Bhuna Gosht
Bhuna Gosht
5 from 31 votes
Step into the delicious world of Indian cuisine with Bhuna Gosht, a lamb curry that captures the authentic flavours of Indian spices. This recipe brings a delightful dining experience right to your kitchen, offering a memorable culinary journey brimming with rich and aromatic spices.
Bhuna Gosht

Originating from the Indian subcontinent, Bhuna Gosht is a classic dish renowned for its rich flavors and aromatic spices.

Traditionally prepared with tender lamb cooked slowly to perfection, this dish is a favorite in many households for special occasions or simply to indulge in a hearty meal.

The name “Bhuna” refers to the cooking method where the meat is sautéed and simmered with spices until it’s tender and infused with layers of flavor.

Despite its complex taste, this recipe is surprisingly easy to make, making it suitable for both beginners and seasoned cooks alike.

With a blend of spices like cloves, peppercorns, cumin seeds, and the warmth of ginger and garlic, every bite of Bhuna Gosht is a burst of deliciousness.

The slow cooking process allows the meat to absorb the essence of the spices, resulting in a dish that is tender, succulent, and utterly satisfying.

Expert Tip: To enhance the authenticity of the dish, use whole spices and grind them fresh for the best flavor. This adds a depth of aroma and complexity that is unmatched by pre-ground spices.


Lamb: Lamb brings a rich and meaty flavor to Bhuna Gosht. Its tender texture makes it perfect for slow cooking, allowing the spices to penetrate deeply, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth experience.

Oil: Used for sautéing the spices and onions, oil adds a smooth richness to the dish while helping to evenly distribute the flavors throughout the meat.

Onions: Finely diced onions lend a sweet and savory flavor base to the dish. As they cook down, they release their natural sugars, adding depth and complexity to the overall taste.

Ginger Paste and Garlic Paste: These aromatic ingredients provide a pungent and zesty flavor to the dish. They complement the richness of the lamb and enhance the overall savory profile of Bhuna Gosht.

Cloves, Peppercorn, Cumin Seeds: These whole spices contribute to the distinct aroma and flavor of the dish. Sautéing them in oil releases their essential oils, infusing the meat with a warm and earthy essence.

Salt & Spices: A harmonious blend of spices, including turmeric for color, Kashmiri chilli for mild heat, and black pepper for a subtle kick, adds layers of complexity to the dish, tantalizing the taste buds with every bite.

Yoghurt: Yoghurt not only tenderizes the meat but also adds a creamy richness to the sauce. It helps balance the spices and brings a refreshing contrast to the bold flavors of Bhuna Gosht.

Garam Masala: A fragrant spice blend, garam masala adds the final touch to the dish, imparting a warm and aromatic flavor that ties everything together beautifully.

Bullet Chillies: These small, fiery peppers pack a punch of heat, adding a spicy kick to the dish. Adjust the quantity according to your preference for spice level.

Coriander: Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped, add a burst of freshness and vibrant color to the dish. They serve as a garnish, enhancing the visual appeal and adding a hint of herbal aroma to each serving of Bhuna Gosht.

Expert Tip: Be patient when cooking Bhuna Gosht and allow the meat to brown properly before adding the spices. This step is crucial for developing rich flavors and caramelization.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve Bhuna Gosht hot with fluffy basmati rice for a classic and satisfying meal. The aromatic rice pairs perfectly with the rich and flavorful gravy, creating a harmonious combination that will leave your taste buds singing.
  • For a more indulgent experience, pair Bhuna Gosht with freshly baked naan bread. The soft and pillowy texture of naan is ideal for soaking up the savory gravy, allowing you to enjoy every last bit of the delicious flavors.
  • Add a side of cooling raita or cucumber salad to balance out the richness of the dish. The refreshing contrast of the yogurt-based raita or the crispness of the cucumber salad complements the bold flavors of Bhuna Gosht, creating a well-rounded and satisfying meal.
  • Garnish the dish with additional fresh coriander leaves and a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra burst of freshness and brightness. The vibrant colors and citrusy aroma will elevate the presentation of the dish and add a delightful finishing touch to your meal.

Expert Tip: For the best results, marinate the lamb in yoghurt and spices for a few hours or overnight before cooking. This helps to tenderize the meat and allows the flavors to penetrate deeply.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bhuna Gosht?

Bhuna Gosht is a traditional Indian dish made with tender lamb cooked slowly with a blend of aromatic spices until it’s rich, flavorful, and tender. The name “Bhuna” refers to the cooking method where the meat is sautéed and simmered with spices until it’s deeply caramelized and infused with layers of flavor.

Is Bhuna Gosht spicy?

The level of spiciness in Bhuna Gosht can be adjusted according to personal preference. While it typically contains spices like Kashmiri chilli powder and black pepper for flavor, the heat level can be customized by adjusting the quantity of chillies or by removing the seeds from the green chillies.

Can I use a different meat for Bhuna Gosht?

While lamb is traditionally used for Bhuna Gosht, you can also use other meats such as beef or goat. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on the type of meat used, so adjust accordingly to ensure that the meat is cooked to tender perfection.

How long does it take to cook Bhuna Gosht?

The cooking time for Bhuna Gosht can vary depending on factors such as the size of the meat pieces and the cooking temperature. Typically, Bhuna Gosht is cooked slowly over medium heat for around 45 minutes to 1 hour, allowing the meat to become tender and the flavors to develop fully.

Can I make Bhuna Gosht in advance?

Yes, Bhuna Gosht can be made in advance and reheated before serving. In fact, many believe that the flavors of Bhuna Gosht deepen and improve with time, making it an excellent dish to prepare ahead of time for parties or gatherings. Simply store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat gently before serving.

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Bhuna Gosht

Bhuna Gosht

by Nabeela Kauser
Step into the delicious world of Indian cuisine with Bhuna Gosht, a lamb curry that captures the authentic flavours of Indian spices. This recipe brings a delightful dining experience right to your kitchen.
5 from 31 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 656 kcal


  • 1 kg Lamb
  • 100 ml Oil
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 7-8 Cloves
  • 1 tsp Peppercorn
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 100 g Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 Bullet Chillies
  • 500 ml Water
  • Coriander


  • In a pan add the oil and heat up on medium heat until hot
  • Add the cloves, whole black peppercorns, cumin seeds and sauté on high heat for 1-2 minutes until fragrant
  • Add the finely diced onions then cook for 4-5 minutes on medium heat until softened and lightly browned
  • Add the lamb and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat until the lamb has slightly browned and released some water
  • Add the ginger paste, garlic paste then cook for a further 2-3 minutes
  • Add the salt, Kashmiri chilli powder, black pepper, turmeric powder then cook the spices for 4-5 minutes ensuring that you stir every now and then so the spices do not stick to the pan or burn
  • Add the water and mix into the lamb masala – push the lamb below the water to ensure the lamb cooks through
  • Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for 45 minutes – do not keep checking or lifting the lid as this will release the heat and steam that has built up which will increase the cooking time
  • Add the yoghurt and cook for a further 4-5 minutes
  • Add the garam masala, finely chopped chillies and cook for 1-2 minutes – if you would like to reduce the heat you can remove the seeds from the green chillies
  • Garnish with the finely chopped coriander then serve immediately with a side of fresh naan and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 656kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 29gFat: 56gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 511mgPotassium: 573mgFibre: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 320IUVitamin C: 35mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 81mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Cooking, Curry, Food, Gosht, Lamb, Meat, Mutton, Recipe, Spicy
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Nabeela Kauser

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Thank you so much for trying out my bhuna gosht recipe! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it and found it easy to make. Your kind feedback has made my day, and I hope you continue to explore new dishes and flavours in your cooking adventures. Happy cooking! 😊

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