by Layla suzette


Meat Stew

Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • Tender Lamb/Goat meat with bones- 500 gms

Whole spices:

  • Green cardamom- 5
  • Cloves- 4
  • Cinnamon- 2 one inch pieces
  • Bay leaf- 2
  • Onion, sliced- 4 medium (60 gm each)
  • Whole garlic cloves crushed- 4 cloves with skin
  • Ginger chopped- 1-inch piece
  • Green chilies, chopped- 2-3 nos.
  • Curry leaves- 2 sprigs (15-20 leaves)
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper powder- 3/4 tsp
  • Fennel powder (saunf) - 1/4 tsp

  • Thick coconut milk (1st extract) - 1/2 cup OR 4 tsp coconut powder + 1/2 cup water
  • Thin coconut milk (2nd extract) - 1 cup OR 3 tsp coconut powder + 1 cup water

  • Coriander leaves, chopped for garnish
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Oil- 3 tbsp



  • Slice the onions and chop the ginger, green chilies & coriander leaves.
  • Crush the garlic cloves with skin.
  • Prepare coconut milk- 1 cup thick and 1 cup thin.


  • Heat oil in a pan or Kadai.
  • Add the whole spices and when the spices splutter, add the curry leaves.
  • Give a stir and add the sliced onions. Fry for 1-2 mins and then add the salt. Fry on medium heat for 5 mins and then add the turmeric powder. Mix well and fry for 1-2 mins till the onions are translucent.
  • Now add the chopped ginger, 4 whole crushed garlic, and the chopped green chilies. Mix and fry on medium heat for another 1-2 mins till the onions start to turn light brown.
  • Add the meat pieces, mix & fry on high heat for around 2 mins.
  • Continue to fry the meat on medium heat for around 6-8 mins mixing it till the meat is well browned.
  • Add 1 cup of thin coconut milk and 2 cups of water. Also, add 3/4 tsp pepper powder. Water should be sufficient to cover the meat.
  • Cook covered on low heat for 45-60 mins till the meat is tender. Remove lid and mix it a few times in between.
  • Alternatively, transfer it into a pressure cooker and pressure cook till 4 whistles.
  • Add the thick coconut milk and water as per the consistency required.
  • Add the fennel powder, mix well and cover and simmer on low heat for another 10 mins.
  • Check seasoning, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and add 1 tsp lemon juice to finish.

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