Mutton pappas- an authentic Kerala mutton curry

Mutton pappas

The words mappas and pappas are bound to crop up if you are talking food with a grandma from a typical Syrian Christian family. Unique to the state, or the region, these yummy non-vegetarian side dishes have found their place in the top 10 dishes from the state. Cooked in coconut milk, pappas is ideal for a breakfast with freshly made palappams or rotis. The juicy meat and creamy gravy gives the curry an aroma that is truly divine.


1/2 kg mutton cut into pieces

1 cup green peas

2 potatoes, sliced

3 tbsp oil

2 onions, sliced

5 green chilies, sliced

2 tsp ginger, chopped

1 sprig curry leaves

5 cloves of garlic

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp meat masala

1 cup thick coconut milk

2 cups of thin coconut milk

Salt as required

1 tsp vinegar


Pour water and salt in a pressure cooker

Cook the mutton pieces in this

Take the pieces from the water and set aside

Now add the green peas and potatoes to this water and cook well

Heat oil in a pan and add onions, green chilies, 1 tsp ginger and curry leaves to it, saute well

Grind together the remaining ginger, garlic and the masala powders together

Add this mixture to the sauteed onions and mix well

When the mixture is lightly fried, add the cooked mutton pieces to it, mix well

Now add the cooked green peas and potatoes

Pour the thin coconut milk to it and stir well

When the curry starts to boil, add the thick coconut milk and stir well

Keep it in stove for 5 minutes

Remove it from the stove and add vinegar, stir well

Serve hot with palappam

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