Golbarir Kosha Mangsho-the classic bengali mutton gravy recipe (Most viewed recipe)

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Golbarir mangsho…

Sounds mouthful isn’t it?

If you have been to Kolkata and haven’t tried that yet, be grieved.

If you live here and haven’t tried it.Wake yourself up & rush to Shyambazar  ASAP to feed your soul.

Here is a sneak peak of how the tiny old and most loved eatery looks like & also the loved kosha mangsho(which in bengali means saute’ed meat. Any meat really, but here it’s mutton)

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Golbarir kosha mangsho – No it’s not for the faint hearts! (Google image)

This place is so humble- it’s small and kinda dingy but it’s older than I am & it serves you meaty goodness. It’s heaven for meat lovers. The gravy they serve there is mostly had with plain rice or roti & is dark in colour. Why you ask?

It’s cooked in a thick iron wok since years. It’s all words of mouth that we hear about how secretive and selective their chefs are about their meat or how they marinade overnight. You will damn well find a hoard of other recipes online claiming it’s authentic Golbarir Kosha mangsho recipe but I hardly think so! They guard it with their lungs & heart! This is just an attempt and after a few trials I am happy with how it tastes. Almost like the gem itself! You can always decide for yourself.

golbarir kosha mangsho recipe

Golbarir Kosha Mangsho (Saute’ed mutton dish) -The Bengali classic


This dish is ideally made in an iron wok/kadai but it’s fine if you don’t own one 🙂

Golbarir Kosha Mangsho - Classic Bengali mutton recipe

  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients you will need :

  • Mutton- 1 kg (medium sized pieces with bone)
  • Onion- 2 medium sized (grated)
  • Cumin powder- 1  Tablespoon

  • green chilies- 4-5
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ginger paste- 1 tbsp
  • Garlic paste- 1 tsp
  • Sugar- 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder- ¼ tsp
  • Mustard oil- 1/4 cup (half a cup is enough..choose your mutton with some fat..adds to the flavor)



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To marinade :

  • Raw papaya- ¼ cup (grated) (This is crucial because the enzymes in the papaya will make the meat softer and tender)
  • Kashmiri chilli powder- ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon
  • Sugar ½ teaspoon
  • Thick yogurt/curd- ¾ cup

Tempering :

  • Whole dry red chili- 3
  • Black peppercorn- 6
  • Black cardamom- 2
  • Green cardamom- 4
  • Cloves-3
  • Cinnamon- 2-3 medium size pieces

Method :

  • Marinade the mutton pieces with all the ingredients mentioned ‘For marinating the Mutton’. Keep aside for 5 hours.(you can keep it in fridge overnight. The longer the better!)
  • Heat oil in a deep frying Kadai (or any deep pan). Add all the items under “ Tempering’.
  • Now the onions till it’s light brown in coulour. Add ginger-garlic paste, mix and sauté for few seconds. Next to add Cumin powder, mix and fry for few seconds again.
  • Now add marinated mutton into this. Add yogurt, salt and green chilies.
  • Mix and cook on medium flame for 15-20 minutes uncovered. Keep stirring.
  • Add one cup of hot water into the mutton. Mix well, cover and cook on low flame until cooked thoroughly. It took me about 40-45 minutes on low flame. Keep checking every 15-20 minutes to make sure you don’t over-cook your meat. It depends on a lot of factors – the meat quality, amount, etc.
  • When the mutton pieces are fully cooked check salt, add sugar and garam masala powder, mix well and remove from heat.

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Note : the dish authentically served in the age-old desi restaurant at Shyambazar is oily and thick. It’s mostly not for the faint hearted ones. If you like you can lessen the amount of oil or use less fat meat. Serve with paratha/luchi/any flat bread or Rice dish.

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44 thoughts on “Golbarir Kosha Mangsho-the classic bengali mutton gravy recipe (Most viewed recipe)

  1. Moon says:

    Loved the presentation and this version of the traditionally favourite dish. Will be trying it out tomorrow for lunch. Have one question. You have mentioned adding yogurt while cooking as well (other than the marination part). What would be the quantity of it when we add during cooking. 3/4th of a cup will go per kg during marination. Also, does cooking time remain same if amount of mutton is 2 Kg and also the proportion of other ingredients just double right? Thanks for sharing!


  2. Mira Leggett says:

    Tried your Golbarir Kosha Mangsho . Very tasty!
    Fairly easy to make, once you put all the pieces óf the recipe together. Know Calcutta and Shayambazar. Thank you for a great recipe! “Dhonnobad.”


  3. Mollika Doss says:

    Thanks a ton for the recipe. Will definitely try it out asap. Chef Debashish Kundu had
    Shown how to cook this dish on tv. He gave two tips which I wd like to share with everyone. He had said NOT to add sugar or huldi – turmeric powder or tomatoes to the
    Dish, coz they gv mutton reddish colour.


  4. Mollika Doss says:

    Hv tried out a different recipe of golbarir
    Mangsho. It was shown by Chef Debashish Kundu on tv. He gave a tip which I wd like to share with everyone. He said not to add
    Any turmeric powder at all. He said that turmeric powder gives mutton the reddish colour, so NOT to add it at all.
    I intend to try out this recipe also asap.
    Thanks a ton for sharing this recipe with us
    Will definitely let you know how it turned out along with the pics .


  5. TG says:

    Hi Roy,

    I’ve made Kosha Mangsho many times using recipes from Bengali friends. Will definitely be trying yours too! I absolutely love the dish 😀

    Just need a quick clarification. Do you grind the seeds of the raw papaya as well in the mixer?



  6. piya says:

    ohh!!!!! i have just tried it on 25th December…..just finger licking….an unending journey of taste, delicacy and happiness……. thanks a lot for the perfect recipe……..

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  7. Ramya says:

    Stumbled upon your blog from a facebook group. Wow! The process is explained very well. I will try for sure but we in Andhra don’t prefer sugar in curries. I have to think about that.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe ☺

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    • Roy - Piece of Cerebrum says:

      Thank you for dropping by. The sugar not only enhances the flavour but it also gives it a nice colour by caramelizing.
      You can try jaggery (which tends to burn faster) or leave it out completely.
      If you are used to sugar-less gravies, it wont matter so much. 🙂


    • Roy - Piece of Cerebrum says:

      It’s there, right below the ads. You must have missed it.
      Do recheck.
      In case you still can’t find.

      Here it is :
      To marinade :

      Raw papaya- ¼ cup (grated) (This is crucial because the enzymes in the papaya will make the meat softer and tender)
      Kashmiri chilli powder- ½ tsp
      Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
      Salt – ½ teaspoon
      Sugar ½ teaspoon
      Thick yogurt/curd- ¾ cup


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