Spicy Mutton Ghee Roast

Mutton tossed in fiery blend of spices with the added flavor of ghee makes this dish a winner all the way.

Mutton ghee roast takes you right into the heart of Mangalorean cuisine. And by now my readers would have understood that I take great pleasure in exploring different cuisines. This dish, introduced to me 23 years back by Savita has remained a classic delectable. Mutton tossed in fiery blend of spices with the added flavor of ghee makes this dish a winner all the way.

How to prepare this classic dish in just few steps

1) Marinate mutton with ginger, garlic and yogurt.

2) Next, fry mutton in ghee and cook until tender.

3) Dry roast spices.

4) Grind into a fine powder.

5) Fry masala in ghee.

6) Simmer cooked mutton in masala and rest for some time before serving.

What to serve with Mutton Ghee roast

As it is bursting with flavors, it can be served with neer dosa, sanna, appam, pathiri or any rice based breads or even plain rice. It goes well with usual flat breads like naan, rumali roti and phulkas. Then, serve with ghee rice along with some raita for a satisfying meal.

Building a complete meal is much of the fun in cooking. So a main course as tangy and filling as this calls for a sweet treat as dessert. Check out my chocolate fudge recipe for the perfect end to your meal.

Spicy Mutton Ghee Roast

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 40 mins


Mutton ghee roast -tried, tested and passed with flying colors, give it a try to rake in admiration. As the name suggests, ghee is irreplaceable in this recipe. Any other substitutes will take away the soul of this recipe. The fiery red appearance is not indicative of its spiciness, it's just the kashmiri chillies at work.


For Marinade

For Ghee Roast Spices


  1. Marinate the washed and pat dried mutton pieces with ginger, garlic and yogurt for a min of 30 min. It can be refrigerated overnight too.

  2. Add 1 tsp of salt and ½ tsp of turmeric(optional) to mutton. Heat a heavy bottom pan or a pressure cooker. Add a few tbsp. of ghee and fry mutton for 10 min on high flame. Add hot water and cook mutton until tender.

  3. Dry roast spices for ghee roast and grind to fine powder.

  4.  Heat a heavy bottom pan and fry the ground spices in ghee for a few minutes. Add water or stock to deglaze the pan. Cook the spices until oil starts leaving the sides of the pan. Deglaze the pan several times.

  5.  Add cooked mutton, curry leaves and simmer on low flame for 10 to 20 min until the meat is tender and has absorbed all the flavors.

  6. Gravy should be bursting with flavors of spices with the right amount of tanginess from the yogurt. Adjust salt and add 1 tsp of jaggery syrup (optional) to balance the flavors.


Cooking mutton- Cook mutton on low flame for 3 to 4 hrs in a heavy bottom pan until the meat is tender. Or for quicker results, cook in a pressure cooker on high flame until the first whistle and then simmer on low flame for 15 to 20 min.

Silverskin or rubbery connective tissue should be trimmed prior to cooking.

Spices- I like to use Indian ginger and garlic in all my recipes for its flavor. Freshly ground ginger and garlic is preferred for marination. Or you can grind a big batch (50 to 100 gms) of ginger or garlic in a mixer and store in a clean jar in the fridge for upto a week for convenience.

Store bought ginger and garlic paste tends to contain salt and citric acid.

Make ahead- Ghee roast can be prepared well ahead and refrigerated for 3 to 4 days without the dish losing its flavor. To reheat, firstly, bring the dish to room temperature by leaving it on the counter top for 30 min to 1 hr. Warm it in a heavy pan on low flame. Add a few curry leaves.

Yogurt- I prefer to use homemade yogurt for marination as it is more flavourful and nutritious than store bought ones.

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