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Mom's Odia Mutton Curry

Quiche 'n' Tell
Rich, brown and aromatic mutton curry with potatoes.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6


  • 1 kg lamb/goat shoulder or thigh pieces, cut into medium-sized, bone-in pieces for (curry or stew-cut)
  • 6-7 medium potatoes peeled and halved
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions, ground
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • tsp chilli powder (cayenne)
  • tsp turmeric powder
  • tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 4 tbsp natural, plain yoghurt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt
  • Water, as needed

For the tempering

  • ½ tsp black mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp aniseed (saunf)
  • ¼ tsp fenugreek (methi) seeds
  • ¼ tsp nigella (kalonji) seeds
  • 2 dried red chillies broken in half

For the garam masala

  • 3 green cardamom seeds
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi), seeds only
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 4x1-inch pieces of cinnamon


  • To make the garam masala, blitz all the ingredients in a coffee grinder/mixer till finely powdered.
  • Marinade the mutton for at least 6-8 hours or overnight in yoghurt, ½ tbsp mustard oil, salt, ½tsp each of chilli powder, turmeric and coriander.
  • Heat 1 tbsp mustard oil in a heavy-bottomed, deep pan or Dutch oven and fry the potatoes (sprinkling salt lightly) till golden.
  • Add the remaining mustard oil to the hot pan and add all the ingredients for the paanch phoron (tempering). Allow them to pop and crackle but see that they don't burn.
  • Add the ground onions and sugar and saute on medium heat for 15 minutes or till lightly golden. Tip in the chopped onions and cook for a further 10 minutes till you have a golden brown mixture.
  • Now add the turmeric, garlic and ginger pastes and cook on a low flame ensuring that they don't burn.
  • Next add the chilli powder and 1 tsp garam masala, stir for 20 seconds and put in the marinated meat. Raise the flame to medium-high and lightly sear the meat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Now pour in about 250 ml water, bring the curry to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer the curry for 20 minutes, checking every 10 minutes and adding a little water (only if needed). The meat will release its juices too.
  • After 20 minutes, the meat should be almost done. Now toss in the fried potatoes, check the seasoning, cover and cook for a further 20 minutes.
  • When the meat is falling off the bone and the potatoes are cooked through, add 1 tsp garam masala and correct the seasoning one final time before turning off the heat.
  • Heat the ghee in a small pan, turning off the heat before it smokes. Add the cinnamon powder and pour it over the mutton curry. Mix it in and serve.
Keyword mutton curry