Allahabadi Mutton Korma  Recipe

Allahabadi Mutton Korma Recipe

50 mins
2-3 people
15 mins



Growing up, some of the fondest memories I have are centered around the aromatic flavors wafting from my mother's kitchen. One such memory etched in my mind is the first time I watched my dear mother craft her signature Allahabadi Mutton Korma. The tantalizing aroma, the vibrant colors, and the burst of flavors were more than just a meal; they were a testament to her culinary prowess and love. It's not just a recipe; it's a journey down memory lane, where each bite tells a story of warmth, love, and tradition.


As I embark on the journey of sharing this cherished recipe, I can't help but reminisce about the moments spent eagerly waiting for the korma to simmer to perfection. It's not just about the ingredients; it's about the love and care infused into every step of the cooking process. Join me as I unravel the secrets behind this beloved dish that holds a special place in my heart.




Recipe of Allahabadi Mutton Korma




For Masala:

  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 5 cloves
  • ½ tsp black peppercorn
  • 2 green cardamom
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Poppy seeds paste:
    • 1 tbsp poppy seeds, soaked in water
    • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

For Gravy:

  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ star anise (without seeds)
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 250 grams mutton, curry cut
  • 4 tbsp yogurt (curd)
  • 1 tsp ghee





  1. Prepare Masala:

    • Roast the coriander seeds in a hot pan until fragrant, then grind into a fine powder. Set aside.
    • Roast the cloves, black peppercorns, green cardamom, cumin seeds, black cardamom, and cinnamon stick. Grind them into a fine powder. Set aside.
    • Grind together soaked poppy seeds and ginger garlic paste to a fine paste.
  2. Prepare Gravy:

    • Heat mustard oil in a thick-bottomed pan and sauté sliced onions until light brown.
    • Add cumin seeds, cloves, black cardamoms, black peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, green cardamoms, bay leaves, and star anise. Continue cooking until the onions turn golden brown.
    • Mix in the poppy seed paste, extra ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, and red chili powder. Cook until the mixture thickens, and oil starts to separate.
    • Add mutton curry cut, salt, and water. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes over low flame.
    • Reduce the flame, add yogurt to the pan, and cook until oil floats on top.
    • Add water to the pan, cover, and cook slowly until the mutton becomes tender and leaves the bone.
    • In a small pan, heat ghee, add 1 tsp of prepared masala, and pour it over the prepared mutton.
    • Close the lid immediately and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Serve:

    • Enjoy the Allahabadi Mutton Korma with yakhni pulao or roomali roti.


This delicious korma is rich in flavors and perfect for special occasions or a hearty meal with loved ones.




About the Recipe:


Allahabadi Mutton Korma is a culinary gem that hails from the historic city of Allahabad, known for its rich cultural heritage and delectable cuisine. This traditional dish is a marriage of tender mutton pieces simmered in a flavorful blend of aromatic spices, creamy yogurt, and fragrant saffron-infused broth. Originating from the kitchens of Uttar Pradesh, India, this dish boasts a unique combination of Mughlai and Awadhi influences, resulting in a dish that is both indulgent and soul-satisfying.



Cooking Tips:


  1. Tempering Spices: Toast the whole spices until fragrant before grinding to release their essential oils and enhance the flavor of the dish.
  2. Balancing Flavors: Adjust the amount of salt, spices, and yogurt according to personal preference to achieve the perfect balance of flavors.
  3. Slow Cooking: Allow the korma to simmer gently over low heat to tenderize the mutton and allow the flavors to meld together harmoniously.
  4. Saffron Infusion: For a luxurious touch, steep saffron threads in warm milk before adding to the korma for a vibrant color and delicate aroma.
  5. Yogurt Tip: To prevent curdling, whisk the yogurt well before adding it to the dish and ensure that the heat is reduced to low when incorporating it into the korma.



Pairing Guide:


  • Basmati Rice: Serve Allahabadi Mutton Korma with fragrant basmati rice for a classic pairing that complements the rich flavors of the dish.
  • Naan or Roti: Enjoy the korma with freshly baked naan or roti to soak up the luscious gravy and elevate your dining experience.
  • Raita: Balance the richness of the korma with a refreshing side of cucumber raita or mint yogurt sauce.
  • Salad: Accompany the meal with a crisp green salad tossed in a tangy dressing for a burst of freshness.




Frequently Asked Questions about Allahabadi Mutton Korma:


  1. What is Allahabadi Mutton Korma?

    • Allahabadi Mutton Korma is a traditional Indian dish originating from the city of Allahabad, featuring tender mutton cooked in a rich and aromatic gravy.
  2. What makes Allahabadi Mutton Korma unique?

    • The dish is known for its unique blend of spices, including saffron, yogurt, and a variety of aromatic whole spices, resulting in a creamy and flavorful gravy.
  3. Is Allahabadi Mutton Korma spicy?

    • The level of spiciness can be adjusted according to personal preference by varying the amount of chili used in the recipe.
  4. Can I use chicken instead of mutton in this recipe?

    • Yes, you can substitute chicken for mutton to create a lighter version of the dish. Adjust the cooking time accordingly as chicken cooks faster than mutton.
  5. How long does it take to cook Allahabadi Mutton Korma?

    • The cooking time can vary depending on the tenderness of the mutton, but on average, it takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to cook the korma to perfection.
  6. Can I prepare Allahabadi Mutton Korma in advance?

    • Yes, the flavors of the korma develop even further when allowed to sit overnight, making it an ideal dish for preparing in advance for special occasions.
  7. What is the best way to reheat leftover Allahabadi Mutton Korma?

    • Reheat the korma gently on the stovetop over low heat or in the microwave, adding a splash of water if needed to prevent it from drying out.
  8. What side dishes pair well with Allahabadi Mutton Korma?

    • Basmati rice, naan bread, roti, cucumber raita, and a crisp green salad are all excellent accompaniments to complement the flavors of the korma.
  9. Can I freeze Allahabadi Mutton Korma?

    • Yes, you can freeze leftover korma in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
  10. What occasions are suitable for serving Allahabadi Mutton Korma?

    • Allahabadi Mutton Korma is perfect for festive occasions, family gatherings, or any time you want to treat yourself to a sumptuous and indulgent meal.