Kosha Mangsho

Kosha Mangsho or Bengali spicy sautéed mutton curry (Mind it……spicy is not synonymous with chilli hot) is one of those dishes that I love but do not cook often as we are minimising our consumption of the mutton or lamb or any other red meat for that matter. However, no festival is complete in Bengal without a mutton dish. This is also a dish for which a Bengali would trade off rice for ruti (roti/round Indian flour bread) or Luchi ( puri/ Indian fried round bread) or porotha( paratha).

I cooked this dish for Eid, which was on 20th October 2012 to give the festival season a boost. I could not post it immediately as I was shifting home so was busy packing. This dish is usually cooked with goat meat (mutton) but you can also use lamb/beef or pork. However, in Bengal it is cooked with mutton and usually will have thick gravy with lots of spices like cinnamon, cardamom and clove. You can adjust the use of chilli according to your taste. I am not a chilli person so mine is usually very mild. But for the red colour of the gravy I used roasted red pepper powder. You can also use Kashmiri chilli powder if you like. Also this dish usually have lots of oil, which again is not my type of food. Therefore, I reduced the use of oil. According to many without oil food doesn’t taste the way they should be. But I think it doesn’t compromise the taste…well at least it comes out the way I like it. I like to eat and do not want to ever give up eating. So I ensure that I make them a little healthy so that I do not have to totally give up. To that end, what I also did is, boiled the mutton for 5 mins with little bit of salt and turmeric and drained the water to get rid of the meat fat. However, this is not usually done or needed for this recipe. Do not do this if you are not as concerned of high fat or cholesterol. But if you decide to do, I can vouch that the taste does not change
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Kosha Mangsho or Bengali spicy sautéed mutton curry Recipe
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Serves: 3

500gms- Mutton/lamb leg or shoulder cut into medium pieces
1-teaspoon turmeric
2-teaspoon ginger paste
2 –teaspoon garlic paste
2- teaspoon roasted cumin powder (dry roast the cumin seed and make powder)
1- teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder (optional or depending on taste)
2- large tomatoes de-seeded and chopped

2-large onion chopped
½ Cup Yogurt

1-teaspoon sugar
5- Cardamom
2-inch cinnamon
2-bay leaves



1.    Optional process: Boil the mutton for 5mins with little salt and turmeric.

2.    Optional process: drain the water to get rid of the fat.

3.    Marinate the mutton with ginger, garlic and yoghurt. I marinated it for 30mins. You can keep it as long as you like even over night, but freeze it while marinating for longer hours

4.    In a deep and heavy bottom pan heat oil

5.    Add cinnamon ,cardamom, clove and bay leaves

6.    Sprinkle sugar and add chopped onions

7.    Fry the onions until golden brown. The caramelised sugar will also add to the colour

8.    Add the tomato and fry until oil separates

9.    Add the mutton and cook slowly for 10/15 mins

10. Take  coriander, cumin, red chilli Powder and turmeric Powder in a bowl

11. Add little water and the ginger and garlic paste to make it a smooth paste

12. Add the mixture to the mutton

13. Cover with a lid, on  low heat and cook till the mutton is soft

14. Uncover and check for burning at the bottom, if required sprinkle little water

15. When the mutton becomes soft, sprinkle some garam masala ( powder of cinnamon and cardamom )

16. Serve with rice, roti, puri or paratha

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