and gravy. You can cook it in a pan, but that doesn’t mean you cannot use a pressure cooker. You will save quite some time but cooking in the pan has a unique taste. You’ll find a noticeable difference when you cook your mutton in a pan. If your utensils are made from earthen materials, it is all the way better.


At the time of serving, nothing beats the banana leaf. If you’re keen to enjoy an authentic feel, don’t shy away from it.


For your convenience, we have prepared a detailed step-by-step set of instructions that can help you prepare your favorite Chettinad mutton curry at home. Give it a try!




  1. Mutton/Lamb Pieces – 600 grams
  2. Organic Picosa Chettinad Masala Paste – 100 grams
  3. Onion – 1 Large (chopped)
  4. Tomatoes – 2 Medium (chopped)
  5. Mustard Seeds – 1 Teaspoon
  6. Turmeric Powder – 1 Teaspoon
  7. Salt – 1 Teaspoon (or as per taste)
  8. Lemon Juice – 1 Teaspoon
  9. Oil – 1 Tablespoon
  10. Curry Leaves – 1 String
  11. Fresh Coriander Leaves




  1. You need to start by marinating the mutton pieces using turmeric powder, lemon juice, and salt and keep it for 60 minutes.
  2. After you’re done marinating your mutton, add the organic Chettinad mutton masala to it and mix it well. Now you can let it sit for 60 minutes or more.
  3. Add a tablespoon of oil to your pan after heating it. When the oil gets hot, you can add mustard seeds to it and let it crackle.
  4. Add chopped onion and curry leaves to the pan. When the onion turns light golden, you should add tomatoes into the pan and cook until they turn mushy.
  5. When you’re done, you add your marinated mutton pieces to the pan with 2 cups of water along with it. Allow it to cook at least for 30-40 minutes at low-medium heat for cooking the meat properly. Keep stirring in between to check the pieces for softness and texture. When the mutton pieces turn soft, and the gravy has reached the desired consistency, you can switch off the flame.
  6. You can add coriander leaves to garnish, and your Chettinad mutton masala gravy is ready. Don’t forget to serve it hot!


Additional Notes –


  • If you wish to reduce the overall cooking time, you can try pressure cooking the marinated meat for at least 2-3 whistles and adding the gravy to cook for around 8-10 minutes until it thickens.
  • You can go for goat meat or lamb meat according to your taste or preference.
  • The taste of your recipe is the best when cooked using mustard oil.
  • You can add red onions instead of sambar shallots to prepare this recipe.
  • You can replace lemon juice with fresh curd (sour) to marinate the mutton pieces.


When you’re done preparing your authentic mutton with Chettinad masala paste recipe, you can serve it with Indian bread or hot steamed rice for a hearty meal.

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