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Malvani Mutton Masala

Submitted by pj_automata on Wed, 09/09/2009 - 21:26
Recipe Description: 

If I were about to die and only had time for one last meal, this dish would be it! A very spicy, coconut and onion based curry from the Malvan region of the west coast of India.

Malvani cuisine is well known for its fiery non-vegetarian dishes and is usually marked by a liberal use of coconut in various forms.


Mutton (goat meat) - 500 gms
Onions, chopped - 4 medium-sized.
Ginger paste - made from a 2 inch piece
Garlic paste - made from 8-10 cloves
Coriander leaves (Cilantro) - a few sprigs, chopped
Oil - 5 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn
Meat tenderizer (optional)

You can use a ready-made Malvani masala mix or make it using the following ingredients:
Red dry chillies - 10
Coriander seeds - 2 tspn
Cloves - 4-5
Peppercorns - 1/2 tspn
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tspn
Caraway seeds (shahi jeera) - 1/2 tspn
Green cardamoms - 4-5 pods
Black cardamoms - 2-3 pods
Dry grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Poppy seeds (khuskhus) - 1 tspn


1) Dry roast the grated coconut until it is brownish in color.

2) Add 2 tbsp oil and then ingredients for Malvani masala (red chillies, coriander seeds, cloves, ...etc) to it. Fry for about 30 secs to a min. (The spices should sputter a little, but not burn).

3) Remove this mixture from heat, and grind it after it cools down. Keep aside.

4) Pan fry onions separately with 3 tbsp of oil until golden brown.

5) Add the ginger garlic paste to it. Fry for 30 secs.

6) Add mutton, fry for a minute or two.

7) Add the coconut masala mixture, turmeric along with 2 cups of water. Optionally add meat tenderizer. Cover and cook on a low flame. (It should simmer mildly, and never boil vigorously. High heat will make the meat chewy)

8) Once the mutton is cooked (takes about 15-20 mins of simmering on low flame), add more water if you prefer the curry to be not as thick and simmer for 2 mins more.

9) Take off heat and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot.

Lunch or Dinner
Main Dish
Diet Type: 
Preparation time: 
Cook time: 
Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)

I liked your recepie

Submitted by Geetanjali on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 05:02.

I liked your recepie

Worked out well

Submitted by Samar on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 09:02.

Used your recipe and was very happy with the result. Mutton quality was not the best so used the pressure cooker, but otherwise taste was excellent. Thanks.


Submitted by vaidu01 on Tue, 09/14/2010 - 00:05.

You didnt mention the qnt of Malvani masala ready mix to be used.Have made the masala at home do I use the entire amount or ???

Yes, use the entire amount.

Submitted by pj_automata on Thu, 09/16/2010 - 21:56.

Yes, use the entire amount.


Submitted by sapnaamogh on Sun, 01/17/2010 - 10:46.

i would love to try this recipe!!just wondering though .is ther no souring agent in the recipe (lemon,imli,tomato)????


Submitted by pj_automata on Thu, 02/18/2010 - 00:59.

I do sometimes put tomatoes in this dish. However, it turns out great either way.


Submitted by Panchaitika Pad... on Thu, 09/10/2009 - 09:39.

I have to try this one on my carnivorus family members. If nothing, I'm sure my husband will swoon over this one! Thanks for the Malvani Masala. Would you change anything in the recipe to make chicken instead of mutton?


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