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Goan Mutton Curry

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This Goan mutton curry can also be prepared with lamb meat

Mutton and lamb fans are going to love this mildly spice Goan mutton curry. This time around, I used chopped mutton on the bone but you could cook lamb or mutton off the bone to if that is what you prefer.

This Goan mutton/lamb curry is so good served simply with plain or flavoured Basmati rice. You might also like to try your hand at making homemade naans or chapatis. Of course if you really want to create a perfect Goan meal, try these homemade poppadoms served up with a good chutney or two.

If you want to make this Goan curry into a feast, you can’t go wrong with by serving an authentic Goan pork vindaloo with it.

Goan mutton curry

About this Goan mutton curry

This is a curry I came across in southern Goa. It has a good spicy hit to it but it’s no where near as spicy as some of the Goan curries my wife and I tried there.

It really could not be easier to cook. You’ll get so many delicious flavours found in Goan food and you never have to leave your house.

Bone-on vs. boned meat

In Goa, you’ll find many Goan mutton curries cooked just like this with the bone in. The bones add additional flavour to the curry. If you are not a fan, feel free to use boneless lamb or mutton cubes.

If doing this, you might want to add meat stock instead of just water but your Goan mutton curry will still be deliciously tasty if you use water.

Working ahead

Like most curries, this Goan mutton curry can be prepared a day or two before serving. The flavours will develop as the curry sits, covered in the fridge.

So if working ahead sound more convenient, this Goan mutton curry is a good place to start.

Can you use other meats?

Yes! Goan mutton curry is usually made with mutton which can be from a sheep or goat. That said, the sauce will go perfectly well with pork, chicken or beef.

If you are a vegetarian, you could also easily make this curry vegetarian by adding potatoes, other veggies or even paneer. If you do add paneer, add it toward the end of cooking so that it doesn’t fall apart in the sauce.

Make this Goan mutton curry your own

You can and should adjust the ingredients to your personal preference. This is a Goan mutton curry I saw prepared but it wasn’t until I got home that I came up with my own ingredient measurements.

So please use this recipe as a guide and do what you like with it.

What do you serve with Goan mutton curry?

If you’d like to make your Goan mutton curry into a feast, you’ve come to the right place. You could just go for a side of Basmati rice or mushroom fried rice.

Homemade Indian breads are also something you might like to try. How about trying some of these —>   Instant naans, Peshwari naans, stove top naans, keema naans, garlic naans, tandoor naans (if you have a tandoor oven), or if you’re cooking outdoors, karahi naans. Oh, and really easy but just as delicious are homemade chapatis.

You might also like to serve this with a good and easy tarka dal or slowly simmered dal makhani.

Want to start your Goan mutton curry meal off right? How about fried shop bought poppadoms or if you’re feeling ambitious, make your own poppadoms from scratch and serve them with coriander chutney, red onion chutney, and/or tamarind chutney.

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Ingredients for Goan mutton curry

Get all of your ingredients together before you start cooking.

Adding the marinade to the mutton

Marinate your meat with the marinade ingredients. This can be done one or two days ahead of cooking. 

Frying the whole spices and curry leaves.

Infuse the whole spices and curry leave in the oil for a minute or so.

Adding the chopped onions.

Stir in the chopped onions and fry for about 5 minutes to soften. Then add the chopped garlic and ginger and stir them in.

Adding the mutton and water

Add the mutton and add just enough water to cover. Simmer, covered until tender, about 45 minutes.

Adding the thick coconut milk

Simmer to thicken a little and then stir in the coconut milk.

Simmering the curry to thicken the sauce

Continue simmering until you are happy with the sauce consistency. Season with salt to taste.



Yield: 4 - 6

Goan Mutton Curry

Goan mutton curry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 900g (2 lbs) lamb or mutton, cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp rapeseed (canola) or coconut oil
  • 20 curry leaves plus more to garnish
  • 2 green cardamom pods, lightly bruised
  • 2 cloves
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 Indian bay leaves (cassia leaves)
  • 2 onions – finely chopped
  • 8 cloves of garlic – left in their skins and crushed
  • 1 x 2.5cm (1 inch) fresh ginger root, finely chopped
  • 400ml (14oz) thick coconut milk
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste (more or less to taste)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Place the mutton/lamb pieces in a large bowl and mix in the turmeric, black pepper, Kashmiri chilli powder, garlic and ginger paste, lime juice and salt. Allow to marinate for about 30 minutes for best results or just go straight to cooking.
  2. Heat the oil in a large wok or pan over medium high heat. When the oil begins to bubble, add the curry leaves, cardamom pods, cloves, dried chillies, coriander seeds and bay leaves.
  3. Fry for about two minutes, stirring the spices so that they cook evenly and then add the chopped onions and the crushed garlic and ginger and fry for about 5 minutes or until the onions are soft and translucent.
  4. Now add the marinated mutton/lamb and stir it into the other ingredients. Allow it to brown for a couple of minutes and then add just enough water or meat stock to cover. Bring to a simmer and cover the pan to cook until tender. This should take about 30 minutes but don’t rush it. The meat is ready when it’s tender.
  5. When the meat is tender, add the coconut milk and tamarind paste and continue to simmer over a medium high heat for about 10 minutes or until you are happy with the sauce consistency.
  6. Try a spoonful and season with more salt to taste if needed and/or other spices. Serve hot with rice or chapatis.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 616mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

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Maryanne Mottershaw

Thursday 24th of November 2022

This curry turned out so The best mutton curry I have tried. Thanks Dan I hahe tried quite a few of your recipes as they have never disappointed so far !

Dan Toombs

Monday 28th of November 2022

Thanks very much, really good to hear. Dan


Saturday 5th of June 2021

I made this recipe twice. Amazing. Bestest ever!

Dan Toombs

Sunday 6th of June 2021

Great to hear! Thanks for letting me know. Dan

shawn paes

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

I made this yesterday. Feb 24th 2021. Came out really well. just dont put 1 TBSP salt marinade with 1 or 1 1/2 tsp salt you can add the rest later. Also add corriander leaves at the end it gives it a fresh taste, I added 1 tsp of garam masala as well. Its not very spicy and I used only 500 gms of mutton. if you want it more spice add 2 green chillies. over all very nice. took about 1.5 hours to cook I did a slow cook as recommended instead of putting it in a pressure cooker which may have been faster. I also marinaded for only 6 hrs but meat was quite tender. Some one said the spices were gritty. 1) you may need to use a grinder and keep it running - make sure to add some water to the grind. 2) when you fry the masala make sure you do that till you see some of the masala oil come out. If you feel it is burning add couple drops of water as required. Some intuition required here, I also used market made ginger garlic which has some salt in it already, but I used 2 tsps not 2 TBSPs thats too much unless your trying to kill a vampire. Ok have fun,

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Thanks very much for the advice and I am glad you made it work. That is what it is all about, adjusting things to your own taste. Dan

Mark I

Saturday 10th of November 2018

yet another fantastic and beautiful recipe.

i have done a number of your recipes and am very grateful you have bothered to take the time and effort to share with everyone.

Thanks Dan!

Dan Toombs

Thursday 13th of December 2018

Thank you very much for that Mark. Really happy you are enjoying the recipes.

Thanks, Dan


Sunday 15th of April 2018

Are you sure a tablespoon of salt is used in the marinade? I made it following this recipe and the end product was almost inedible due to the salt content.

Dan Toombs

Monday 30th of April 2018

Hi Alex

These days I simply say add salt to taste. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to update all the recipes on my blog due to other work. I use a tablespoon of Maldon salt which is not as salty as table salt. It works well. Give it a try or just reduce the amount you add next time.

Cheers, Dan

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