Goan Mutton Green Masala

Everybody feels relaxed on a Sunday. Early in the morning wake up and realize it’s a Sunday, you feel like going back to sleep again!! And that’s a norm in my house. Sundays, by themselves, are always special. Special for DH and DD, because they get to catch up on more sleep which is so unlikely in hustle bustle of everyday life. And it is all the more delightful for me as my whole family is at home!!

After having a warm cup of tea and sandwiches for breakfast, it is time to do preps for lunch. And for a Sunday lunch, I always make something adored by both DH and DD, which undoubtedly has to be non-vegetarian. I usually make chicken or fish but last Sunday I thought I would prepare Goan Mutton Green masala. DD loves mutton and even DH prefers it more compared to chicken. It is a kind of mutton preparation that is popular in most Goan households.

Whenever we visit India, my MIL makes sure she prepares mutton with green masala – for obvious reasons – it is one of the many Goan dishes that is DH’s favorite. I have learnt this recipe from her. She would usually pair it up with biryani / pulao rice or simply bread / pav.

Mutton green masala is an aromatic, delicious, fiery and spicy dish usually prepared with ground masala paste. However since I need to feed my DD too, I usually make a milder version using only a few green chillies. Generally Goans make it very spicy – spicy enough to blow your minds out but it tastes insanely good!!!


Mutton – boneless or with bones (around 750 gms – 1 kg)

Onions – 3

Tomatoes – 2 large

Garlic – 8-10 cloves

Ginger – 1 large piece

Coriander leaves – 1 Big bunch

Green chillies – 4-5 (you can use more if you want it very spicy)

Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

Coriander seeds – 2 tbsp

Black peppercorns – 8-10

Cloves – 8-10

Cinnamon stick – 1 large stick broken into small pieces

Garam masala powder – 2-3 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

Yogurt – 2-3 tbsp

Red chilli powder – 2 tsp

Salt – as per taste


Marinate the mutton with turmeric powder, red chilli powder and yogurt. Keep it aside for around 30 mins.

Thinly slice the onions and chop up 2 large tomatoes.

For the masala paste:

Grind all the following ingredients into a fine paste using a little water –

Ginger, garlic, coriander leaves, green chillies, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon.



Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the thinly sliced onions. Fry until golden brown.


Once the onions turn golden brown, add in the marinated mutton and chopped tomatoes.

Mix everything well. Water will start oozing out from the mutton. Cook until all the water is absorbed and tomatoes turn mushy.IMG_20160410_122552

Now add the green masala paste. IMG_20160410_123325.jpg

Mix well. Cook for 5 mins. Then add the garam masala powder. (I use home-made garam masala)IMG_20160410_123447.jpg

Mix everything well and cook for 5 more minutes.


Then add water. I put some water in the blending jar, so I could use up all the leftover masala paste.


Mix well. Add salt. Pressure cook the mutton for 20-25 mins or until the mutton is fork tender. Once done, it will look something like this.



Serve it with pulao, rotis, bread or plain white rice.



Easy, spicy and delicious mutton green masala is ready to be enjoyed !!!


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