June 30, 2013

Erachi Vattichathu / Lamb Fry / Dry-Fried Lamb (Kerala Style)

                 A typical Kerala recipe made by my Big mom. She is a wonderful cook with innovation in cooking. She magically transforms any vegetable or meat to tasty curries or fry. She has patience to cook and may be that is one reason she serves plate licking dishes every time. I will never forget the way she treated me with delicious dishes for 15 days after delivery of my little one. Thank you Valsala Valliamma...This post is dedicated for you.

                   "Vattichathu" in Malayalam means "Drying up all the liquid". After preparing Lamb curry in a pressure cooker, I let it cook again on stove top to get the Fry look here. It takes a bit time as we need to dry up all the water, but very simple and tasty recipe for Lamb/Mutton lovers like me. My big mom would take the pieces from the curry and dry roast it. This way you can use the curry as a gravy for rice. I did not do that but simply let it dry completely. Have some Curd rice or Lemon rice on your plate with a few pieces of lamb fry - a combo you cannot go wrong.


To marinate:
Lamb / Mutton - 450 grams
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
Chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Garam masala - 1 teaspoon
Pepper powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Fennel powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Oil - 1 teaspoon
Salt - as needed

For Fry:
Onion - 2/3 cup (Finely chopped) or 1 medium sized
Green chilli - 2 no's
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Red chilli - 1 no
Bay leaf - 1 no
Fennel seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Water - 1/2 cup

  • Take a bowl and add all the ingredients under "To marinate" column and marinate over night inside your Fridge. (1 hour Minimum marination time is required, but I did over night).

  • Next day, in a pressure cooker add this marinated ingredients with 1/2 cup water and pressure cook upto 6 whistles and keep aside (Mutton/Lamb differs time from region to region...add water according to your need. The number of whistles could be as low as 5 to upto 10 as well based on the lamb purchased).

  • Take a tawa, heat oil, add fennel seeds, bay leaf, green chilli, red chilli and onion. Saute till onions are golden brown. Add the cooked mutton along with water and stir well.

  • We need to dry the water completing by letting it cook on slow fire. once the masala gets coated on mutton...it is completely ready!

My Notes:
  • Marination should be done for a minimum of 1 hour and maximum of over night.
  • While pressure cooking the Mutton/Lamb, add very less water because meat will lose water. 
  • We can let it stay with little bit of water or dry them like shown here.


  1. ente padachone... divya, this is a big pareekshanam... we make our beef just like this, my mouth is literally salivating to the core... and it's just morning here... :(

  2. I don't eat lamb but this one surely does tempt me to try,Divya.Eee rathri etrayum kothipikalee :))

    1. enthu cheyyana doh...enikku sopnathille ithu kittu....thank you meena

  3. Your lamb post brought me over to your delicious page! Delicious lamb fry :)

  4. Simply fabulous for stunning tasty lamb dish. What I don't like about making such similar dishes is the frying till dry. My hand can give way and I sometime struggle with the stirring.

    1. yes nava....i know..when its on slow flame, we can take some rest too :)...thank you

  5. Wow! Great recipe.. Looks delicious Divya :-)

  6. Vellam oorunnu vaayil, Divya :) We make chicken sukka almost the same way.. This is a kidilan recipe that tastes like heaven !! Loved the yummy clicks..

  7. Yummm :) I love such recipes, and I make it at home with beef often :) Loved the close up clicks tempting ones Divya :)

  8. i like this dry preparation divya.. really tempting.. perfect with rasam rice..

  9. Stunning,i am so tempting to make it this weekend.I could finish this plate with absolute nothing.beautiful click.

  10. That simply makes my mouth water.....that is so awesome.......

  11. Wow...recipe sounds droolicious.....

  12. what a classic dish :) Nice clicks :)

  13. Engane kothipikalle... vaayil kappal odunnu :)

  14. Who can resist to this beautiful lamb fry,inviting and mouthwatering here.

  15. been eyeing on this ever since I saw on FB ! ugran !

  16. Wow Diya looks super super delicious, just pass it on to me dear....

  17. Real treat for NV lovers. I loved ur previous post oats upma. planning to try :)

  18. Lamb is perhaps my favorite meat. Your recipe looks scrumptious!

  19. im speechless n drooling at this dish...

  20. Looks very delicious !Perfectly cooked !

  21. This Dry-Fried Lamb looks amazing. I'm sure the flavors are wonderful in here. I agree, patient in cooking is love. It makes all the difference in the end product.

  22. Looks delicious...very tempting..


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