Bengali Mutton curry

Bengali Mutton Curry/Mangshor Jhol

Recipe by Content Writer

4 Serves
1 hr
Mildly Spicy

An age old Bengali delicacy made with mutton pieces cooked with large potato chunks in a spicy, hot curry. This curry is thinner in consistency (the Bengali word ‘jhol’ means a soup like a curry). One full plate of steaming hot rice can be easily polished off only with this.


Marinate mutton pieces with the remaining ingredients numbered 1 to 7. Keep in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Take it out 30 minutes before you are ready to cook.
Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker over medium heat. Add 3/4 tsp sugar. In 1 – 2 minutes it will caramelize and turn a nice golden brown color (be careful not to let it burn). Add sliced onion, little salt and saute for a few minutes. Add crushed garlic and saute until onion turns reddish brown.
Add ginger paste and saute until its raw smell disappears. Add tomatoes, little salt, coriander powder and cumin powder. Saute well until tomato turns mushy and oil separates. Add mutton pieces and cook for 8 – 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until oil separates. Add 3/4 – 1 cup hot water. Bring to a boil.
Meanwhile fry potato cubes adding a pinch of turmeric powder and salt. Fry for a few minutes until they are slightly colored (you don’t need to cook them). Add the potato pieces to the mutton curry. Pour some gravy over the potatoes (do not mix the potatoes with gravy, they will get mashed up) and cover with the pressure cooker lid. Cook over medium-high heat for 1 whistle.Bring down the heat to low and cook for 10 – 15 minutes. Switch off.
Open the cooker after 10 – 15 minutes. Mutton will be perfectly cooked with oil floating on top. Sprinkle the bengali garam masala powder and mix gently (you can also add a tsp of ghee for an extra taste). Keep covered for 10 minutes. Serve with rice / naan/ pulao etc. Enjoy!!


500–600 gm
1 tbsp
1 tbsp
1/2 cup
1 tbsp
2 tbsp
As required
3 tbsp
1/2 inch
1.5 cups
5 large cloves
1 tbsp
1.5 tbsp
1/2 tbsp
1 cup
1 large
1/2 tbsp

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