Coorg Lamb (Mutton) Chops

Chef Anjana Shanker’s take on Coorg Lamb (Mutton) Chops

Yerchi Bartha Kari, a dry fried mutton or lamb dish:anjana shankar

Serves: 6-8

  • 6 -8 Lamb (or Mutton) chops
  • ½ tsp fresh turmeric (or powder)
  • 1 tsp Kaachampuli
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Combine turmeric, kaachampuli, olive oil and chili powder in a bowl. Toss the lamb chops and mix to coat the chops and let it marinade for 30 minutes.

Spice for lamb chops:

  • 8 small red pearl onions
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 tsp white poppy seeds
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 3 green chilies
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • ¼ cup coconut milk (light)
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves

Combine and grind to a fine paste.

To cook lamb chops:

  • Ground spice from above
  • 1 cup of water (or substitute coconut milk)
  • 1 Tbsp of Kaachampuli
  • Cilantro leaves or mint leaves for garnish
  • Crispy shallots (optional) for garnish

Heat the oil in a cooking pot, add the finely ground spices and cook on low heat for about 2 – 3 minutes, or until aromatic.

Add marinated lamb chops and fry for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add 1 cup of water and cook on low heat until almost dry.  Season with salt and cook until the meat is tender. (There should be very little gravy left in the pan). Add kaachampuli and remove from heat. Granish with crispy shallots, cilantro and mint leaves.  Serve with roasted potatoes or roasted vegetables.


  1. says:

    April 3, 2014 at 2:41 am


    I find your recipes amazing. I love to cook.I am from USA. I will be coming down to bangalore for a little while.Where can I lay my hands on some coorg spices to take back at some point.

    Thank you


  2. Shalini says:

    April 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Hello Amalraj, thank you for your appreciation. When in India, try the online store, Coorg Shoppe. They have a variety of spices and kachampuli.They deliver all over India.
    Best wishes,

  3. Jude says:

    August 6, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Hi Shalani, I am a Sr. Captain at the ITC hotels and I am courious to know how Kutty Pie (It’s the unborn of a goat)
    I tell you, it’s fabulous believe me, though you don’t have to use the unborn, you can substitute it with boneless lamb. It’s the masalas that matter try to get your hands on this recipes, you can thank me later, ha, ha! Jude. [email protected] , 07579227867

  4. Shalini says:

    August 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Hello Jude,thank you for your suggestion. I have heard of, but not tried this interesting Anglo-Indian dish.I hope to try the spice mix sometime.Meanwhile, do try this excellent lamb recipe.

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