What makes this curry special is the 'bhuna' part. This consists of pan-frying the meat with spices. The meat cooks in its own juices, which is what gives the deep flavour. It is a bit time consuming, but the end result is delicious.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the green cardamom pods, black cardamom pods, bay leaves, and cinnamon stick in the hot oil until aromatic. Stir the onions, garlic, and ginger into the mixture. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking until the onions are golden brown; season with the red chili powder, turmeric, cumin, and salt. Add the tomatoes and continue cooking until the oil separates from the gravy, about 5 minutes more.

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  • Place the lamb chops into the mixture in the skillet and increase heat to medium-low. Cook and stir until the lamb is cooked about halfway through and the sauce has created a glaze on the outside of the meat, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle the water over the mixture. Cover and cook until the lamb is tender, 15 to 20 minutes more. Remove the cover and add the green chile peppers and cilantro leaves. Increase the heat to high and cook another 3 to 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

453 calories; protein 25.6g; carbohydrates 20.5g; fat 30.4g; cholesterol 89.7mg; sodium 90.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2012
Nice recipe for desi style bhuna gosht. I have tried and came out good. Thanks a lot! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/31/2012
I followed this recipe to the letter and it was just merely okay. First of all it did not taste like the bhuna I'm used to having. Second with all the onions the recipe calls for it took incredibly long for it to turn golden brown. Around 45-50 minutes and that was after I turned the stove up. If I cooked it on low I would have been there all night. Third it took more than 40 minutes for the lamb to get soft even though I cut it into small pieces than chops. It was not ready in 1 hr 5 minutes. Not even close. After all that the taste was merely okay nothing special. It definitely was not worth the time and effort and I would not make this again. I'll try Madhur Jaffrey's bhuna next time. Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2012
Nice recipe for desi style bhuna gosht. I have tried and came out good. Thanks a lot! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2010
Looks like a great recipe- very close to what I remember tasting in India! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/30/2012
I followed this recipe to the letter and it was just merely okay. First of all it did not taste like the bhuna I'm used to having. Second with all the onions the recipe calls for it took incredibly long for it to turn golden brown. Around 45-50 minutes and that was after I turned the stove up. If I cooked it on low I would have been there all night. Third it took more than 40 minutes for the lamb to get soft even though I cut it into small pieces than chops. It was not ready in 1 hr 5 minutes. Not even close. After all that the taste was merely okay nothing special. It definitely was not worth the time and effort and I would not make this again. I'll try Madhur Jaffrey's bhuna next time. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2015
Cooking time is 2 and half hours for mutton to cook properly. But tastes good Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/09/2017
Delicious 6 onions is way too many you only need one I want to try with double tomatoes to see if I get more of a gravy when I use just two I don't have much sauce Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2015
Came out really nice. Didn't have all the ingredients used 4 tomatoes 2 onions and didn't have cilantro.. The meat was a little tough next time i'll pressure cook the meat and grill before hand. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2015
Have tried this dish first time loved it the whole family loved it. I have made it in pressure cooker and it took me barely half hour it was great. Read More
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