Mutton Korma – Royal Indian Mughlai Mutton #muttonkorma

Mutton Korma – Royal Indian Mughlai Mutton: extremely delicious, juicy and tender mutton cooked using almonds, Indian spices, yogurt and fragrant water (kewda). It can be made using Lamb too (Lamb Korma) + Perfect Keto Recipe. The curry is thick and often made using braising technique.

Mutton Korma Recipe

When I think of Indian Comfort Food, ‘Mutton Korma’ is on the Top 5 recipes of our family/friends countdown. Also known as Mughlai Mutton Korma, Shahi Mutton Korma, Shahi Mutton, Gosht Korma, etc.

This recipe is passed down from generations in our family and the ladies of the house are Always Extremely Proud when making it in Holiday season or special occasion.

So, whenever I hear the word ‘Mutton Korma / Mutton Korma Recipe, it just feels like home….chilled winter-foggy morning, pipping hot chai along with Indian zeera biscuits, and endless discussion about ‘where’ to buy the mutton for this dish!!

Seriously, we are that passionate about food that we even the buying process can be discussed for hours 🙂

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What is Mutton Korma?

It’s a quintessential recipe from the Royal Indian Mughlai/Awadhi cuisine, where mutton or lamb, is braised/cooked in a mix of spices, almond-onion paste, ghee, yogurt and kewda water (light sweet-scented water).

It’s is this Almond-Onion paste that differentiates Korma from a regular Curry dish’.

The Mughlai cuisines of a place called Uttar Pradesh. This recipe was primarily made for the Kings/Queens/Royal Family hence the ingredients were always the best, flavorful and rich.

The meat was always slow-cooked in copper utensils to enhance flavors of the dish and served in the best of the silverware. 

Primarily the city of Lucknow, which is famous for its Muttons, Chaats, Mithai and Chikankari (a kind of cloth weaving and not actual chicken) is where you’ll find tons of restaurants having this recipe on their menu.

And each restaurant or even Dhaba owner will say that they have a special edition of this recipe. It’s that popular.

Mutton Korma Ingredients on a silver plate.

Mutton Korma Ingredients

The Process to Make Mutton Korma – Must Haves :

In earlier times, people used to cook this recipe for a good 2-3 hrs to make sure mutton/lamb is tender to the bone and the flavors seep in.

So, instead of slow cooking it for 2-3hrs, I prefer to braise it in a ‘pressure cooker’ as that helps tenderize the meat and cooks faster too.

  1. We start by first making a ‘thick, saucy nut-based Korma Masala’ using a mix of roasted almonds, onion and yogurt (which differentiate Korma from a Regular Curry).
  2. Then we simply saute the mutton with spices (whole and powdered).
  3. Then add the Korma Masala and sautee the meat over low flame.
  4. Once you see oil separating on the sides, add water and close the pressure cooker.
  5. Give 3-4 whistles (depending on how tender you want the meat (more whistles = more tender)
  6. Then let the pressure cooker cool touch, open the lid and transfer the Mutton Korma to a serving bowl.
  7. Add slivered almonds on top and serve with a side of choice, ideally basmati rice and tandoori roti.
Mutton korma Masala

Mutton korma Masala

 

Mutton korma process

Mutton korma process

 

Mutton Korma Recipe

Mutton Korma Recipe

Important Tips for the Mutton Korma Recipe:

Mutton: I use a mix of chops, shank and other pieces. Also, fresher meat will be tender and juicy to cook than frozen meat.

Cooking Utensil: I prefer cooking this in a ‘Pressure Cooker’ as it helps me braise the mutton, that helps tenderize the meat further.

Kashmiri Chili Powder: used for its bright red color and is less spicy than normal chili powder. Used in curries to give a warm color.

Kewda Water: used in lot of Mughlai/Awadhi/Nawabi cuisine. it’s sweet-scented water that adds a sweet scent to meats/dessert.

Yogurt: you want to use plain, thick yogurt.

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Whole Spices: they are an essential part of any mutton or red meat recipe. Not only tenderizes the meat but also enhances the flavors.

Store-Bought Meat Masala: I get this message a lot as many times, you don’t have all the Indian spices, so it’s absolutely fine if you want to use Store-bought meat masalas. 

So this Holiday Season, if you want to add that extra meaty dish for your Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s Table, this recipe would be a great option.

how to make Mutton Korma

Mughlai Mutton Korma

This recipe is perfect for Keto or Low Carb diet too. #ketodiet #ketolamb #lowcarbrecipes

Shahi Mutton Korma

 Shahi Mutton Korma

 

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Mutton Korma - Royal Indian Mughlai Mutton (Video)

Mutton Korma - Royal Indian Mughlai Mutton (Video)

Mutton Korma - Royal Indian Mughlai Mutton: extremely delicious, juicy and tender mutton cooked using almonds, Indian spices, yogurt and fragrant water (kewda). Can be made using Lamb too + Keto Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Mutton Pieces *
  • 2 Medium Onions – thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup Yogurt
  • 2 tsp Ginger+Garlic Paste
  • 4 Tbsp Ghee
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil – You may use any other oil of choice
  • 1/4 Cup Almonds
  • 2 Drops Kewda Water - fragrant water (optional)
  • 1 Cup Water

Powdered Spices :

  • ½ Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder – Optional
  • ½ Tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • Salt – as per taste

Whole Spices :

  • 2 Small Cinnamon Sticks, broken
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Small Black Cardamom
  • 3-4 Green Cardamoms
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper Pods
  • 3 Bay Leaves

Instructions

Make the Almond-Onion Paste:

  1. Heat 2 tsp oil + 1tsp ghee in a pan/pressure cooker.
  2. Add slivered almonds and saute for a minute or until lightly roasted. Remove from pan.
  3. In the same pan, saute onion until pinkish golden and remove from pan.
  4. Cool both these ingredients.
  5. Then add sauteed almonds, onion and yogurt in a blender jar and make a thick paste.
  6. Keep aside for later use.

Make the Mutton Korma:

  1. In the same pan, add 2 tbsp oil + ghee.
  2. Add the whole spices and saute for 1/2 second over medium heat.
  3. Add mutton pieces and saute for 2 minutes over medium-low flames.
  4. Now add turmeric powder, Kashmiri chili powder and saute.
  5. Add ginger+garlic paste and mix everything.
  6. Now, add Almond-Onion paste, saute everything and let this cook over medium flame for 3 minutes (stir every minute).
  7. After cooking for 3 minutes, add salt and remaining 'powdered spices' and mix everything.
  8. Let this cook for another 2-3 minutes, till you see oil separating and bubbling on the sides.
  9. Add water and stir:

If Using Pressure Cooker: cover with a lid and give it 3-4 whistles. Then turn off the heat.

If Using a Pan/Pot: cover it using a lid/plate and let this cook on medium-low heat for q0 minutes or until mutton is tender.

Once the Mutton Korma is cooked, transfer it to a serving bowl.

Add chopped almonds on top and serve immediately.

Notes

Mutton: I use a mix of chops, shank and other pieces. Also, fresher meat will be tender and juicy to cook than frozen meat.

Cooking Utensil: I prefer cooking this in a 'Pressure Cooker' as it helps me braise the mutton, that helps tenderize the meat further.

Kashmiri Chili Powder: used for its bright red color and is less spicy than normal chili powder. Used in curries to give a warm color.

Kewda Water: used in lot of Mughlai/Awadhi/Nawabi cuisine. it's sweet-scented water that adds a sweet scent to meats/dessert.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 481 Total Fat: 33g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 113mg Sodium: 438mg Carbohydrates: 14g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 33g

 

1 Reply to "Mutton Korma - Royal Indian Mughlai Mutton #muttonkorma"

  • Lata November 8, 2019 (9:01 am)

    Wish i could eat this out pf the screen!!! Looks amazing

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