How to make Mutton Ishtew -

An ideal accompaniment with the Kerala favourite appam, this mutton stew is very flavourful.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Mutton On Bone, Scraped Coconut (कसा हुआ नारियल)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Mutton

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Mutton Ishtew

Mutton Ishtew Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Mutton Ishtew Recipe

  • Mutton On Bone 1 1/2 inch pieces on the bone 750 grams

  • Scraped Coconut scraped 2 cups

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 2 teaspoons

  • Black peppercorns 5

  • Cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Star anise 2

  • Cinnamon 1 inch stick

  • Green cardamoms 4

  • Potatoes 1 inch cubes 2 medium

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Green chillies slit 4-5

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Soak scraped coconut in two cups warm water for five minutes. Grind and squeeze through a muslin cloth to extract thick milk.

Step 2

Repeat this process two more times but with only one cup water to get a second and third thinner extracts. Dry roast chana dal, peppercorns, cumin seeds and coriander seeds on medium heat.

Step 3

Cool and grind to a powder. Pressure cook mutton in two cups water for six whistles or until almost done. Drain and keep aside. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan, add star anise, cinnamon and green cardamoms and sauté till fragrant. Add pressure-cooked mutton, potatoes, curry leaves, green chillies and salt.

Step 4

Sprinkle powdered masala and cook, stirring continuously, for five minutes. Add third coconut extract, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook on medium heat for five minutes or until potatoes are almost cooked.

Step 5

Add second extract and continue cooking till the both mutton and potatoes are completely cooked. Remove from heat and stir in first extract of coconut milk and adjust salt.

Step 6

Reheat and simmer for two to three minutes before serving hot with appams or paranthas.

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