Namkeen Gosht
Namkeen Gosht
5 from 11 votes
A typical and well-known dish from Pakistan's Peshawar is namkeen gosht. To make this namkeen gosht recipe, only a few ingredients are required.
Namkeen Gosht

Welcome to the aromatic world of Namkeen Gosht! Originating from the rich culinary heritage of South Asia, Namkeen Gosht is a savory delight that tantalizes the taste buds with its tender lamb infused with a medley of spices and flavors.

This dish boasts a balance of robustness and subtlety, making it a favorite among meat lovers. Crafting Namkeen Gosht is a journey that unfolds layers of tradition and taste.

While it may seem daunting at first, fear not, for I am here to guide you through each step with simplicity and clarity.

Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or a seasoned cook looking to expand your repertoire, this recipe promises a rewarding culinary experience.

This dish’s history is steeped in tradition, with roots tracing back generations, where it was prepared with care and shared amongst families as a symbol of warmth and hospitality.

Today, Namkeen Gosht continues to hold a special place on dining tables, offering a comforting embrace and a burst of flavor with every bite.

Expert Tip: Experiment with different spice blends and aromatics to customize the flavor profile of Namkeen Gosht according to your taste preferences.


Oil: The oil serves as the cooking medium for this recipe, providing a rich base for sautéing the aromatics and cooking the lamb to tender perfection.

Lamb: Lamb contributes succulence and depth of flavor to Namkeen Gosht. Its tender texture absorbs the spices and seasonings, resulting in a delectable meaty dish.

Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes add a tangy sweetness to the dish, complementing the savory flavors of the lamb and spices. They also contribute moisture and help create a flavorful sauce.

Garlic Paste: Garlic paste infuses the dish with its pungent aroma and sharp flavor, enhancing the overall taste profile of Namkeen Gosht.

Ginger Paste: Ginger paste adds a subtle heat and earthy undertones to the dish, balancing the richness of the lamb and spices with its zesty freshness.

Green Chillies: Green chillies lend a spicy kick to Namkeen Gosht, elevating its flavor profile and adding a hint of heat to each bite.

Salt: Salt is essential for seasoning the dish, enhancing the natural flavors of the ingredients and ensuring a well-balanced taste.

Black Pepper: Black pepper adds warmth and depth to Namkeen Gosht, imparting a subtle spicy note that complements the other spices in the recipe.

Expert Tip: To enhance the richness of the dish, use ghee (clarified butter) instead of oil for sautéing the ginger and garlic paste. Ghee adds a nutty aroma and depth of flavor to the dish.

Serving Suggestions

  • Homemade Naan Bread: Serve Namkeen Gosht with freshly baked homemade naan bread for a classic combination that is sure to delight your taste buds. The soft and pillowy texture of the naan provides the perfect vessel for sopping up the flavorful sauce of the dish.
  • Steamed Rice: For a comforting meal, serve Namkeen Gosht with steamed basmati rice. The fluffy grains of rice complement the rich and savory flavors of the dish, creating a satisfying and wholesome meal.
  • Cucumber Raita: Cool down the heat of Namkeen Gosht with a refreshing side of cucumber raita. Made with yogurt, cucumber, and a blend of spices, this creamy condiment adds a refreshing contrast to the spicy flavors of the dish.
  • Pickled Onions: Add a tangy crunch to your meal with a side of pickled onions. The sharp acidity of the pickled onions cuts through the richness of the lamb, providing a refreshing and palate-cleansing accompaniment.
  • Fresh Salad: Serve Namkeen Gosht with a crisp and refreshing salad for a light and nutritious meal. A simple salad of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions dressed with lemon juice and olive oil complements the flavors of the dish while adding a burst of freshness to your plate.

Expert Tip: Marinate the lamb in yogurt and spices for a few hours or overnight before cooking. This helps to tenderize the meat and infuse it with additional flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other types of meat instead of lamb for this recipe?

Yes, you can substitute lamb with other meats such as goat or beef if you prefer. However, keep in mind that different types of meat may require varying cooking times and adjustments to the seasoning.

How spicy is Namkeen Gosht?

The level of spiciness in Namkeen Gosht can be adjusted according to your personal preference. If you prefer a milder dish, you can reduce the amount of green chillies used or remove the seeds to lessen the heat. Conversely, if you enjoy a spicier kick, you can add extra green chillies or incorporate a dash of red chilli powder.

Can I make Namkeen Gosht ahead of time?

Yes, Namkeen Gosht can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Simply reheat the dish on the stove or in the microwave before serving. The flavors often deepen and develop further when reheated, making it even more delicious the next day.

Can I freeze Namkeen Gosht?

Yes, Namkeen Gosht can be frozen for longer-term storage. Allow the dish to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, thaw the dish overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat it on the stove or in the microwave until warmed through.

What can I do if my Namkeen Gosht turns out too dry?

If your Namkeen Gosht turns out too dry, you can add a little bit of water or broth to the dish while reheating it. Alternatively, you can serve it with a side of yogurt-based sauce or chutney to add moisture and flavor to the dish.

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Namkeen Gosht

Namkeen Gosht

by Nabeela Kauser
Make this Peshawari namkeen gosht recipe with only a handful of ingredients giving a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth feel.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 951 kcal


  • 100 ml Oil
  • 1 kg Lamb
  • 6 Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 4 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 500 ml Water


  • In a large pan add the oil and heat up on medium heat until hot.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the ginger and garlic paste and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the lamb/mutton and then cook for 10 minutes on high heat until the mutton changes colour (See Note 1).
  • Add the water then cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for 40-45 minutes until the mutton is 80% cooked and the majority of the water has dried up.
  • Halve the tomatoes and add face down into the pan then cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes (See Note 2).
  • Use tongs to remove the skin of the tomatoes.
  • Once you have removed the skin, gently mash the tomatoes.
  • Add the green chillies, salt, and black pepper then cook for 15 minutes.
  • When the oil has separated then your curry is ready.
  • Serve immediately with a side of homemade naan bread and enjoy!



Note 1 – The more you brown the meat, the more flavour you will get.
Note 2 – Make sure to mix every 5-10 minutes, so the curry doesn’t stick to the pan
Note 3 – Remove the stalk, it will be easier to peel off the skin. You can leave the skin on but it tastes much better without it.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 951kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 43gFat: 82gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 891mgPotassium: 795mgFibre: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 772IUVitamin C: 19mgVitamin D: 0.3µgCalcium: 62mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Cooking, Curry, Eid, Food, Gosht, Lamb, Meat, Recipe
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