‘Bengali Mutton Curry’ is an age old Bengali delicacy where mutton pieces cooked with large potato chunks in a spicy, hot curry. This curry should be thinner in consistency (the bengali word ‘jhol’ means a soup like curry). One full plate of steaming hot rice can be easily polished off only with this. A favourite of all Bengalis, makes it a timeless dish. I’m sharing my mom’s version here, what I’ve learnt from her. 🙂
Bengali Mutton Curry /Mangshor Jhol
- Mutton- 750g
- Potato- 4 medium sized
- Onion paste of 2 medium sized onions
- Ginger paste- 3/4 tsp
- Garlic paste- 1 tsp
- Black peppercorn- ½ tsp (roughly crushed)
- Cumin powder- 1 tbsp
- Coriander powder- 1 tsp
- Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
- Kashmiri Mirch Powder- 1 tsp
- Bay leaf- 1
- Whole dry red chili- 1 (broken)
- Sugar- 1 tbsp
- Mustard oil- 5-6 tbsp
- Few slit green chillies- 8-9
- Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp
Peel the potatoes, cut into halves horizontally into equal halves. Wash and keep aside.
In a cooker add freshly washed pieces of mutton and 1/2 tsp salt. Adjust water to level the mutton in the pressure cooker. Close the cooker lid and take off the flame after 4 whistles. Open the lid after the pressure has reduced. Keep the stock, don’t drain.
Fry the potatoes, let them turn golden brown, remove and keep aside.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Temper with dry red chilli and bay leaf. Add sugar, just gently stir the sugar until all of it has caramelized into a delicious looking golden brown color. Add onion paste and sauté until light brown in color, now add the garlic paste and sauté for few seconds more. Add crushed black peppercorn, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, kashmiri mirch powder, green chillies, salt and ginger paste. Mix and fry it on medium heat until the masala starts leaving oil. Add the mutton pieces and potatoes. Mix well with the masala and fry on medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Cover>Uncover>Stir. Continue with this process. Now add some mutton stock in this (one ladleful at a time), mix and fry for 4-5 minutes. Then add some more stock (the same amount). Repeat this process for 3-4 times. Cook on medium heat. Finally add rest of the stock, mix, cover and cook on a low flame until the meat is fully cooked. Stir in between to prevent from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add garam masala powder, mix and remove from heat.
Serve hot with steamed rice, luchi, ruti, puri, paratha, whatever you like. The typical Bengali way to have this mutton curry/Mangshor jhol is with steamed rice/gorom bhaat. And after that a solid nap is mandatory! 😉