Mutton Curry Masala

Mutton Curry | Mutton Masala Gravy

By Swasthi on August 26, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Mutton Curry also known as Mutton Masala or Mutton Gravy is a delicious Indian curried dish of soft tender chunks of meat in a spicy onion tomato gravy. Have you ever wondered how the mutton gravy served in restaurants has soft, succulent and tender chunks of meat? This post will help you make a simple & good mutton curry with very basic ingredients and simple steps.

Mutton Curry Masala

Serve this over plain steamed rice or flavored kinds like Jeera Rice, Turmeric Rice, Kuska or with Bagara Rice. If you prefer to go with the breads, opt for artisan breads, pav (dinner rolls) or pita bread. Naan, Chapati, plain kulcha and roti also go well with this Mutton curry.

If you want to extend your menu, a vegetable salad, raita and chaas/ lassi will make it a complete meal.

About Mutton Curry

Mutton Curry is a one pot dish where mutton is marinated and cooked with plenty of spices, herbs, onions, tomatoes and yogurt. It is basically a curried dish popular in Indian Sub-continent.

Indian Cuisine is diverse and every dish is made in a zillion ways. North Indian Mutton Masala, South Indian Mutton Curry, Kashmiri Rogan Josh, Hyderabadi Gosht ka Salan, Bengali Mutton Kosha and Goan Lamb Vindaloo are all made differently.

This is a generic Indian mutton recipe and not made in any regional style. I can say this is a simple no Nonsense Mutton Curry recipe that will yield you the best results every time.

But you can add up your basic flavorings or masala to match your regional cuisine or to suit your taste buds. I have included the tips wherever possible.

If you are a beginner or has failed to make a good mutton curry before, then I highly suggest to follow the recipe as is without making any changes.

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How to Make Mutton Curry (Stepwise Photos)

Marinate Mutton

1. Add Mutton to a large mixing bowl and marinate it with yogurt, ginger garlic paste, salt, turmeric and chili powder. Refrigerate and keep for at least 2 hours to overnight. Overnight is best. This is the key to tenderize the meat.

If you do not have so much time to rest it, then you will need to use 1 tbsp of raw papaya paste or ready made meat tenderizer. Set aside for about 1 hour.

marinate lamb meat

2. Just before you prepare other ingredients, keep the meat out of the refrigerator. It helps it to come down to room temperature before we cook.

3. Chop onions very finely or process them finely. Slit a green chilli. Deseed and puree the tomato. Wash the curry leaves and set aside.

If you prefer to use coconut, roast 2 to 3 tbsps of grated coconut on a low flame. When it turns aromatic turn off the stove. Cool this. Blend this to a fine paste with very little water.

Make Mutton Masala

4. Heat a heavy bottom pot or pressure cooker with oil. Temper with cinnamon and green cardamom. You can also use cumin if you like.

temper dry spices for mutton curry recipe

5. Add the onions and green chilies. You can also skip chili if you do not have.

addition of onions for mutton curry recipe

6. Saute evenly until golden.

golden fried onions in mutton curry recipe

7. Reduce the flame completely, as low as possible. You will need to cook on low heat until you add water at a further step. Add the marinated mutton.

addition of meat

8. Saute for about 5 to 6 mins.

sauteing meat

9. Cover and cook for another 10 mins. Keep stirring occasionally.

cook covered to make mutton curry

10. You will see mutton begins to release moisture.

moisture in the pot

11. Sprinkle the masala powder and red chili powder if needed. Saute again for 2 to 3 mins. I used Everest meat masala. This curry gets the flavor from the masala used. SO make a good choice.

addition of spice powder to make mutton curry

12. Add curry leaves. Continue to saute for another 2 mins. If you do not have, just skip them.

addition of curry leaves to make mutton curry gravy

Make Mutton Gravy

13. You will see that oil begins to separate.

oil separated

14. Time to add in tomato puree. I have used very small quantity of puree. You can use more or less to suit your taste. You can also add fresh yogurt or curd instead of tomato. Do not use sour curd.

addition of tomato puree to make mutton curry

15. Saute for another 5 to 6 mins. The raw smell of tomatoes should go away.

sauteing tomatoes

16. Pour water. Give a good stir. Cook covered on a medium flame for 2 whistles. For mutton with bones you will need to cook for 3 to 4 whistles. If cooking in a pot, cook until tender. Keep adding water as needed.

addition of water to make mutton gravy recipe

17. When the pressure goes off, open the lid. Stir well. Simmer again for a while if the gravy is thin or runny. You can also add blended desiccated coconut at this stage. Cook further for few more minutes.
Add coriander leaves for garnishing.

mutton masala

Serve this mutton curry with plain rice or
Jeera rice

Mutton Curry Recipe

How to make the best mutton curry?

mutton curry

1. Firstly to make a delicious mutton curry, the choice of meat is very important. Choose fresh and tender cuts as this helps to get soft & succulent mutton after cooking.

2. Usually bone-in mutton yields a delicious gravy when it is slow cooked. The flavors from the bones transfer to the gravy making it thick and tasty.

3. Make sure you pieces of same size as this helps to cook evenly.

4. Always marinate the mutton before cooking. Marinating helps to tenderize the meat.

5. Do not add acidic ingredients like lemon or tomatoes to the pan before sauteing the mutton for a while. Most times both these acidic ingredients tend to make the meat tough when added before sauteing. So add tomatoes after sauteing the mutton.


How to tenderize or marinate mutton for curry?

Yogurt or curd is a natural meat tenderizer and works great. Make sure you marinate with yogurt along with some spice powders.

Which is the best part of mutton for curry?

It is a personal choice. The cuts attached to the bones yield a delicious gravy. Leg & shoulder cut are the best parts for curry. You can also include liver which enhances the flavor.

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Recipe Card

Mutton Curry | Mutton Masala Gravy

Mutton curry is a dish of slow cooked mutton (goat or lamb) in a spicy gravy.  This Indian style mutton curry recipe is a step by step guide to cook really flavorful & tender meat that is succulent & delicious.
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Marination4 hours
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )


  • 300 grams boneless mutton or 500 grams of Bone-in mutton (lamb or goat)
  • 2 tablespoons curd or yogurt or dahi (to tenderize the meat)
  • teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon salt (use as needed)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric or haldi
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (less spicy variety)

Ingredients for mutton curry

  • tablespoons oil
  • 2 green cardamoms or elaichi
  • 1 inch cinnamon or dalchini (if using Ceylon cinnamon 2 inch)
  • 1 cup onions fine chopped or processed
  • ¼ cup tomato puree (1 large deseeded)
  • 1 to 2 Green chilies slit or chopped
  • 2 teaspoons meat masala or mutton masala or garam masala ( I use Everest meat masala)
  • ½ cup water + 2 tbsp or as needed
  • salt if needed
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves or 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander leaves or cilantro chopped for garnish



  • Marinate mutton with the salt, ginger garlic, turmeric, chilli powder and curd. Yogurt & ginger garlic paste are natural meat tenderizers so they make the mutton succulent.
  • Set aside for about 45 mins to 1 hour. Marinating for longer makes the mutton soft and tender. I refrigerate for at least 2 hours to overnight. Overnight works best.
  • Keep the mutton out of the refrigerator at least 30 mins before cooking.

How to make mutton curry

  • Heat oil in a pan. Then saute bay leaf, cinnamon and cardamom for 2 mins.
  • Add onions and green chilies. Saute until onions turn golden. 
  • Lower the flame to very low as much as possible.  Then transfer the marinated mutton and saute for 5 to 7 mins.
  • Cook covered for 10 mins. When you see the moisture begins to release, then add the meat masala & curry leaves (optional). Saute for another 2 to 3 mins.
  • Pour tomato puree and saute until the raw smell of tomatoes goes away. This takes about 5 to 7 mins.
  • Pour water & mix well.
  • If cooking in a regular pot, then cook until soft and tender, adding more water as & when needed. If using pressure cooker – pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles on a medium flame.
  • When the pressure goes off, stir and simmer further if the curry is runny.
  • Taste the curry and add more salt if needed. Sprinkle some coriander leaves if you have.
  • Serve mutton curry masala with rice, roti or plain paratha.


Notes on mutton curry
Choose fresh cut bone-in mutton for the best taste.
Use as much water as needed. The quantity of water to use varies and depends on the meat used.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Mutton Curry | Mutton Masala Gravy
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 489mg21%
Potassium 394mg11%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Mutton Curry | Mutton Masala Gravy

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thanks for the delicious recipe.

Excellent recipe

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Excellent recipe and easy to prepare

I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but plan to soon. Wondering if there is an instant pot version because I’m just learning to cool and I like the instant pot. Your instant pot dal makhni recipe is great!

Is there an instant pot version of this recipe?

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I have been a fan of Swathi for a few years now. I have enjoyed her recipes every time I have tried. They are simply awesome!! Thank you Swathi for sharing them. I am an amerture cooking for fun and as a hobby.

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You are welcome

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Swathi’s mutton curry recipe was fabulous! The entire family enjoyed it. This is the third time that I have made it. Simple snd easy to make.

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I discovered Swasthi’s website a few months ago and I’m hooked, I’ve been cooking Asian/Indian food since the early 80’s thanks to the likes of Madhur Jaffrey (sic) (I’ve half a pantry dedicated to ‘the cause’) and now I’ve found Swasthi. These recipes are amazing. I did this recipe recently and think it may have been the best mutton curry I’ve ever tasted. The step by step guides are awesome too.

I’d rant on all day about it if I could. 🙂

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The best curry!!! I’ve spent years making traditional curries that take so many ingredients and hours of slaving but this is perfect – everyone raved about it! I’ve made the chicken curry previously which is also excellent – both are just amazing and easy to do!!

Worked really well, much more successful than recipes from other sources. Am now trying more of your delicious recipes

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Excellent results. Your recipes have never failed me. For Indian recipes, I look no where else now. The lamb was delicious, tender and just perfect. I did not modify the recipe in any way. Thank you for all your recipes. 💕

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I tried this recipe for Christmas and it was awesome. Thanks for sharing 🎄

Hello. Do you use red or white onion? Many of your recipes the photo looks like red onion, but this one looks white

Thanks for clarifying. I usually use red onions for your recipes, which I find naturally sweeter than white/yellow onions. I imagine NZ produce will differ to Australian, due to the soil profile.

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Appreciate your sharing simple yet aromatic Recipes..
Both veg and non veg dishes turn out just awesome.🙏

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Tried the mutton one was a winner .so today trying a chicken one great recipes thank you

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Dear Swasthi,
Thanks for your easy to follow recipes, I have tried many of the recipes both veg and non veg and all of them were awesome thanks again.
May I know how can I get onto the baby food recipes I am now cooking for my daughter’s 2 year old twins.

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Dear Swasthi,

May I know where can I get Everest Meat masala in Singapore? I tried some Indian grocers, supermarkets and fresh markets but they don’t carry this brand. Thank you.

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Thank you!

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Making this dish again today, as we loved it so much the first time. And have some Tarka Dahl to go with it, also from your recipe. Thanks so much.

thanks for sharing!
is this a indian curry style or singapore indian curry style?
is this the same curry used for roti prata?

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Very good and a simple recipe need not search for rare spices or ingredients. Thanks

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Hi Swasthi,

Just dropped in to say thank you for the recipes. I always visit your site whenever I am looking for a recipe. Made mutton first time using this recipe,it turned out amazing.