Mutton Rezala
Mutton Rezala
5 from 2 votes
Elevate your culinary game with mutton rezala—a sumptuous, aromatic, and royal dish that's bound to win you praise. This delicacy brings together exotic spices and succulent mutton for an unforgettable experience. Intrigued? Keep reading to uncover the richness of this culinary masterpiece.
Mutton Rezala

Delve into the aromatic world of Mutton Rezala, a dish brimming with rich flavors and cultural heritage. Originating from the royal kitchens of Bengal, this recipe has transcended generations, captivating palates with its exquisite taste and inviting aroma.

With its roots deeply embedded in Mughlai cuisine, Mutton Rezala boasts a perfect balance of spices and textures, making it a delightful culinary experience for any occasion.

Crafted with tender mutton pieces marinated in a medley of spices, the dish is elevated by the creamy Rezala paste, featuring a blend of cashews, yogurt, and aromatic spices.

Slow-cooked to perfection, the succulent mutton absorbs the flavors, resulting in a dish that is both comforting and indulgent. Despite its regal origins, Mutton Rezala embraces simplicity in its preparation, inviting home cooks to embark on a flavorful journey steeped in tradition.

Whether you’re seeking to impress guests or simply craving a taste of culinary history, Mutton Rezala promises to delight your senses and transport you to the vibrant streets of Bengal. Embark on this culinary adventure and savor the irresistible flavors of this timeless dish.

Expert Tip: For a thicker gravy, simmer the Mutton Rezala uncovered for the last few minutes of cooking to allow the excess moisture to evaporate.


Mutton: Tender chunks of mutton provide rich flavor and succulent texture to the dish.

Salt, Ginger Paste, Garlic Paste, Turmeric, Chili Powder: These spices form the marinade, infusing the mutton with warmth and depth of flavor.

Onion, Cashews, Yoghurt, Poppy Seeds, Desiccated Coconut: Essential components of the Rezala paste, these ingredients contribute to the creamy consistency and aromatic profile of the dish.

White Pepper, Cardamom Pods, Cloves, Cinnamon: Aromatic spices that lend complexity and depth to the Rezala paste, enhancing its flavor profile.

Oil, Bay Leaf, Green Chillies, Water, Double Cream, Coriander: Additional ingredients used in cooking and garnishing, adding layers of flavor and texture to the final dish.

Expert Tip: Adjust the spiciness of the dish by varying the quantity of green chilies according to your preference.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the delectable Mutton Rezala hot, garnished with freshly chopped coriander leaves for a vibrant touch.
  • Pair it with steamed rice or warm naan bread to soak up the rich and creamy gravy, creating a satisfying meal that tantalizes the taste buds.
  • Accompany the dish with a side of cucumber raita or mixed vegetable salad for a refreshing contrast to the bold flavors of the Mutton Rezala.

Expert Tip: For a richer flavor, toast the whole spices before grinding them for the Rezala paste.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I marinate the mutton?

Marinate the mutton for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to permeate the meat thoroughly.

Can I substitute any of the spices in the Rezala paste?

While the traditional recipe calls for specific spices, feel free to adjust the seasoning according to your preferences. Experiment with different spices to tailor the dish to your taste.

Is it necessary to use double cream in the recipe?

Double cream adds richness and creaminess to the dish, but you can substitute it with heavy cream or full-fat yogurt for a lighter version of Mutton Rezala.

How do I know when the mutton is cooked tender?

The mutton is cooked when it becomes fork-tender and easily pulls apart. Simmering it on low heat for about an hour ensures that the meat becomes tender and absorbs the flavors of the gravy.

Can I prepare Mutton Rezala in advance?

Yes, Mutton Rezala tastes even better when allowed to sit for a few hours or overnight, allowing the flavors to meld together. Simply reheat gently before serving.

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Mutton Rezala

Mutton Rezala

by Nabeela Kauser
Elevate your culinary game with mutton rezala — a sumptuous, aromatic, and royal dish that's bound to win you praise. This delicacy brings together exotic spices and succulent mutton for an unforgettable experience.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Bengali
Servings 4
Calories 249 kcal


For Marination:

  • 500 g Mutton
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder

For the Rezala Paste:

  • 1 Onion Thinly sliced
  • 10-12 Cashews
  • 1/4 cup Yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp Poppy Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Desiccated Coconut
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper
  • 4 Cardamom Pods
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1- inch Cinnamon

For Cooking:

  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 4-5 Green Chillies Slit
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Double Cream
  • Coriander


  • In a bowl, combine the mutton pieces with ginger paste, garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well, cover, and let it marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  • In a separate bowl, soak the cashew nuts in warm water for about 15 minutes. Drain the water afterwards.
  • In a grinder, make a fine paste using the soaked cashew nuts, sliced onion, yogurt, poppy seeds, desiccated coconut, white pepper, green cardamom pods, cloves, and cinnamon stick. Set aside the Rezala paste.
  • In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the bay leaf and green chilies, and sauté for a minute.
  • Add the marinated mutton pieces and cook until they turn brown on all sides.
  • Add the Rezala paste to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Pour in the water, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and let the mutton simmer for about 1 hour or until it becomes tender.
  • Once the mutton is cooked, add the fresh cream and mix well. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Garnish the Mutton Rezala with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve the delicious Mutton Rezala hot with steamed rice or naan.


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


Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 172mgPotassium: 191mgFibre: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 311IUVitamin C: 9mgVitamin D: 0.3µgCalcium: 118mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cooking, Curry, Food, Lamb, Meat, Mutton, Mutton Rezala, Recipe
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