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Mutton Pepper Masala

 Published 2012-Mar-08   Updated 2018-Nov-08

- Submitted by Eliza on 6th Jun 2008

(Mutton Dry Masala, Goat Masala)

Mutton Pepper Masala is a spicy semi dry mutton curry with the spiciness of black pepper. It can be found in the menu cards of all popular South Indian chain restaurants. This masala is a great combo with parotta, aapam, chapathi and pulao varieties. t can be made on weekends for a tasty and satsfying meal.

Mutton Masala is a good choice to be prepared for guests and parties along with other items. It doesn't require too much attention. I personally frefer cooking the mutton on open pot. This slow cooking bring out all the flavours of the mutton and gives it a chance to blend well with the masala. It tastes much better than pressure cooking. However if you are not comfortable or if you are in a hurry, pressure cook the mutton pieces.

Recipe for Mutton Pepper Masala

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Serves: 3-4


  • Mutton - 1/2 kg (1 lb)
  • Onions or Small Onions (chopped) - 1 cup
  • Tomato (small sized chopped) - 1
  • Ginger-Garlic paste - 2 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves - 1 string
  • Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds (powdered) - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves (chopped) - for garnish
  • Black Pepper (freshly powdered) - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste


  1. Wash mutton thoroughly in water and drain it.
  2. Sauté onion and ginger and garlic together in oil till the onion turns nicely brown.
  3. Add tomato to it and sauté for another minute.
  4. Add the mutton pieces and sauté it for a minute.
  5. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric, salt and sauté it for another couple of minutes so that the mutton pieces will coated with all the masalas.
  6. Add the water (1 cup) and let it cook for 20 - 30 minutes on open flame. If needed yoou can pressure cook too but cooking in open flame gives the best taste.
  7. Let it cook on simmer for another 15 minutes till most of the water is evaporated. It should be in a semi dry consistency.
  8. Finally add chopped coriander leaves, curry leaves, fennel seeds powder and powdered black pepper. Simmer for few minutes and switch off.

Serving Mutton Pepper Masala

  • Serve the spicy and warm mutton masala it with chapati, rice, aapam or with dosa.


  • Most times, mutton we get to buy in US or India takes longer time to cook. If so, do pressure cook this for 15 minutes. 
  • Similarly you could also make Beef pepper masala.

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Comments (2)

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Tried dis last nite...was all praises!!!!!!! Every1 just luvd it....all credits to u guys..thnx a lot...
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Thats great to hear.. Credit goes to the hands that made it..

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Comment by majella rajkumar
Thank you for doing such a wonderful job of putting up tasty recipes on the net. continue being a blessing to many who can enjoy lovely meals.

Reply :-
Thank you so much for your compliments and blessing.

Comment by Fatimah Thaga
Hi Dahlia, one kg is not enough for 3 of us... really it was tasty even my son loves it... :-))

Reply :-
Oh oh..... May be next time you can make more. :-)

Comment by Milla Herman
Seriously my mouth is watering !!!!!!!!!!
send me more spicy recipes via email only.
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I'll send you the invitation to join my mailing list.

Comment by Norlin Karim on 17 December 2009 15:48PM
Another great recipe. Everyone loved it that 1/2 kg of meat wasn't enough! I must double it the next time I make it!

Reply :-
Sure!! Keep the measurements as guidelines and double or triple the quantity as needed.

Comment by Diana Maben on 12 June 2009 04:37AM
Hey Dahlia....This recipe looks really yum... Am going to try it on the weekend....Will let u know soon...Thanks

Reply :-
Sure Diana. Do try and let me know.

Comment by Samar Singh on 16 October 2008 07:21AM           
Hi, I did put just 1/2 cup, but i think the tomatoes also added to the water.
Of course, i did not follow the recipe to the letter :)  (but surely to a large part).  I had pork in place of mutton (mutton is very difficult to find here) and some other minor variations, i guess that changed the outcome.
I've already tried Tawa Chicken, it also came out good.  All over i think you are doing a good job with this web-site.  Its specially a gift for guys like me staying alone and cooking by themselves :)
Best regards Samar

Reply :-
hi samar, Thanks a lot for the compliments. Its nice to hear that the website has been useful for you.

Comment by Samar Singh on 15 October 2008 08:53AM
Hi, I did try it out and also took it to office for my colleagues to try and it was pretty good.  Although not the same as in the photo, my gravy turned out wet, but it was nice with rice.
Thanks a lot

Reply :-
hi samar, good to hear from you and happy to read that you liked the recipe. The quantity of water mentioned is just half cup for 1/2 kg of mutton. Did u add the exact quantity or did u add more?? next time if you feel there is more water than you need, just put in high flame for 5 min and stir constantly till all the water evaporates. do try the other recipes too.

Comment by Samar Singh on 13 October 2008 19:30PM
Hi, I am making this now, but didn't u forget to put salt somewhere ??? :) I'll let you know how it turns out...

Reply :-
Hi, Try it and let us know how this turned out for you. Your correction is appreciated. Will change it.

Comment by Annie on Monday, June 09, 2008 2:57:34 PM
hi dahlia, the photo looks great. mouth watering. I will try it soon and let u know. cant wait.

Cant wait to hear from you too.

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