Nov 12, 2013

Spicy Mutton Masala / Lamb Masala Cooked with Yogurt & Spices

This is a dish which i tried for this diwali lunch. We invited my newly wed brother and her wife for lunch that day and i made few dishes like chicken fry, garlic tomato chicken roast, chettinaad mutton curry, and this one. They all turned out great and don't worry i have pictures taken for you.

Now about this mutton masala, it is quite a simple dish, you can make it start from finish in pressure cooker, but i made it in a separate frying pan so you can look what is happening more clearly. So try this out and let me know how it turned out.

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Marinating Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 1 Hour 15 Mins
Serves - 3 to 4

Mutton / Lamb - 1/2 kg cut into small pieces
Oil - 3 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 2 tsp
Onion - 1 large sliced finely
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tblspn
Green Chilli - 2 slit
Tomatoes - 2 large chopped finely 

Water - 1/2 cup ( if needed)
For Marination:
Yogurt / Curd - 1/2 cup
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi - 1 tblspn
Cumin Powder / Jeera podi - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tblspn 

Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste


Take cleaned mutton pieces in a bowl. Add in all the marination ingredients in it and mix well. Let this marinate for a good 30 mins. You can leave it in fridge overnight too. If so take it out a hour before you cook so it comes to room temp.

Heat oil in a kadai. You can do this whole thing in pressure cooker. I used a kadai so you can see what is happening in it.

Add in fennel seeds and let it sizzle. followed by onions, chilli and curry leaves. Saute this for 5 mins or so.

Now add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

Now add in tomatoes. Cover and cook till it turns mushy.

Now add in the marinated mutton along with all the marination.Mix well.

Pour this whole thing in a pressure cooker, add 1/2 cup water if needed and cook for 6 to 7 whistle. Simmer and cook for a 20 mins. Now switch off the flame and let the steam all escape. Open the pressure cooker and mix well.

Serve with rice.

Take all your ingredients

Take mutton pieces

Add in yogurt

Now add in the spices


Mix well and Marinate it

Heat oil

Add in fennel seeds

Add in onions, chilli and curry leaves

Saute for a while

Add in ginger garlic paste

mix well

Add in tomatoes

mix well

cover and cook

cook till it turn mushy

add marinated mutton

Mix well

Now add this whole thing into a pressure cooker

Cover and cook

Till everything is cooked

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  1. Drooling! Tasty recipe to make mutton curry :)

  2. ur step by step pictures always make me drool

  3. Definitely going to try, Yummmmmyyyyyyy...

  4. I made this and it was great! I love mutton dishes.

  5. Tried this recipie today...came out well..thanks...

  6. Can I replace chopped onions with sliced

  7. Can I replace chopped onions with sliced

  8. I found your recipe while doing a search for mutton masala. I didn't know what mutton masala was. I thought that it was a dry powder or herb or some kind of liquid. So it is actually an entire dish. I'm new to Indian cooking. I was previously reading someone else's recipe for lamb curry. One of their ingredients was 2 Tbsp mutton masala. Does this mean they want me to cook an entire mutton masala dish on the side just for the juices and use it in their lamb curry? Or is this 2 Tbsp mutton masala some kind of powder or herb? Thanks for any help you can offer. Here is their recipe, if you need to take a look:

  9. @Ken Tran

    Mutton masala is a kind of garam masala powder where many spices are ground together. It can be easily found in indian super markets. Look in the powdered spices section

  10. hi , i tried this recipe it has come out very well, but is a litgtle sour coz of the curd i think is there ny way to reduce its sourness and retain the spiciness ?

  11. @Aishwarya Nathanadd a little sugar. it helps in reducing the sourlevel

  12. Hi Aarthi,
    Can i add potatoes into this curry..I'm from Malaysia and i use eat chicken curry or mutton by adding potatoes

  13. mam.. i am not sure about how much time i want to cook that mutton dish in pressure cooker..? can u plz tell me how much viseel the mutton required to cook in pressure cooker from your experience in cooking with pressure cooker

  14. @devimutton will take long to cook.. cook for 6 to 7 whistle. Simmer and cook for a 20 mins. Now switch off the flame and let the steam all escape. Open the pressure cooker and mix well.

  15. So glad that I could find this recipe...can I know that what are the type of chilli powder that you used in this dish? Is it the ordinary red chilli powder using for meat?

  16. Hi Aarthi,
    Can I use small onions for this recipe? Will it turn sweet if I do so?

  17. @AnonymousNo u can use small onions, it adds nice flavour and taste

  18. Thanks Aarthi for such a delicious Recipe. Its nice and so tasty

  19. Thanks Aarthi for this Delicious Mutton Masala Recipe I am Inspired by your Recipe..Thanks

  20. I just made this exactly with your instructions and pictures. I served it with saffron rice and kachumber salad. Thanks so much for a delicious meal. I will definitely make this again. I now love my pressure cooker again.

  21. I tried it few weeks back it was finger licking good. Yum!!! Gonna try again this week..thanks for the delicious recipe

  22. hi Aarthi im ur fan. I like to ask u one question why u always add chillies and curryleaves with its stem does it add any special flavours?

  23. Love this recipe. Your directions are excellent. Thanks for sharing and bringing this delicious meal into our house. Christine

  24. Hi tried pepper fry it came out very well, my kid liked it,in this mutton Masala instead of curd can I use lime juice

  25. Hi Aarthi, one quick question: you say "Mutton / Lamb - 1/2 kg cut into small pieces". Should I read that as "HALF" kg, or "ONE OR TWO" kg? I have two kg lamb and I'm trying to figure out how much to adjust the spice quantities. Thanks a ton for your lovely blog!

  26. Hi aarthi to get more gravy can I add coconut

  27. Tried this dish it was yummy .thanks for Ur recipe

  28. Half cup means how much. I don't think 250 ml is enough for 6 whistles.

    1. Water will come out of mutton as well. this is a thick dish so you dont need much water


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