Mutton/Lamb Curry is such a rich dish! Eat it the next day and the flavors are even richer and more complex.
Growing up I had an aversion to the smell of mutton and refused to be in the kitchen especially on the three days of Bakra Eid when the women of the household were hovered over the stove, stirring a big pot of Mutton Karahi, while the men ushered in more freshly slaughtered cuts of meat. In retrospect, I think I borrowed that aversion from my eldest sister. (Have you ever adapted to someone else’s likes and dislikes without allowing yourself to develop your opinion and tastebuds first?)
Today, this is one red meat dish I always order when I’m eating out at a Pakistani restaurant and go out of my way to cook in my own kitchen! Btw if you like red meat, I also have my eyes on Two Cloves In A Pot Kofta Curry that I think you’ll really enjoy making.
Mutton Karahi | Restaurant Style Karahi Gosht- Slow Cooked
- 3/4 cup oil
- 1 red onion chopped
- 2.5 lbs lamb or mutton on the bone cut in pieces
- 2 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
- 2 tsp coriander powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 4-5 tomatoes chopped
- 2 cups water
- 2 green chillies slit lengthwise
- handful cilantro leaves for garnish
- ginger "julienne" (sliced thinly) for garnish
- In a large pot, add oil and fry onion until translucent.
- Next, add the meat and fry until no longer pink, about 6-8 minutes.
- Add in ginger garlic paste and mix well.
- Next, add in the ground spices including salt and mix for 4-5 minutes.
- Mix in the yogurt well and add the chopped tomatoes and mix.
- Pour in water and cook covered on low-medium heat for 2 hrs and 15 mins.
- At this point, the oil should have separated. Add in the green chilli and the garnishes and let simmer covered on low heat for another 25-30 mins.
- Serve hot with fresh tandoori naan.
Hi Madam Rookie.
Your mutton karahi recipe looks very yummy and delicious. I will prepare it soon.
How much is 2.5 lbs mutton to kilo?.
Please let me know.
Please also post a nice rich spicy thick gravy mutton masala restaurant style recipe.
This is a really great mutton karahi recipe. I used goat meat and it turned out sooo good. We Ate it with roti. Highly recommend. The best part is that you don’t need any garam masala or whole spices, which tend to over power the food. Will definitely make again.
Yes! I try my best to keep my dishes as simple as possible so you don’t have to scramble for too many spices. So happy to hear this.
Please let me know how much is 2.5 lbs of mutton in Indian measure.
Dear Madam Rookie, I liked your recipe, but I have a few suggestions, for your consideration …
It will add a “je ne sais qua” – something special to your recipe…. and distinguish it from the others.
2.I found your cooking times of 2 or 3 hours, far too long and onerous. Nobody has that type of time in America (!). You might turn your readers off !
You either have to cut your mutton pieces smaller, or use a meat tenderizer or an Insta Pot,…… or Salt and season your mutton overnight.
In any case. you need to reduce your cooking time to no more than 45 mins to an hour, max. This is a humble suggestion.
I know in Bombay, some ismaili cooks cook the meat over a 12 hour period, but that is their business, unlike the american housewives who will be reading your delectable blog.
BTW, I am an indian man, >70 yrs old, and a dedicated cooking enthusiast. My wife cant cook for nuts,
Hey Gary, adding garam masala is a great addition. If you let it slow cook, the meat will develop great flavor. I will definitely share a quicker mutton curry recipe very soon.
Came out as described and have already made it twice.
Only reduced the time by 15 mins as the meat had already cooked.
My wife and daughter loved it!!!
I see you’ve been cooking up lots of deliciousness!:) So happy to have you try my recipes!
I am a very novice chef. I usually grill steaks, beef ribs, chicken on an egg shaped grill here in California. This is the first time I have cooked Goat Karahi on my egg shaped grill using coal. I have followed your recipe, with a slight modification (Followed everything for the first half: mixing all the spices, yogurt, tomato, and water on a stove for 30 mins, then slow cooked it for 2 hours at 200 to 250 degree Fahrenheit on Luisiana Egg shaped grill in a cast iron pan. I thought It came out pretty good in my view. Here is my wife’s response after eating it: “I have never had such a tasty karahi in my life!”
haha I would say your wife’s response is better than “pretty good.” Thank you for sharing your tip of cooking this in a grill. Love it! I’m sure it intensifies the flavor.
First can I say your chicken karahi recipe is the best karahi I have ever had ????
I tried the mutton recipe with boneless mutton and when I added the meat there was a lot of liquidd in the pan which was a cloudy brown colour should I of rinsed the mutton before I added to the pan? And does the recipe or method need amending for boneless mutton karahi?
Hi Sean, So glad you loved the Chicken Karahi recipe. I typically rinse most poultry and meat aside from minced to get rid of some of excess juices (i.e blood). However, official websites like the USDA do not recommend rinsing meat because meat is typically cleaned during processing, so you are fine. The cloudy is likely some of the blood which will get cooked off in the process. Not to worry.
Dish looks great and will try it later today if I find everything available in the shop. I have a question about the chili powder though. Is it the spicy kind which will make me run around crying? I saw in the video you use quiet some of it. Also, I have heard about kashmir red chilli powder, which should be far less spicy. Maybe it’s this one you use…?
Since the Indian/Pakistani restaurant closed in the city, We never found a place where they offer good curries. We are learning to make it ourselves now lol. Not really succeeding if I may add. This one looks great though!
This is Kashmiri red chili but you can use the same quantity of cayenne. The dish is not too spicy actually but if you want to be safe, I’d say cut down a 1/4 of the measurement I have shown. That should be about right for your first go 🙂 good luck!
Hey Kristof! Just correcting my earlier comment. This is not Kashmiri red chili because you’re right, kashmiri chili is far less spicy and usually used for color. So use a spicy kind and you can cut it down by 1/4 tsp. Cayenne works too.
I was wondering if you have ever made it with goat? I have seen this meat used allot in restaurants. Would you have any suggestion about length of time to cook this meat in a kharahi?
I make this with mutton or lamb depending on what’s available at my butcher’s. Either works wonderful. I haven’t had the need to switch up anything with the two meats. Same time works.
Delicious meat dish, I’m a big fan of lamb and this one really tasted well. Was easy to make too. Defo recommend it.
Hi Wajid! I’m so happy to hear that. I make this karahi once in three weeks. Its so delicious and the flavors improve the next day.
I don’t cook a lot but when I saw the pictures of Mutton Karhai recipe my mouth was watering and I knew I had to try it out. My whole family loved it and I received tons of compliments. The best part – it is so easy to make it ????
Thank you rookie with a cookie for sharing your amazing recipes with us. You rock!!
This made my day Nazia! Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. It really means a lot. This is one of my absolute favorites (because the magic happens with slow cooking) and I’m so happy your family loved it.
Please let me know how much is 2.5 lbs of mutton in kilos.
I will definitely make your yummy and delicious mutton recipe very soon.
Thanks and regards.
roughly 1150 grams