Dhakai Mutton Tehari (Mutton Pilaf)

It’s been long time that I haven’t post any mutton recipe. Few days back I prepared ‘Dhakai Mutton Tehari’. This is a recipe from east Bengal. It is a very easy and quick recipe. Most interesting part is this recipe can be cooked with very few ingredients. My whole family liked this recipe … I hope you are also going to like it.



  • Mutton – 1 kg
  • Aromatic Rice / Basmati Rice – 500 gms
  • Potato – 1 (Big – cut into chunks)

For Marination:

  • Mustard Oil – ¼ cup
  • Beresta or Fried Onion – ½ cup
  • Ginger Paste – 2 tsp
  • Garlic Paste – 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin Seed Paste – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala Paste – 1 tsp
  • Curd – ½ cup

Other ingredients:

  • Ghee – 4 Tbsp
  • Khoya or Milk Solid – 2 tsp
  • Peanut Paste – 2 tsp
  • Salt – To taste
  • Cinnamon – 2”
  • Clove – 4
  • Green Cardamom – 4
  • Bay Leaf – 2-3
  • Green Chilli – 5-6
  • Keora Water – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder – 1 tsp


  1. Wash and clean the mutton pieces. Now marinate the mutton with the ingredients mentioned under for marination. Cover and keep aside for atleast 1 hour.
  2. Wash the rice and soak in water for 15 minutes.
  3. Take a heavy bottomed pan and heat 2 Tbsp ghee. Now put in the marinated mutton and start cooking.
  4. Add salt and keep stirring occasionally. Cook the mutton with the lid on. If you wish you can use pressure cooker to cook the meat.
  5. When the mutton is almost done add garam masala powder, ‘khoya’ and peanut paste. Mix well and keep aside.
  6. Take another heavy bottomed pan and heat 2 Tbsp ghee.
  7. Fry the potatoes. Take out from ghee and keep aside.
  8. Temper the ghee with whole garam masala.
  9. Now add washed rice and fry till the colour of rice starts to change a little.
  10. Add cooked mutton and fried potatoes. Mix well.
  11. Next add green chilli and water to cook the rice. Adjust salt. The water and rice ration should be 1:1.
  12. Cover and cook till rice is done. Sprinkle 1 tsp keora water and rest for 5-10 minutes.
  13. Serve with raita and salad.

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