Mutton Karahi

This is a wonderful dish which will make your day and the best thing is that red chilli powder is not added in it. It is made in cracked black pepper, tomatoes and normal salt. Do try this and enjoy your Eid with family and friends …

Mutton Karahi


  • 750 gms diced lamb/ mutton or beef (You can use meat with bones, there is no difference in the method of cooking and preparation)
  • 2 onions sliced (medium to large size)
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 tbspns meat tenderizer (best meat tenderizer is green papaya paste)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tspn ginger paste
  • 1 tspn garlic paste
  • 1 tspn red chilli paste (OPT) (For Hot Flavour)
  • ½ tspn cinnamon powder (fresh)
  • 2 cloves and 2 big cardamoms crushed
  • 1 tbspn cracked black pepper
  • ½ tspn of nigella seeds (kalonji seeds)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • A pinch of turmeric


  • 1 big cardamom
  • 1 small cardamom
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • Few fenugreek seeds and leaves
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds


  • 2 – 4 green chillies sliced vertically
  • A bunch of green fresh coriander chopped
  • Few juliennes of ginger


-Marinade meat in vinegar and meat tenderizer (best meat tenderizer is green papaya paste) for 12 – 14 hours.

-Heat oil in a deep pan and add onions and whole garam masala and fry until onions change their color. Now add lamb pieces, turmeric and ginger garlic paste. Stir fry for 10 minutes. Now add salt to taste on low medium heat cook the meat.

-When the moisture vanishes and oil comes up, add yogurt and tomatoes and other spices except black pepper and cook on low heat until it takes a form of masala. This process will take approximately 20 minutes.

-Now add black pepper and stir. Take it out in a dish and garnish with garnishing ingredients written above.

-Serve hot with naan bread or tandoori roti.


Tasty and aromatic mutton karahi is ready to serve.


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Muhamamd Muzammil
    Nov 12, 2010 @ 17:31:39

    One of my favourite dishes is “Mutton Karahi”, The most appealing thing is that u have added 1/2 cup vinegar in this recipe that will definately make this dish very delicious.


  2. Ayaz Ahmad [MVP - MSCRM]
    Nov 12, 2010 @ 20:29:32

    fantastic and very delicious.


  3. ayeshahaq
    Nov 12, 2010 @ 22:51:12

    thanks guys


  4. Saif
    Nov 13, 2010 @ 00:03:17

    Wow…. yumm… We will try this at home! Ayaz is so lucky!


  5. Ahsan Rashid
    Nov 14, 2010 @ 16:45:55

    I’ll try this next weekend insha allah, sounds yummy!


  6. Lubana
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 08:43:34

    Thx for the recipe. It really came in handy! I hope you post more ethnic recipes!


  7. sara
    May 06, 2014 @ 06:34:20

    Hi Ayesha, so for the tenderiser I need to get a very green papaya cut a piece and blend it?


  8. Ammad Barry
    Oct 11, 2016 @ 04:26:20

    The best mutton karahi recipe of all time its really amazing in taste i tried and just found like highway dhaba style


  9. Ammad Barry
    Oct 11, 2016 @ 04:27:32

    the best mutton karahi ever


  10. Yasmin
    Nov 06, 2016 @ 15:48:30

    Please can you tell me what type of vinegar you use? For example white vinegar or malt vinegar?


  11. Awa
    Oct 06, 2017 @ 06:59:22

    It looks very tasty! Of course I’ll try it during the w-end. Thx indeed!


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