Kolhapuri Mutton Curry

Kolhapuri Mutton Curry is an authentic delicacy of Maharashtra, a state in the western and central peninsular region of India. A lot of spices go in the making of the Kolhapuri curry, making it aromatic and flavoursome.


For the base:

  • Oil- 2 tsp
  • Cloves- 2
  • Star anise- 1
  • Dried bay leaves- 1
  • Peppercorns- 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick- 1 inch
  • Dried red chillies- 3 
  • Coriander seeds- 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds- 1 tsp
  • Desiccated coconut- ¼ cup
  • Onions- 2, chopped
  • Tomatoes- 3, chopped

For the curry:

  • Mutton- 500 gms, cut in cubes
  • Oil- 3 tbsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  • Onion- 1, sliced
  • Red chilli powder- 1 tbsp
  • Mutton masala powder- 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Water- 500 ml
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves- a handful, finely chopped.


  • STEP 1 Wash and marinate the mutton with half the ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, and salt.
  • STEP 2 In a pan, heat the oil and fry all the spices until they turn aromatic.
  • STEP 3 Now add the chopped onions, tomatoes, and desiccated coconut and fry on a medium flame for about 5-8 minutes.
  • STEP 4 Transfer the contents to a plate and let it cool.
  • STEP 5 Once cooled down, grind the mixture into a thick fine paste.
  • STEP 6 In a large pot, heat the oil and fry the sliced onions until golden brown.
  • STEP 7 Add the marinated mutton, ginger garlic paste, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, water, and the paste to the pot, and fry until the raw aroma disappears.
  • STEP 8 Add mutton masala powder and let it boil on a medium-low flame until the mutton is cooked well.
  • STEP 9 Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
  • STEP 10 Tastes delicious when served hot with Indian bread or steamed rice.