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Mutton kulambu served in a bowl

Mutton Kulambu | Mutton gravy for Idly/Dosa

Mutton Kulambu - Delicious Mutton gravy made from Scratch
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword mutton gravy, mutton kulambu, mutton kulambu for idli, salem
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 350kcal
Author Shalini


  • 500 Grams Mutton
  • 15 Shallots
  • 1 tbsp Ginger-garlic Paste
  • few Curry leaves –
  • 2 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Castor oil
  • 1 tsp Onion Vadagam
  • Salt as required
  • 1/4 cup Oil

For Masala:

  • 1/4 cup Coconut
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp Roasted gram dal
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper corns
  • 1 tsp Khus khus
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 Dry red chilli



  • Add all items under “for masala” and ½ cup of water in a mixer-grinder. Make it a fine paste. Add more water if required.

How to make Mutton Kulambu

  • In a pressure cooker, add oil. Once hot, add mustard seeds, split urad dal, shallots, curry leaves, vadagam and sauté well.
  • Once onion turned soft, add all the spice powders and mix well. Let it cook for 2 mins.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and mix well. Cook till raw smell goes off.
  • Add cleaned mutton pieces and castor oil. Castor oil helps in cooking of mutton. Just a tsp of castor oil is good enough. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add required salt and 1 cup of water. Pressure cook for 6 whistles in high heat.
  • Let the pressure release naturally.
  • Add the paste and 2 cups of water to the cooker. Check for salt.
  • Pressure cook for 2 more whistles.
  • Switch off the heat.


  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Enjoy mutton Kulambu with hot idlies.
  • Onion vadagam is a sun-dried seasoning ball used for added flavors. Onions with other spices are made into a ball and sun- dried for few days. It is usually prepared during summer and stored for the whole year. I will try to post the recipe for the same soon.
  • This gravy goes well with Biryani too. Check out the recipe for Mutton Biryani