Mutton Karahi | Restaurant Style Karahi Gosht- Slow Cooked

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.


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Mutton Karahi | Restaurant Style Karahi Gosht- Slow Cooked

Mutton/Lamb Curry is such a rich dish! Eat it the next day and the flavors are even richer and more complex.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Curry
Cuisine: Pakistani
Servings: 7 -10
Author: Rookie With A Cookie


  • 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.



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Francis Dsouza
3 months ago

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.
Thanks again.
Francis Dsouza.

7 months ago

5 stars
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.

Reply to  Rookie With A Cookie
2 months ago

Please let me know how much is 2.5 lbs of mutton in Indian measure.

Gary K
Gary K
10 months ago

4 stars
Dear Madam Rookie, I liked your recipe, but I have a few suggestions, for your consideration …

  1. Try putting a hint of garam masala …. such as a small Tej Patta (indian bay leaf – Malabathrum Cinnamomum tamala ), some Kalonji seeds (Nigella – Like your favorite Brit food critic 😉 ) and a lil bit of cardamom, cinnamon powder and maybe a clove or two.

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,
Best wishes,

Capt. Jayant Roy
Capt. Jayant Roy
1 year ago

5 stars
Awesome recipe.
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!!!

1 year ago

5 stars
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!”

1 year ago


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?

1 year ago

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!

1 year ago

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?

Abdul Hadi Wajid
Abdul Hadi Wajid
1 year ago

Hey Izza
Delicious meat dish, I’m a big fan of lamb and this one really tasted well. Was easy to make too. Defo recommend it.

1 year ago

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!!

Francis Dsouza
Reply to  Rookie With A Cookie
1 month ago

5 stars
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.
Francis Dsouza. 

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