Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mutton Balls Curry (Gola Urundai Kuzhambu)

Being a foodie blogger, how can I not post my favorite recipe?! If you don't already know, I am a mutton (goat meat) lover. Ironically, I didn't have a big interest in mutton while growing up, although mom used to cook it once a week. Meaning, I love it, but I could live without it for months too. And my interest continued to descend after moving to the US, because we hardly get to see goat meat in the grocery stores around the places we stayed initially. And the other reason is my husband being a vegetarian, its too boring (also laziness!) to cook for myself. The only chance I get to eat sometimes, is in Indian restaurants, but the taste is not even close to the one I had experienced in India. The flavor between lamb and goat meat sure does make a difference and I almost gave up eating mutton totally for a few years. Well, not anymore :) I've a craziness towards mutton nowadays, god knows why! Perhaps mainly because I do get to see excellent goat meat in the grocery stores nowadays which makes me irresistible to buy, plus my willingness to try cooking different varieties is adding to it and ofcourse you all friends tempt me by posting awesome mouth-watering recipes :)

Moreover, I'm one of those freaks who love to do grocery shopping. I take some time to pick my favorite vegetables to make sure they are fresh and clean, and I walk up and down the aisles to see whats new and interesting. I like it but for my hubby its a torture :) Last week, while I was waiting for my daughter's ballet class to finish, I happened to notice in a nearby grocery store a big board saying "fresh goat meat - every wednesday" and coincidentally it happened to be a wednesday! Could I resist? No! And anyways it was due for my grocery shopping that week. So, I walked into this store and was impressed with the meat section. Minced goat meat special was going on that day and I ended up buying a couple of pounds, and I am so glad I bought that day as my Mutton-ball curry came out fabulous and I enjoyed every bite of it!

This is a beloved dish in our family! Whenever this is made, its a feast in our house. Mom makes it awesome with her special touch and we all thoroughly enjoy it. Although this is not a dish to prepare everytime, its certainly satisfies your craving for mutton whenever you have it.

You can make the mutton balls, toss them into a spicy tangy curry (Kuzhambu) , and/or you can deep fry them too. I make both ways everytime since my daughter loves the deep-fried balls, and I love the curry.


For Mutton balls:

  • Pottu kadalai (Chana dalia) - 2 tbsp

  • Red Chillies - 2

  • Cinnamon - 1/2 inch

  • Cloves - 1

  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp

  • Shredded coconut - 2 tbsp

  • Minced goat meat - 1 lb

  • Shallots - 7 or 8 (you can substitute 1 medium sized red onion chopped finely)

  • Garlic - 3 small pods

  • Curry leaves - chopped finely - 1 tbsp

  • Corriander leaves - chopped finely - a hand full.

For Gravy:

  • Shredded Coconut - 2 tbsp

  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp

  • Kaskas - 1 tsp

  • Garlic - 3 small pods

  • Onion - 1 medium

  • Tomato - 1 medium

  • Cinnamon - 1 inch

  • Cloves - 2

  • Kuzhambu powder - 3 tbsp (Or chilli powder 1 tbsp, corriander powder - 2 tbsp)

  • Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp


  • Grind the first six ingredients mentioned for meat balls without adding water. It will be little moist because of the coconut, and thats fine.

  • Add this mixture to the minced meat, along with salt, chopped onions, chopped garlic, corriander leaves and curry leaves and mix well until the ingredients are all blended well in the meat. Add 1 tsp of oil to this mixture, and make balls of your desired size. Set aside.

  • Grind the first three ingredients mentioned for gravy to a paste. You can add little water.

  • Heat oil in a pan, season with Cinnamon and cloves. Add chopped onions, chopped garlic, curry leaves. Fry until they turn light brown.

  • Add tomatoes, kuzhambu powder and fry for a few mins in medium heat.

  • Add 2 cups water and salt. Cover and cook in medium heat for 10 mins or until you get some nice aroma.

  • Add the coconut paste, tamarind paste and boil for 2 mins. You can add more water depending on your required consistency.

  • While its boiling, simmer the heat, add the mutton balls gently in the curry. Make sure you don't drop the balls on top of each other as they may break.

  • Cover and cook for a few more mins until the meat is completly cooked.

  • Garnish with corriander leaves.

Serve hot with rice. This curry tastes good with aging. So, let it sit for atleast an hour before serving. You can save some of the balls, and deep fry them too as shown in the picture above. They are yummy!


RamyaBala said...

wow...I know only paruppu urundai kolambu..this looks superb...Bookmarked...

Illatharasi said...

Looks too delicious.... my mouth was watering;)

Please check my blog for a surprise:)

Mrs.SriLekha said...

u have a surprise in my blog
same recipe we use to prepare at home but occassionally

kamala said...

Lucky to get goat meat at ur place Sujatha.I too love kola urundai very mcuh..Mouthwatering

Cham said...

Wow, i am drooling over ur plate... such a long time i didn't make it, i won't add tamarind all ingr are same :)

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo...the dish looks awesome..i dont eat mutton but luv to c all the dish...

Jeena said...

This looks too good, no wonder your family feast on this beautiful curry recipe!

It is hard to get goat here too but I do like the taste of goat.

I smiled when I read about how you do your shopping. I am just the same, if I am paying my money for a vegetable I want to pick out the best one. :-D

This is why my hubby hates the shopping if he had his way he would just pick up anything and pay, but me I like to take my time and have a good look at what I am getting. Hey, at least our husbands can not say that we don't like to get our monies worth! :-)

meeso said...

I don't think I've ever had mutton, but I love lamb, and I will definitely try this! My bf won't eat any meat except chicken, so when I'm drooling and enjoying some lamb I can never understand how he doesn't :D

Sujatha said...

Ramya - Do try and let me know :)

Vani, Srilekha - Thanks for sharing your awards with me! I've been pampered with awards lately and I'm so excited :) Thats really nice of you all...

Kamala - Thanks! I know how frustrating it can be if we don't get goat meat in our place..

Sujatha said...

Cham - What are you waiting for then! Just make it and enjoy :) Yeah, tamarind is optional I should say.. You can substitute with tomatoes too.. But somehow I like tamarind flavor for this recipe..

Thanks Suma!

Jeena - I enjoyed reading your comments.. I can completely understand how our husbands are :-)I gave up relying on him for grocery shopping long back :-)

Meeso - Goat meat is less strong in that "meaty" flavor, In india we are used to goat meat and getting used to lamb took some time for me.. But Still, goat is my favorite :) I agree, how could anyone not like goat/lamb, ha ha.. :)

rekhas kitchen said...

wow looks different I am a vege. but I can make for my hubby

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Prema Sundar said...

Mutton balls curry looks yummy.. I have one named vazhaipoo kola urundai in my blog.. will try it with gravy sometime.. thanks for the recipe.

solai said...

Ha sujatha.This weekend I made mutton kola urundai and made the blog ready.The recipe is almost the same.Now I find that you have already posted the same.The snaps itself tells the taste.Ok I will publish my post after some time

Sruthi said...


I am visiting for your blog for the very first time and really fell in love with this recipe... my Amama(grandmother) used to make it.WIll surely try this weekend and let u know.thank you so much.