Pressure Cooker Mutton Stew

Stew is a traditional Christian dish of Kerala. Stews pairs well with appam and bread. It is an important part of Christmas breakfast.

Stews worth trying 
Mutton – 1/2 kg
Green chili, slit – 4 nos
Cardamom – 3 – 4 nos
Peppercorns – 1 tsp
Cloves – 4 nos
Cinnamon – 1 inch piece
Ginger, chopped – 1 tsp
Garlic – 1 tsp
Salt as needed
Curry leaves – few
Potatoes  – 2 medium
Carrots – 2 nos
Onion, thinly sliced – 2 nos
Green chilies – 2 nos
Thin coconut milk – 2
Thick coconut milk – 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves chopped – 2 tbsp
Mint leaves, chopped – 1 tbsp
Oil or ghee as needed
Rice flour – 2 1/2 tsp
Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Peel potatoes and carrot. Cut it into square pieces.
Pressure cook mutton with green
chilies, ginger, garlic, cardamom, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, curry leaves,
salt with 1/2 cup of water for 
3-4 whistles or until it is done. Open the lid of the pressure cooker to see if mutton is cooked. When mutton is cooked, add potato and
carrot. Cook only till 1 whistle. This step is really important. Otherwise, potato and carrot will be overcooked.

Heat oil in a pan. Add cashewnuts and fry till they turn light brown. Set this aside to use later. 

In the remaining oil left after frying cashewnuts, add onion and green chilies. Saute well. When onion turns translucent, add rice flour and sauté. Now add  thin coconut milk to the onion mixture. Transfer this mixture to pressure cooker and mix well. Allow it to boil. When the gravy is slightly thickened, add thick coconut milk and garam masala. Now just heat through the gravy. Switch off the stove immediately. Don’t allow it to boil or else the coconut milk will curdle. Add coriander leaves and mix. Garnish with fried cashewnuts. Serve hot with vellayappam or bread. 


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