Kerala Handi Mutton Curry

A delicious combination of Kerala flavours and the unique handi taste!

Mutton curry is always a sure favourite for non-veg lovers. The soft and succulent meat packed with flavour is a stellar treat. Preparing handi mutton curry isn’t common to Kerala, but I have created a recipe that combines the flavours of Kerala with the handi manner of preparation. Slow cooking mutton in an earthen pot creates a unique flavour, which is what I have tried to capture in this recipe.

If you are unable to cook the dish in an earthen pot, you can go ahead and prepare it in a pressure cooker! The flavours are so strong that it will not take away from the quality of your dish at all. You can also check out another unique mutton recipe of mine, the spicy mutton ghee roast.

How to prepare easy mutton curry in 2 steps

  1. Marinate mutton with the list of ingredients mentioned for 1 hour.
  2. Cook in an earthen pot on slow fire for 1 and a half hours or in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes.

What to serve with this dish

This dish pairs well with Kerala porotta, appam, rice or roti. Personally, I like serving it with Kerala porotta best.

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Kerala Handi Mutton Curry

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 90 min Total Time 1 hr 40 mins Servings: 6



  1. Wash and drain clean the mutton pieces. 

  2. Add sliced onions, sliced shallots (1/2 cup), crushed garlic (1/2 cup), crushed ginger (1/2 cup), curry leaves, green chillies, all the spice powders, and half the coconut oil. Rub all the ingredients together and keep it aside for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 

  3. Apply coconut oil inside an earthen pot. Add the mutton pieces, salt, tomatoes and 2 pods of crushed garlic with skin. Stir all the ingredients together. Add the rest of the coconut oil and water. Close with a lid. Seal the lid by applying dough around the edges. 

  4. Cook on low flame for 1 and a half hours. Switch off and let it rest for 10 minutes. Open the lid and adjust the salt if needed. Sprinkle 1/2 tbsp of garam masala. 

  5. Fry 1/2 cup of shallots and a few curry leaves in coconut oil and pour over the cooked mutton. Add water if needed. And bring it to a boil. Take off the flame. 


Mutton - Use a good cut of mutton like shoulder or leg. 

Ginger and garlic - Use Indian ginger and Indian garlic for maximum flavour. 

Sealing the pot - Take 1 cup of wheat flour and add enough water to make a soft dough. Roll into a log and place it around the edges of the pot. Press the dough to seal it lightly.

Earthen pot - I prefer to use seasoned black earthen pot with a lid to prepare this dish. 

Pressure cooker - This recipe can be cooked in a pressure cooker. Marinate with the ingredients for an hour. Cook on high flame until the first whistle. Then lower the flame and cook for 15-20 minutes. Switch off and rest for 30 minutes until the pressure is released. 

Keywords: easy mutton recipe, malabar mutton, kerala mutton curry, handi mutton curry, traditional mutton curry, slowcooked mutton curry
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