Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Chettinad Uppu Kari

Chettinad uppu kari is a mutton delicacy from Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu. Its a delicious, mildly spiced mutton masala prepared with shallots, garlic and dry red chillies. No added masala powders. This one is easy to prepare and one of the best preparation with mutton. A must try !

Recipe Source :


  • 500 Grams mutton cut into small cubes
  • 3 Tablespoon sesame seed oil / vegetable oil
  • 1 Teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 Sprigs of curry leaf
  • 6 Garlic cloves crushed and then chopped finely
  • 1/2 Inch ginger piece chopped finely
  • 10 Dry red chillies cut into small pieces or broke in halves
  • 1 Cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 Small tomato chopped finely
  • 1/4 Teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste


1. Wash mutton pieces and set aside
2. In a pressure cooker, add sesame seed oil. When the oil is hot, add fennel seeds and fry for 10 seconds
3. Then add curry leaves and fry until they are crispy
4. Add chopped garlic and ginger and fry until garlic turns light golden
5. Add shallots and fry until they are soft
6. Add broken red chillies and fry for a minute
7. Then add tomatoes and fry until tomatoes are mushy
8. Add mutton pieces and sauté on high flame for 5 minutes. Once the mutton changes color and oil starts separating from the mixture, add turmeric powder and give it a stir


9. Add 3/4 Cup of water , season with salt and mix everything
10. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 10 minutes on medium flame

11. Once the pressure drops, open the pressure cooker and cook the mutton on high flame until all water evaporates and mutton masala is thick
12. Switch off the flame and serve hot with steamed rice as a side

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