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Mutton rezala Bengali recipe(Mughlai lamb stew)

Mutton rezala Bengali recipe(Mughlai lamb stew)
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This is another mutton dish which is a part of Mughlai cuisine in Bengal .The dish is characterized by a light soupy whitish  rich gravy due to the addition of white poppy seeds paste and cashew nuts paste .The mutton needs to be marinated and should be a melt into mouth kind in the dish.You can also add fresh cream which I have not added just because my husband does not like white colored gravy .The dish is equally tasty only it does not have white color.You can go ahead add add cream into the gravy.You can serve the dish with steamed rice or naans..




  1. Lamb or Goat meat  pieces
  2. Potatoes 4 to 5 whole (optional not in the original recipe)
  3. Curd( 200 gms)
  4. Turmeric(1/2 tsp)
  5. Salt (as per taste)
  6. Clarified butter (ghee) or mustard oil or any other vegetable oil (2 to 3 tbsp)
  7. Ginger garlic paste fresh( 2 to 3 tbsp)


Rub and massage the meat pieces and marinate for 24 hours in refrigerator.

Seasoning ingredients

  1. Bay leaves 2 to 3
  2. Dry red chilies whole (4 to 5)
  3. Ghee or vegetable oil (1/4th cup)

Gravy ingredients

  1. Onions 3 to 4
  2. Ginger garlic paste (1 tbsp)
  3. Cashews (1 cup)
  4. White poppy seeds (2  tbsp)
  5. Green chilies(4 to 5 )depends on how much spicy you want
  6. cinnamon (2 sticks)
  7. Cloves (5 to 6)
  8. Cardamom (5 to 6)
  9. Nutmeg (1/4th of a fruit)
  10. mace ( 2 to 3 flowers)
  11. cumin (1/2 tbsp)
  12. Coriander seeds(1/2 tbsp)
  13. Black pepper(1/2 tsp)
  14. Kewra water ( 2 tbsp)
  15. Saffron dissolved in 2 )tbsp of milk( to 10 strands)
  16. Fresh cream (1/2   cup) optional


  1. Fry the chopped onions in 1 tbsp of oil till pink and make a paste when it cools down.
  2. Make a paste of poppy seeds and green chilies.
  3. Make a paste of cashew nuts
  4. Add 1/4th cup of oil or ghee in the pan and add the whole red  chilies and bay leaves.
  5. Powder all the spices together finely(6 to 13 nos in the ingredient list)
  6. Add onion paste followed by ginger garlic paste.
  7. Then add the mutton and spices and fry .
  8. Add the cashewnuts and poppy seeds paste and cook for about 45 mins to an hour till the mutton gets tender and start leaving the bones.(You can use pressure cooker also)
  9. Add the  fresh cream and some warm water if you want a thin gravy.
  10. Check salt.
  11. Before taking it off fire add kewra water and saffron and mix.
  12. Serve hot.



4 thoughts on : Mutton rezala Bengali recipe(Mughlai lamb stew)

  • March 30, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Indrani, this looks amazing! I’m a big fan of mutton and ‘rezala’ is something I haven’t made before. I’d love to try this out.:)

    • March 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Thank you kanak..yes it is really worth try. Mughlai cuisine from Bengal..perhaps turkish origin.Do let me know if you try

  • Veeru
    December 12, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I love your mutton rezala

    • December 12, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Oh Thanks so much

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