Friday, February 6, 2009

Bengali Mutton Curry

My sincere thanks to all of you who extended their condolences during my difficult times. Though dad is no longer with us physically, we will always feel his presence amid us - for those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday.

My dad had a refined interest in food, and would refuse anything that was not prepared to perfection. Despite being a very busy businessman, he by some means always managed to squeeze out time for finer things in life - like food. He would insist on personally buying the sweets, fish or mutton for home. Once in a while he would also enthusiastically cook a dish or two for mom and me. Love for food is amongst the numerous other traits I have inherited from him.

Today when after a gap of so many days I am posting a recipe, I could only think of my dad's style of cooking mutton curry. I remember driving down with my dad early in the morning to buy tender mutton from the famous park circus meat shop. Though my dad cooked occasionally, he was particular about the way mutton was cooked at home. My mom and I would attentively observe him during the entire process he followed to prepare this dish for us.

Cooking mutton accordingly can be quite a prolonged process. If you want it perfect you cannot opt for any short cut methods. The following recipe will take your time, but will surely give you great results and the time spent will be worth it.

Bengali Mutton Curry

For printable version of this recipe, click here.


Mutton - 1 kg
Yogurt - 100 gms
Onions - 4 medium sized, finely chopped
Cinnamon - 1 one inch stick
Cardamoms - 4-5
Cloves - 2-3
Bay leaf - 1 no.
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp.
Coriander powder - 2 tbsp.
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp.
Ginger paste - 1 tbsp.
Garlic paste - 1 tbsp.
Ghee - 1 tbsp.
Lemon juice - 1 tsp.
Mustard oil - 5 tbsp.
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Salt as per taste

  • Clean and wash mutton pieces. Marinate with yogurt and salt for about 2 hours.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and bay leaf. Stir for 1 minute. Then add chopped onions and cook until they turn golden brown in colour.
  • Add ginger and garlic paste to the fried onions and cook till you get the right smell of the frying of the onions and ginger-garlic paste. Keep stirring continuously to prevent these from burning.
  • Add this stage add the coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Add around 1/2 cup of water and saute the masala for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Now the masala is ready for the mutton pieces. Cook mutton for further half hour. Add 2 cups of warm water to the mutton pieces and tightly close the cooker lid (on high flame). After the first whistle, allow the meat to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Open the lid and add ghee and lemon juice. Stir properly to ensure these mix well in the gravy.
  • Serve garnished with coriander leaves.



  1. Arundhuti, I am glad that you're back. Yeah...cherish his memories. Seeing people we lost thro' inward eyes is a gift, my friend. inherited his trait for cooking to the perfection for sure.

  2. Yes Malar, I was going berserk sitting idle. My mom and husband suggested that I get back to blogging, atleast some diversion of mind would help. Thanks so much for the support dear.

  3. Good to see u back da..What a coincidence..I just posted a mutton curry mins back..:)..nice one da..:)

  4. I can understand Arundhathi.Cherish the memories.Believe that your father is with you in spirit and looking after you.Do something always -cooking or blogging or watching tv-something that will divert mind.

  5. Glad to see u back with wonderful posting....

  6. Glad to see u back Arudhuti, lovely mutton curry dear, Take care of u..

  7. Arundhuti .. you will always keep him alive in your heart... doing things that he loved, & u did together. u are already doing it.


  8. So happy to see you back dear..dont sit something and engage yourself plz..
    The curry looks yummy as usual..i also have a mutton curry there..

  9. glad that u are back, will try out this curry for sure, looks excellent!

  10. Good for you girl. :-)
    And am sure this is a great dish ... anything made by dads is always special. Take care. :-)

  11. Glad to see you back! Take care of ur urself! Lovely dad mutton curry

  12. nice to see you back dear! and the curry looks yummy :)

  13. recipe looks yum 'n' delicious!
    join with us in the EFM -Microwave Oven Series!

  14. I am very happy to c u here again...Its true that cooking and blogging ll help u to divert mind to some extent... your mutton looks yummy,ll definitely try this.

  15. Sweet memories to cherish.Glad to see you back.I love this kind of mutton curries.Please trail back for my
    token of gratitude

  16. Arundhati

    I can empathize with you. He is with you always. Your father is now your guardian angel, atleast thats how I like to think of my father. BTW, I made your mutton curry last evening and it wsa a huge success

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