Laal Maas

This spicy royal Rajasthani curry is not for the fainthearted. Lots of chillies, fragrant spices chunks of mutton cooked in plenty of ghee and infused with the smoky flavor of charcoal. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Laal Maas

Main Ingredients Mutton, Kashmiri red chillies
Cuisine Rajasthani
Course Main Course Mutton
Prep Time 1-1.30 hour
Cook time 51-60 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Laal Maas

  • 750 grams Mutton cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 6-8 Kashmiri red chillies soaked
  • ½ cup Yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons Coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger-garlic paste
  • 4 tablespoons Ghee
  • 2 Black cardamoms
  • 3-4 Green cardamoms
  • 1 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 4 medium Onions finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • to taste Salt
  • for garnishing coriander sprig
  • for garnishing Lemon wedges
  • 2-3 pieces Charcoal


  1. Grind the soaked chillies to a fine paste in a blender.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mutton, yogurt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, one tablespoon ginger garlic paste and the red chilli paste. Mix well and set aside to marinate in the refrigerator for an hour.
  3. Heat ghee in a nonstick pressure cooker, to that add black cardamom, green cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf and sauté till its fragrant.
  4. Add the onions and sauté till they turn light brown in colour. Then add the remaining ginger garlic paste and sauté for a minute.
  5. Add the marinated mutton to the onions and sauté on high heat for two to three minutes.
  6. Add salt and sufficient water to cover all the mutton pieces. Cover with a lid and let it cook under pressure for seven to eight whistles.
  7. Once done, remove from heat and wait till the pressure is released.
  8. Meanwhile light the piece of charcoal, place it in a small metal bowl and place the bowl in the centre of pressure cooker.
  9. Add two to three cloves to the coal, pour some ghee and quickly cover with a lid and set aside for two to three minutes.
  10. Put the curry back on heat, add garam masala and give a quick stir before removing from heat.
  11. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with coriander sprigs and a lemon wedge. Serve hot.