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April 23, 2009

Celebrating my 100th post with MOM'S SPECIAL MUTTON PICKLE

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I am so happy today, this is my 100th post, and what a ride it has been but I think I am happiest cooking and then blogging about it, really!

This pickle is one of my mom's signature dishes, (did I tell you she used to take cooking classes), it is a classic and is soooo delicious, anyone who tastes it once always keeps asking for more, it is Gagan's absolute favorite too and wins hands down over any other non-veg dish.

The pickle is spicy, sour and has a touch of Goan vindaloo style to it I think, it is full of flavor and is very good with paranthas and rice as well as on its own, it is actually my mom's secret recipe and it took a huge amount of coaxing and cajoling to get it out of her!


  • Boneless mutton-1 kg

  • Garlic-3 and a 1/2 whole heads peeled and ground to a paste

  • Mustard oil-1 cup

  • Red chillies whole-5

  • Black cardamom-5

  • Cinnamon sticks-3

  • Cloves-7

  • Cumin seeds-2 tbsp+1 tsp

  • Cayenne pepper(deggi mirch)-1 tbsp

  • Vinegar-1/2 to 3/4 cup

  • Salt to taste


With a sharp knife chop boneless mutton into bite size pieces, DO not wash the mutton, dry roast and grind all the dry masalas together except for red chillies, marinate mutton pieces in about half head of garlic and 1 tsp dry masala, leave for an hour.Now after an hour, heat oil in a pressure cooker add the cumin seeds and let crackle, next add the garlic paste, marinated mutton and all the rest of the ingredients except vinegar, dry roast the mutton for 5 minutes then close lid and give 4-5 whistles, let pressure drop by itself, DO not add any water.Open the lid and on medium flame dry roast the mutton, stirring all the time and adding vinegar little by little, till oil leaves sides of pan , add salt, keep frying till totally dry.

This pickle can be transferred to a clean container and will keep stored in the refrigerator for several weeks,IF it lasts that long!

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Asha April 23, 2009 at 8:20 PM  

Happy 100th Bindiya, enjoy the pickle. One of my Muslim friends in B'lore gave this once to me, loved it! :)

Madhumathi April 23, 2009 at 11:13 PM  

Congrats on your 100th post!
Never heard of mutton pickle..It sounds great!!

Ramya Vijaykumar April 23, 2009 at 11:27 PM  

Wow the pickle is delectable... You have such wonderful pieces on your table too (I mean not alone the Mutton Pickle)...

Anonymous ,  April 24, 2009 at 8:29 AM  

Hi Bindiya,

Congrats on your 100`th post. All the very best to go a loooong loong way!!!



Suparna April 24, 2009 at 9:25 AM  

Congratulations on the 100th post! wishing u many more mile stones to reach :) Happy blogging. Though I don't eat mutton, the pickle looks irresistable. nice snaps.

vidhas April 24, 2009 at 10:10 AM  

Congrats on your mile stone. Awesome clicks.

Priya April 24, 2009 at 1:30 PM  

So spicy& hot mutton Pickle, feel like having rite now with my dal rice!

Shama Nagarajan April 24, 2009 at 1:54 PM  

Congrats dear..all the best wishes....yummy different pickle

Arch April 25, 2009 at 10:22 AM  

Congratulations Bindiya...this recipe sounds so good...nice pics too

Raman Mohan October 6, 2009 at 10:29 AM  

Hi Bindiya: As a student at Chandigarh in the 70s we used to go to Dhalli near Parwanoo to savour mutton pickle with beer. It was delectable. But now the quality of pickle there is pitiable. I tried your mother's recipe and was transported back to the 70s. Absolutely fantastic and so simple.Thanks for your recipes and keep posting more.

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