Serves 4


2 tbsp oil

4 cardamom pods, slightly crushed

1 cinnamon stick, about 5cm

4 cloves

1 star anise

4 round shallots, finely sliced

15g ginger, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 sprig fresh curry leaves

750g mutton, cut into 2 inch cubes

500ml water

1 ½ tsp salt

1 ½ tsp tamarind concentrate

185ml coconut milk

For the curry paste

3 tbsp Malaysian curry powder or you can use Madras curry powder

½ tsp fennel seeds, toasted and then ground

3 tbsp water


1. Mix the curry paste ingredients together and form a paste. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in wok or pan, add cloves, cardamom and cinnamon stick and fry for 1 minute until fragrant. Add shallots, curry leaves, ginger, garlic and fry till shallots have softened. Add curry paste and fry for a further minute

3. Add mutton and fry for 5 minutes until the pinkness is gone. Add water, salt and tamarind concentrate Bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Stir from time to time. If it is getting too dry before the mutton is tender, add a little water.

4. Add coconut milk and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes or till mutton is tender.

5. Serve with rice and traditional accompaniments

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