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Mutton uppukari

Chettinad Mutton uppukari recipe

Chettinad Mutton uppukari is a popular mutton dry recipe, that requires simple ingredients like onions and red chillies without special masalas and spices. Serve mutton uppukari as a side dish with rasam rice, sambar rice, appam, and ghee rice.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, starters
Cuisine chettinad, South Indian
Servings 4
Calories 300 kcal


  • Pressure cooker
  • Cooking pan


  • 500 g Mutton
  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil (gingelly oil)
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 2 Cinnamon barks
  • 10 Red chillies
  • 2 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 20 Pearl onions or 1 cup shallots
  • 6 Garlic pods crushed
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • ½ cup water



  • Wash mutton properly with lots of water.
  • Peel pearl onions (or shallots) and garlic, keep aside.

How to boil mutton for uppukari:

  • Take mutton pieces in a right sized pressure cooker.
  • Add 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and 1tsp of salt.
  • Add half a cup of water and a tbsp of sesame oil and mix. Don't add excess water than needed.
  • Cover with the lid, pressure cook for 5 whistles.

Recipe to make Mutton uppu kari:

  • Heat a tbsp of oil in another pan and add a tsp of fennel seeds and cinnamon bark for seasoning.
  • Let the fennel seeds crackle few seconds, add 10 broken dry red chillies and saute few seconds at low heat. You can adjust the number of chillies based on your taste preference.
  • Add pearl onions or a cup of chopped shallots and 6 crushed garlic pods.
  • Saute garlic onions and chillies for 5 minutes until onions become translucent and soft.
  • Next add the mutton along with the stock water with some fresh curry leaves.
  • Add some turmeric powder and a tsp of salt. Note: Remember, we have added salt while pressure cooking mutton.
  • Mix well and let the mutton pieces cook further to absorb the spices and stock. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes on low heat to get the glazed dry texture of Mutton uppukari.
  • Switch off at your desired consistency and serve the mutton uppu kari with piping hot rasam rice for best combo.



1) Though the same recipe goes good with boneless mutton, the uppukari tastes great with boned mutton.
2) Adjust the number red chillies based on the variety and spice preference.
3) Don't use any special masalas or spices other than mentioned in the recipe. This is the authentic uppukari recipe.


Serving: 150gCalories: 300kcal
Keyword Chettinad uppukari, mutton recipes, Mutton uppukari
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