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Recipe: Pepper Masala Mutton Chops

May 06, 2022 13:24 IST
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Should you be planning on making your mom something special on the weekend, we have a recipe for you.

Model and photographer Prasanna Pandarinathan's late mother Nirmala Pandarinathan's Pepper Masala Mutton Chop is an impressive dish to cook for Mother's Day.

A family pleaser, it is not very complicated, tastes wonderful and pairs nicely with steamed rice and Chicken Curry or Pamban Fish Curry for an evening dinner.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Prasanna Pandarinathan

Pepper Masala Mutton Chops

"I can't remember a single time when mutton chops in pepper masala came out tasting less than perfect," says Prasanna.

"Dad and my nephew Anush are testimony to that, since we wouldn't hear a peep from people until every last morsel on their plates had been devoured."

Serves: 3-4


  • 1 kg mutton chops
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ tsp haldi or turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp chilly powder
  • 1 tbsp dhania or coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • Few curry leaves
  • Few green dhania or coriander or cilantro leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • A few cherry tomatoes, for serving


  • Wash the mutton and rub a little of the pepper powder, chilly powder, turmeric powder, some of the ginger-garlic paste and a little salt into it and set aside for 30 minutes.
    Pressure cook the mutton for 3 whistles with 1 cup of water.
  • Heat the oil and fry the onions for a few minutes and then add the remaining ginger-garlic paste.
    Add the chopped tomatoes, chilly powder, coriander powder and garam masala.
    Cook for 5 minutes, add the coconut milk and the chops.
    Cook till tender and when the masala dries up add the remaining pepper powder and the curry leaves.
    Serve hot with a few cherry tomatoes on the side and steamed rice or rotis or iddiappams.

Note: You might consider using ghee instead of oil for a more special flavour.

Pepper Masala Mutton Chops pairs well with Divya Nair's Kerala Potato Ishtu.

Excerpted from Ammi by Prasanna Pandarinathan with kind permission from the publishers Rupa Publications India.

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