Mutton karahi | Delicious and Authentic Karahi Recipe

Mutton karahi is a delicious and aromatic Pakistani dish made with tender pieces of mutton by adding various spices, onions, tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste, and green chilies and cook in a karahi. It is usually cooked on high heat to infuse the flavor and create a rich flavorful gravy. Here is a Perfect and authentic restaurant-style Karahi Recipe that you can make easily at home.

Mutton karahi | delicious and Authentic Karahi Recipe

    Mutton karahi

    Pakistani mutton karahi is one of the most popular dish from Asian cuisine. Karahi is made with mutton, beef, or chicken and frequently consumed in restaurants and homes in Pakistan. This dish is usually served with fresh rice, roti (bread), or naan. Karahi can be made with different recipes in different regions of Pakistan, and each region has its unique flavors and combinations of spices and the aroma of the dish is intensified by the effect of spices and frying in a karahi pot. You can also try mutton and beef recipes for your menu.

    What is karahi?

     Karahi is a pot and usually made of copper or stainless steel and is characterized by its high side walls and flat bottom. Cooking in a karahi helps to enhance the flavor and even distribution of heat in the dish.

    History of karahi

     Although there is no clear information about the history of these dishes, it is thought that Karahi originates from the Northwest regions of Pakistan. The Karahi pot and cooking method reflect the traditional cooking style of the region. Since chicken or mutton are widely consumed protein sources in the region, it was inevitable that these dishes would gain popularity. Today, Mutton karahi, Chicken Karahi and Gosht Karahi are considered an essential part of Pakistani cuisine.

    Best Mutton Karahi Recipe

     Very tasty, easy and healthy and best recipe for mutton we have ever had. You can make it easily by follow step by step directions. For more delicious and tasty recipes you can also visit Food Diariees.

    •  Calories: 518 calories
    • Resting time: 30 minutes,  Cooking time: 45 to 60 minutes,
    •  Cuisine: Indian & Pakistani
    •  Enough for 4-5 peoples

     Ingredients for Making Mutton karahi

    •  1 kg mutton, cut into pieces
    •  3-4 tablespoon of ghee or cooking oil
    • 2 large onions, finely sliced
    • 2 large tomatoes chopped
    • 2 tablespoons of ginger-garlic paste
    • 1 tablespoons of coriander powder
    • 1 tablespoons of red chili powder
    •  1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
    •  1/2 cup yogurt
    • 2 green chilies, chopped
    •  1 teaspoon cumin powder
    •  1 tablespoons of garam masala powder
    • Salt to taste
    • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped for garnish
    • Ginger, cut into julienne for garnish
    • Green chilies, sliced for garnish

    Cooking method

     STEP:1  Marination

    •  In a deep bowl, marinate the mutton pieces with yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. Marinate mutton at least 30 minutes, it allow the flavors to penetrate into the meat.

     STEP:2 Cooking

    •  Heat a heavy thick based pan over medium heat. Add cooking oil and heat up oil for few second now add cumin seeds and let them splutter. 
    • Add the onions now, and saute them until it turns into light golden brown color.
    • Chopped tomatoes should be added into the pan and cook until the tomatoes are soft and the oil begins starts to separate.
    • Now add marinated mutton into the pan. Mix everything together and cook on high heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the mutton frequently until it turns into brown color.

    STEP:3 Cover the lid and cook on low flame

    • Now add two to three cups of water and bringing it to boil, lower the heat, place a lid on the pot and let the mutton cook until its tender. This may take some time almost 30 minutes.
    • Once the mutton becomes tendered and the oil begins to separate, add chopped green chilies and garam masala and cook for a further five to seven minutes, until the flavor meld together.

     STEP:4 Garnish and serving

    •  Garnish the mutton karahi with chopped coriander leaves julienne Ginger green chilies. Enjoy your delicious homemade mutton karahi.
    • you can served mutton karahi with naan, chapati and steam rice and also served with raita and salad.

    Mutton Karahi


    Cooking Tips and Tricks

     Selection of meat

    Selection of meat is very important,  for best result select fresh meat and also choose a mix of bone in and boneless pieces for added flavors.


    Marinate the meat with yogurt, ginger and garlic paste , and some spices for few hours or overnight, if time allows. This process will give extra flavor and tenderness of the meat.

     Use karahi or Wok

    Cooking in a traditionally karahi or a wok helps in even distribution of heat and enhance the flavor, if you don't have a karahi, use a wide mouthed pan.

     Fresh and balanced spices

    To get the best flavor, use freshly ground spices and adjust the amount to suit your taste. This includes garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, and freshly made ginger and garlic paste. 

    To suit your own taste, adjust the amount of spice. To get the best flavor, use freshly ground spice. This may include freshly ginger and garlic paste, coriander powder, cumin powder and garam masala. Taste the curry and add more spice and chili if needed. 

     Garnishing and serving

     Garnish with garden fresh coriander leaves at the end for a burst of freshness and serve it hot immediately for the best taste.


    Which part of mutton is best for karahi?

    For mutton karahi, the shoulder or leg portion of the mutton is typically used. These parts add additional flavor to the dish while it is cooking and are renowned for their tenderness and rich flavor. You can ask your butcher for these pieces like mutton shoulder and leg for the best result in preparing mutton karahi recipe.

    How to store or freeze leftover karahi?

    We can store leftover mutton karahi in air tight container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 2 to 3 days, when you want to eat, warm on the stove top or in the microwave.

    Can I use lamp instead of mutton?

    Yes, you can use lamp as a substitute of mutton at just the cooking time according as lamp tends to cook faster than mutton.


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