Mughlai Mutton Curry: A Rich, Finger- licking Soul Food!

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Sarika says that she was not cooking properly for some time, as she had so many things on my plate. Two weeks back, Memo, her son, asked her to prepare mutton, which he has been craving for some time. She decided to prepare , which is very rich but during winter. One could prepare this dish to keep the soul warm. Here’s the recipe, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.

I was a bit stressed for some time with so many things going on around me. Was juggling between work and home. Not spending quality time with my son, which made him feel little left out. When his father is a corporate honcho, I need to focus on him almost always, and that is my first priority at this point in time.

On the other hand, we talk a lot about change, in the 21 st century, higher education and so on! What is the use when our thoughts are still biased, like girl vs. boy as a child, black vs. white, north Indian vs south Indian, etc.

Last week, one of my colleagues told me that her well-educated distant cousin delivered a baby-girl and the child’s father is not happy. How would the mother react? She is fragile both emotionally and physically. Also, the sex of the child is determined by the husband’s sperm rather than the woman.

Over a period of time, he might change the way he sees his daughter. Daughters are very good in bonding relationship. But what about the wife, who decided to marry him against all the odds in the family. She held his hand with a hope that he will love her and make her secure all through life. The young father probably realised his mistakes after going through different rounds of counseling from family members (which happens in India) but the bruise he caused would always be with her, throughout life.

It is very urgent need to change the antique mindset of patriarchal society. We just need to give chances to our daughters, nurture their talents and skills, they will excel in different areas of life, for that we need to love them unconditionally.

I was not cooking properly for some time, as I had so many things on my plate. Two weeks back, Memo, my son, asked me to prepare mutton, which he has been craving for some time. I decided to prepare Mughlai Mutton Curry, which is very rich but during winter. We can prepare this dish to keep the soul warm.

Mughlai Mutton Curry

1kg mutton

Ghee 3tsp

4tbsp   Coriander seeds


1 black cardamom

10 to 12 .

1tsp cumin seeds

½tsp powder

Few cloves

2 inch ginger root

4 dry chillies


3 onions (chopped)

4 cloves

1 inch cinnamon stick


½ cup water

1 cup yogurt

Chopped coriander and mint leaves for garnishing.


For the masala grind the following into a thick paste: green chilies, dry red chilies, coriander seeds, one chopped onion, ginger, garlic, 4 mint leaves, coriander leaves, cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom, green cardamom, black peppercorns and keep separately.

Cut mutton and cut into big cubes.

Heat ghee in a pan and fry the mutton pieces for few minutes or until they are slightly browned. Remove and keep aside. In the same pan, heat ghee and fry the chopped onions (remaining) until golden brown.

Now add the masala with fried mutton pieces, turmeric powder and salt.

Fry over low flame for few minutes.

Add yogurt with 1/4 cup water and mix well.

Pressure cook for up to 3 to 4 whistles.

Now check, open and until the desired consistency.

Garnish with chopped mint and coriander leaves.

Relish home cooked mutton with steaming hot rice or hot, fluffy chapattis!

©Sarika Sarkar Das

Photos from the author.

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