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Mutton Chops Karnataka Style

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Passive Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: Karnataka
Keyword: Lamb, Mutton
Servings: 4 people



To pressure cook mutton

  • 500 grams mutton chops
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon oil any cooking oil
  • salt a pinch

For the masala paste

  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 6 green chillies sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 tablespoon Bengal gram toasted
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (coriander leaves) chopped
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 20 cloves garlic small
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 dry coconut grated (you can use fresh coconut as well)

To saute

  • 2 tablespoons oil any cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 green chilly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon Kashmiri chilli powder optional
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder optional
  • salt as required


  • Wash and drain the mutton chops.
  • In a pressure cooker, add the mutton chops, turmeric powder, a pinch of salt, and oil.
  • Add half cup of water. Combine well, and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
  • Switch off and the let cooker release pressure naturally.
  • Heat one tablespoon oil in a pan. Add one sliced onion, 6 green chillies, and black peppercorns. Saute till the onion becomes tender and the raw smell vanish.
    Mutton Chops Karnataka Style Steps - Sauteing onions and green chillies
  • Transfer to a blender and wait for it to cool down.
  • Add the cinnamon, cloves, Bengal gram, mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, garlic, grated dry coconut and turmeric powder.
    Mutton Chops Karnataka Style Steps - Adding ingredients to the blender
  • Grind into a thick, fine paste adding a little water at a time. I ended up using 1 cup of water.
    Mutton Chops Karnataka Style Steps - Ground masala paste is ready
  • Heat two tablespoons oil in a cooking pot. Add one sliced onion and green chilli.
    Mutton Chops Karnataka Style Steps - Frying onions
  • Fry on a medium flame till the onions turn golden brown.
    Mutton Chops Karnataka Style Steps - Fry until the onions are golden brown
  • Open the pressure cooker. Transfer the cooked mutton and juices into the pot.
    Mutton Chops Karnataka Style Steps - Mutton chops added to the cooking pot
  • Add the ground masala paste.
  • Combine well and bring to boil on a medium flame.
    Mutton Chops Karnataka Style Steps - Ground masala paste added to the cooking pot
  • Add coriander powder and chilli powder (both optional) and salt. I added both.
  • Mix well and cook on a medium flame with the lid on.
    Mutton Chops Karnataka Style Steps - After adding the chilli powder and coriander powder
  • Open the lid occasionally and give it a stir.
  • If the gravy is going too dry, you can add a little water.
  • You have to cook for 15-20 minutes so that the ground paste can blend well into the mutton and gravy.
  • I cooked for 20 minutes. I added a cup of water during this.
  • Open the lid and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes while stirring frequently.
  • Add more water or salt if required.
  • Switch off and serve hot with chapati, roti, or ragi mudde.