Simple Mutton Curry ~ Indian Style Lamb Curry

This is a very simple and easy mutton curry that I often make. An Andhra style mutton curry with great flavor.

Mutton curry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 5

 Main Ingredients:

  •  lamb
  •   yogurt
  •   onions


  •   Marinate 1 kg mutton (lamb) in 3/4 cup curd
  •   1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  •   2 tsps coriander pwd
  •   1/4 tsp garam masala pwd
  •   1/4 tsp turmeric pwd
  •   1 tsp red chilli pwd
  •   1/2 tsp jeera pwd (cumin pwd) and salt for half an hour.

Method for making Mutton curry

Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a cooking vessel and add whole garam masala [3 green cardamoms, 6 cloves, 1" dalchini] and saute for few secs. Add a cup of sliced onions and 3 slit green chillis and saute till the onions turn transparent. Add the mutton along with the marinade and mix well. Let the mutton cook in its own water on medium heat till oil separates.
Add 2 cups of water, cover and cook the mutton till soft on slow fire.
Add a pinch of nutmeg pwd (jaaji kaaya podi) before you turn off the heat. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and your mutton curry is ready to be served with hot rice or rotis.


This is a very simple and easy mutton curry that I often make. An Andhra style mutton curry with great flavor.
  • rums

    yum! i love mutton and here is another recipe for me to try! keep going girl ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sailu

    try it rums….tastes good..:)

  • Anonymous

    Just great recipe.. I am going to try it tonite..

    Great pics and great site!! I am glad I found it..

  • sri

    Sailu garu,
    The curry was heavenly. Usually after coming from work, I go for snacks.. Today, the first thing I did was to turn on rice cooker to finish off the yesterday’s!!
    Thanks alot!!

  • Pamela

    Your pictures always make me hungry, they’re always so appetizing!

    I’ve not eaten mutton in years, don’t know how easy it is to get here in Switzerland but I will definately try. I think this curry sounds yummy!

  • Ashish

    This curry came out excellent! It was so easy to make… and it was my first time buying lamb, handling it (i.e., cleaning and cutting) and cooking it– so i was nervous. but all in all, it was delicious. Thanks Sailu Akka!

    Your most welcome, Ashish. I’m glad everything turned out well..:):)

  • Raj

    Great and easy to cook. Got a confidence to cook Lamb. Any Suggestions to lower spicyness? Thank you silu garu.

  • Gill

    My husband and I love Indian food and I’ve been surfing the Net for a good mutton curry and stumbled upon your contribution. I first had to buy all the ingredients before making it last night. Well, we just loved it! The heat certainly gave the old sinuses a good work out so I’ll need to cut down on the chilli next time(!) but the flavours were absolutely divine. I live in ‘country Australia’ and caused a bit of amusement at the city Health Food shop when I asked for a 1″ piece of cinnamon stick – the smallest amount they’d ever sold! This curry is certainly going to be added to my ‘Special Recipes’ repertoire. Sincere thanks to you Sailu: I believe I’ve hit the mutton curry jackpot!

  • Manav

    tried your recipe today- it was the highlight of my week. Simple yet delicious.

  • Maninas

    Another excellent recipe! Thank you, Sailaja! ๐Ÿ™‚ I made it tonight, it’s delicious!

  • Suchitra

    Fantastic recipe. I was wondering what to do with lamb and got your recipe. I have not used curd and reduced chillis as my little daughter is going to it.Thanks a lot.

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  • swathi

    hey sailu do i need to cook it in a pressure cooker???

  • Caroline O’Neill

    Have just returned to England from my first trip to India where I stayed with family in Visakhapatnam. Am really looking forward to trying out some of your recipes but am not sure of some of the ingredients and whether we can obtain them in the UK. Also, where your recipes stipulate using a cup for measuring, can you advise me what this is equivalent to (grams/litres/ounces). Many thanks. Can’t wait to sample some authentis South Indian cooking.

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  • Robert

    Hi Sailu, could you tell me how do you get your lamb or chicken to be soft and tender, any time I try I can never get it the way you get it in the restaurants, my dish may be nice and tasty but I feel it could be a bit more tender. thanks Robert.

  • Bron

    Hi! Just wanted to say thank you so much for this wonderful recipe – I made it for my husband and myself tonight and it was a big hit. I cooked the lamb for about two hours and it was so tender we didn’t even need knives. I will definitely be making it again, and hope to try some of your other recipes before too long. Thank you!

  • Gilliana of OZ

    Hi Sailu and All,

    I have been doing this recipe almost as exactly as descrbed for the past sixty years or so. There is a very slight deviation. I finely slice three large onions on a Japanese mandolin so that its even. I fry the onions brown and drain in a sieve. Using the same oil I fry the meat and masalas and then spread the fried onions on top. I then add one glass of boiling water and cook on a slow fire. A squeeze of lime just before taking the curry off the fire.

    Robert: I mix the lamb with one tablespoon of ground papaya, one cup of curd and all the masalas and keep the stuff in the fridge overnight. I got this recipe from an Anglo Indian gent from the UP on my first visit to India sixty years ago.

  • Esmeen


    I just made this mutton curry and my husband could not stop himself from taking multiple helpings. I had to really coax him to leave some for himself for later ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much and god bless ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amal

    I fry chopped onion,garlic and tomatoes in sesame oil or ghee in a pressure cooker,then add chopped chilli and stir until golden. Then I add the mutton
    previously marinated with turmeric,salt, black pepper and meat masala for
    30 minutes and stir until meat starts to melt the fat and makes a nice thick gravy. Then I add some cardamom,cinnamon and cloves, put boiling water to pressure for 30 minutes . I live in the Philippines where all the
    ingredients are often not available but this recipe works . I remember it
    from the days when I was young in Allahabad.

  • Swetha

    Hi Sailu Garu,

    Your blog is awesome. I love your blog.And Mutton curry came out really nice.

    Thank you so much

  • Veena

    hi sailu,

    i am a secret admirer of your blog.
    After marriage and coming to UK, I have missed my moms chicken and mutton dishes the most.
    I was on the verge of becoming a vegetarian after a few disasters of nonveg dishes.
    But a BIG thanks to you,the mutton curry i made from your blog tasted exactly the way my mum makes. and now i cant resist but make the curry once a week.

  • Jameela Beevi

    Hi sailu,

    Good recipe. I used kudampuli also as an ingrediant.

  • Krishna Kodi

    Hey thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I am very interested in Cooking and always tries new methods to cook. Last week I cook lamb meat with traditional Indian style.

    You you know how much time consumed there to cook? It’s about approximately 4-5 hours. I cooked it on Iron Karahi on desi chulha with sticks fire. You can’t believe when I finished cooking, the taste and fragrance was awesome. My Mom helped me a lot in this process. She is really an expert in Indian Cooking.