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Odisha, a state known for its rich culinary heritage, offers a plethora of delectable dishes. One such dish that stands out is the Mutton Curry with Potatoes dish. This traditional recipe combines tender mutton pieces with the earthy flavors of potatoes, creating a mouthwatering curry that will leave you craving for more. In this recipe, I have explained the ingredients, cooking process, and the unique flavors that make this Mutton Curry Recipe, Odia Style Aloo Mutton Curry, a must-try for meat lovers.

Learn how to make Odia style mutton curry with potatoes


This Mutton Curry with Potatoes recipe is also known as Mangsha Tarkari, a traditional meat curry dish from Odisha in India. It is a popular non-vegetarian dish that is made with tender pieces of mutton and potatoes, cooked in a rich and flavorful gravy.

I have my own recipe which was handed over to me my mom. She starts by marinating the meat with a blend of yogurt/curd and some ginger-garlic paste. The marinated meat is then cooked with onions, tomatoes, and a variety of spices like cumin, coriander, and garam masala. The slow cooking process allows the flavors to blend together and the meat to become tender and juicy.

Odisha Mangsha Tarkari is typically served with rice or roti (Indian bread) and is enjoyed as a main course dish. It is known for its spicy and aromatic flavors, making it a favorite among meat lovers in Odisha.

Overall, Odisha Mangsha Tarkari is a delicious and hearty meat curry that showcases the rich culinary heritage of Odisha.


While growing up, Mutton Potato Stew or Mangsha Aloo Tarkari was a staple Sunday lunch. We all would sit down to a big meal prepared by my Ma. She would make this Mutton Potato Stew with freshly cut grass-fed goat and cook it with freshly ground masala paste and mustard oil. Oh.., it has to be mustard oil though. The curry would have big piece of potatoes and chunks of succulent meat on their bones. Delicious.

Oh, the nostalgia. Every family from Odisha can relate to this.

Now things have changed. I make this curry just whenever there is a craving. There is no Sunday lunch tradition going on. I make mutton in various way – Spicy Mutton Fry, Mutton kebabs, Shahi Mutton, Mutton Biryani etc.., but nothing beats this spicy soupy version of Ma’s dish popularly known in Odisha as Mutton Curry or Aloo Mangsha Tarkari.

Every time I make this Mutton Potato Stew, I usually like it piping hot and in a big soup bowl and I eat it just like that. But it tastes awesome with some steamed rice, a wedge of lemon. You can serve this dish with plain dosa (Fermented Indian crepes) or Roti or Naan. Or, just do what I do. Enjoy a big bowl of Spicy Mutton and Potato Stew on a freezing night with a glass of red wine.


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The recipe card at the bottom of this post contains a complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions.

    • Mutton. Use boneless lamb as an alternative
    • Onion
    • Onion, Ginger & Garlic Paste (see notes below to learn how to make ginger garlic paste)
    • Potatoes
    • Turmeric
    • Chili powder
    • Salt
    • Cumin Powder
    • Coriander Powder
    • Bay Leaves or Teja Patra
    • Garam Masala
    • Mustard Oil
    • Ghee
    • Yogurt
    • Chopped mint or coriander leaves for garnishing


    STEP 1 – Prepare Ginger+Garlic Paste

    In a small blender, blend chopped onion, ginger and garlic till you get a very fine paste.

    STEP 2 Marinate the fresh mutton

    Marinate the mutton pieces with fresh yogurt and onion, ginger-garlic paste. Leave it aside for an hour.

    STEP 3 – Make the Mutton Masala Base

    Heat oil in a deep pan or pressure cooker and add the chopped onions. Sauté until they turn golden brown.

    Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for a minute until the raw smell disappears. Add the turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and salt. Mix well and cook for a few minutes until the oil separates from the masala.

    STEP 4 – Add marinated mutton to the masala

    Now, add the mutton pieces and cook on medium heat until they are browned on all sides.

    Cook for about 40 to 45 minutes until the mutton is tender. Once the mutton is cooked and you see the oil separates, add the cubed potatoes and cook until they are soft and well-cooked.

    Add desired amount of water to make the gravy and cook on low heat for another 20 minutes.

    Sprinkle garam masala and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.


    Odisha Mutton Curry with Potatoes is best enjoyed with steamed rice or hot rotis. The combination of the tender mutton, flavorful gravy, and the soft potatoes creates a delightful experience for your taste buds. You can also pair it with a side of cucumber raita or pickles to enhance the flavors further.

    Odisha Mutton Curry with Potatoes is a classic dish that showcases the rich flavors and culinary traditions of Odisha. The tender mutton, combined with the earthy taste of potatoes, creates a curry that is both comforting and satisfying. Whether you are a meat lover or simply looking to explore new flavors, this authentic Odisha dish is a must-try. So, gather your ingredients, follow the cooking process, and indulge in the flavors of this delightful curry.

    Mangsha Tarkari is a famous non-vegetarian goat meat stew from the state of Odisha
    Mangsha Tarkari, Mutton Potato Stew, Mutton Curry

        Note: The amount of time it takes to cook mutton depends on the quality of mutton. You can always make this curry in pressure cooker or Insta Pot or a Slow Cooker.

        Mangsha Tarkari, Mutton Potato Stew, Mutton Curry

        Mutton Curry Recipe, Odia Style Aloo Mutton Curry

        Odisha, a state known for its rich culinary heritage, offers a plethora of delectable dishes. One such dish that stands out is the Odisha Mutton Curry with Potatoes. This traditional recipe combines tender mutton pieces with the earthy flavors of potatoes, creating a mouthwatering curry that will leave you craving for more. In this recipe, I have explained the ingredients, cooking process, and the unique flavors that make this Mutton Curry Recipe, Odia Style Aloo Mutton Curry, a must-try for meat lovers.
        5 from 11 votes
        Prep Time 30 minutes
        Cook Time 1 hour
        Course Main Course
        Cuisine Bengali, Indian, Odisha
        Servings 8



        To Make Ginger, Garlic & Onion Paste

        • 2 inch Ginger
        • 1 pod Garlic
        • 1 small Red Onion

        To Marinate Mutton

        • 1/2 cup Fresh yogurt

        For Mutton Curry

        • 4 Med Potatoes
        • 2 tbsp Salt
        • 3 Medium Red onion finely chopped
        • 1 tbsp Turmeric
        • 1 tbsp Chili powder per your taste
        • 2 Bay Leaves or Teja Patra
        • 2 tbsp Garam Masala
        • 1/2 cup Mustard Oil
        • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
        • 1/2 tbsp Cumin Powder


        Prepare the Ginger, Garlic and Onion Paste

        • Clean, peel and chop the ginger into small pieces
        • Skin the garlic pods
        • Cut the inion into small pieces
        • Blend the ginger, garlic, and onion with spoonful of water to get a fine paste

        Marinate the Mutton Pieces

        • Wash the mutton
        • In a mixing bowl, mix the mutton pieces with half of the ginger, garlic, and onion paste
        • Add the fresh yogurt to the bowl and give it a good mix.
        • Cover the marinated mutton and keep it back in the refrigerator for an hour or so.

        Make the Mutton Masala Base

        • In a deep pot, heat the mustard oil.
        • Once the oil is hot enough, add a spoonful of sugar (this will add a rich taste to the curry). Let the sugar caramelize.
        • Add the bay leaves and chopped red onions to the hot oil and cook on medium flame till the onion is transparent.
        • Add the remaining ginger, garlic, onion paste, turmeric, red chili powder, dhania (coriander) powder, jeera (cumin) powder, and salt to the pot.
        • Cook the masala base for a good 30 minutes or so on slow to medium flame till the oil separates and the smell of garlic is gone.

        Cook the Mutton Curry with Potatoes

        • Once the oil is separated and you see the mutton masala coming together, add the marinated mutton pieces. Give it a good stir and continue to cook on the low to medium flame
        • For the first few minutes, the mutton will look watery and that because, the mutton is getting cooked in its own juice.
        • Cover the pot and cook the mutton for about 25/30 minutes.
        • After 30 minutes, add the peeled potatoes and hot water to the pot. How much water you add depends on how thin you like the gravy.
        • Keep on cooking the mutton for another 30 minutes on low and slow till you get the mutton is tender and the potatoes are cooked through.
        • Sprinkle garam masala and chopped coriander before you turn off the flame. Let the mutton curry stay covered for 30 minutes before you serve it with Rice/Roti or Naan.
        Keyword Curry, goat meat, mutton, Odisha Mutton Curry
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        1. This looks sooo yummy. I need to try it!

        2. Not only orissa.. people from bengal are also fond of mutton stew with aloo..thanks for the beautiful recipe

        3. tiffanyebarry says:

          This looks so delicious! I’ve always wanted to try a good mutton stew recipe.

        4. I love mutton so much. This looks so delicious! I will give a try to this recipe.

        5. It’s been forever since I had some proper winter comfort food like this 🙂

        6. This recipe looks amazing. I really appreciate that you listed the ingredients for garam masala. I can’t find it in my grocery store, and there are no Indian markets in this area. I also love that this recipe uses goal meat. It’s so delicious and nothing else tastes quite like it. I also know what you mean about people who aren’t family being as close as family. It sounds like you have a wonderful sister (in-law). I love your new props, too.

        7. I love all kinds of stew. I have never cooked with mutton…but do love lamb. This is the perfect comfort food for the cold weather we are having right now.

        8. This stew sounds so savory and wonderful! I love the idea to serve it with a squeeze of lemon! Such a simple, small flavor addition like that can make a huge difference!

        9. I love stews and soups! I especially love mutton! Your soup looks so delicious and warming. Not to mention comforting!! I look forward to making your delicious mutton stew!

        10. Your Spicy Mutton Stew looks amazing Aish! I wish I had a source of mutton, but I may try it with lamb as it’s readily available! I miss Sunday dinners… before we moved to Texas, we had Sunday dinner with our adult sons nearly every week. Great memories! BTW, your photos are beautiful!

        11. Hearty and delicious stew, like it very much!!

        12. That sounds delicious! I’m going to have to see if I can find mutton in my new home – if not, surely they have lamb…

        13. I don’t think I can get mutton where I am, but I’m going to try this with lamb!

        14. Amanda Mason says:

          This looks amazing and so different than anything I’ve ever attempted to make before!! I’m going to have to give this a go…those spices, those are some of my favorite spices ever!! So excited to try this!!

        15. Dats a lovely and homely recipe…and I love my mutton cooking exactly the same way only Ghee wid garam masala is da only extra edition….sure will try next time👍👌

        16. 5 stars
          No mutton in sight where I live, but it works just fine with lamb. I really enjoyed the flavors, especially garam masala, which I blend myself. The potatoes were my favorite thong about this dish. They really took on the spices.

        17. 5 stars
          Wow! This looks so very good. I love trying new mutton curry recipes out – so def bookmarking the recipe. Love that it is loaded with potatoes:)

        18. 5 stars
          Never heard of mutton curry before, but after reading this I’m going to prepare it this weekend. I’ll bet this will be so good.

        19. 5 stars
          I’m in love with this curry dish. Tender meat- and packed with delicious flavor-. I will make again. This is a great site.

        20. What a wonderful, flavorful dish! Can’t wait to give it a try!

        21. 5 stars
          we really enjoyed this cozy and spicy soup. it was perfect with rice