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Erchi (Mutton) Stew

Mutton stew is usually served at dinnertime on cold nights with fresh slices of bread. It is rich with coconut milk and warm with a handful of aromatic spices.

Erchi (Mutton) Stew


  • ½ kg mutton cut into medium sized pieces
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • 1tbsp ghee
  • ½ cup sliced onion
  • 5 slit green chillies
  • ½ tsp chopped ginger
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • ½ tsp crushed pepper
  • Small pieces of cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • Curry leaves
  • 3 potatoes, boiled and cut into cubes
  • ½ cup thick coconut milk
  • 2 cups thin coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Maida
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional-can add carrot and peas along with potato


  • Marinate the meat with a little salt, turmeric and chilli powder for 2 to 3hours and Cook the meat for about 20 minutes till it is done.
  • In a deep pan pour the thin coconut milk and add onion, ginger, garlic, green chillis, curry leaves, and lastly, the meat. Cook on low heat for a few mins.
  • Make a thin paste of the Maida with a little water or coconut milk and add the Maida paste and cook till the gravy is thick.
  • Then add the cooked potatoes and the ghee and let it continue to cook on low flame for 2 mins.
  • Finally, add the thick coconut milk and remove from the fire and add lime juice

Best Eaten

It can be eaten with fresh slices of bread, paputtu or noolputtu.