Shanti’s Mutton Thoku

 My friends Aparna and Aravind in Chennai, India have a fabulous cook who makes some amazing South Indian food. This past summer I got a peek into Shanti’s kitchen and learned some of her super recipes.


Here is a wonderful spicy mutton dish which goes really well with hot white rice.




Shanti’s Mutton Tokku

 Serves 8Print This Recipe


1 kg. mutton (with bones), cut into 2” pieces

5 cloves

8 green cardamom

1 tsp. fennel seeds (saunf)

1 tsp. rai (black mustard seeds)

2” cinnamon

1 tsp. turmeric powder (haldi)

Chili powder to taste

4 heaped tsp. sambar powder (store bought or home made)

1 sprig curry leaves

3 medium onions, chopped

1 tbsp. garlic & ginger

4 small plum tomatoes, chopped

1 bunch cilantro





• In a pressure cooker add mutton and ½ cup of water and cook for about 20 minutes or until meat is cooked.


• Add set aside.


• In a wok or kadai heat 3 tbsp. oil.


• Add the cloves, cardamom, fennel, rai and cinnamon.


• Add the onions and ground garlic and ginger.


• Cook for about 10 minutes.


• Add chopped tomatoes, curry leaves, haldi and salt.


• Add 4 heaped tsp. sambar powder and chili powder.


• Cover and cook for 15 minutes.


• Add the cooked mutton and cook the mixture for ½ hour uncovered until the gravy dries up a bit.


• Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or dosas.

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