Mutton Kurma Recipe

Lamb Korma
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
454 Calories
31g Fat
9g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 454
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 33g
Calcium 103mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Kormas are typically made by marinating the main ingredient in yogurt and spices like ginger and garlic. It is then cooked in its own juices and a gravy made of onions, lots of tomatoes, green chilies and whole spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, coriander, cumin, etc.

Kormas can range from mild to medium hot and tastes nice with bread like chapatis (flatbread), parathas (pan-fried flatbread) or naans (leavened flatbread made baked in a tandoor or oven). You can also make this dish with mutton or goat meat.


  • 2.2 pounds/1 kilogram lamb, mutton, goat meat on the bone or boneless​
  • 1 cup fresh unsweetened yogurt
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable cooking oil
  • 3 large onions chopped fine
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons ginger paste
  • 2-inch piece of cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 2 pieces of mace
  • 5 green cardamom pods split
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped fine
  • salt (to taste)
  • fresh green coriander chopped fine to garnish (approximately 2 tablespoons)

Steps to Make It

  1. Put the lamb into a large mixing bowl. Add the yogurt and mix to coat the meat well. Keep aside.

  2. Heat the cooking oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat. When hot, add the onions and fry till almost pale golden. Add the ginger and garlic pastes and fry for 1 minute. Stir often to prevent burning.

  3. Add all the whole spices and fry for 1 minute or till spices are slightly darker in color.

  4. Add all the powdered spices and fry until the oil begins to separate from the masala (spice mix). Stir often to prevent burning. If required, sprinkle a little water from time to time to prevent the masala from burning.

  5. Add the marinated meat to this and fry till the meat is sealed.

  6. Add the tomatoes, salt to taste and fry till the tomatoes are pulpy. Stir often to prevent spices burning. Do not cook on high heat. Once tomatoes are pulpy, simmer heat, cover the pan and cook until meat is done about 30 to 45 minutes.

  7. This dish should have a thick gravy so ideally, water is not added while cooking. If however, you find it getting too dry, 1/2 a cup of warm water can be added to it.

  8. When the meat is cooked and tender, remove the pan from heat and put Korma into a serving dish.

  9. Garnish with chopped fresh coriander. Serve piping hot with bread like chapatis (flatbread), parathas (pan-fried flatbread) or naans (leavened flatbread made baked in a tandoor or oven).