Spicy Mutton Curry (Kosha Mangsho)

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I was chopping veggies for lunch when suddenly my husband goes, “It’s been a while since you prepared “kosho bosho”. “What??” I almost yelled in shock. It did make sense to me in couple of seconds, but just for fun I kept my game face on. The poor guy scratched his head, tried his best to recollect and named out a few other options. Oh boy, it was just hilarious! I couldn’t control any longer and rolled on floor laughing loudly. For a six-foot tall guy, he can be really cute at times. Well, I can’t really deny the fact that it’s easy to remember spicy mutton curry than kosha mangsho. That’s what we call the dish in Bengali.


Next day, I told Ma the story and got a scolding instead. “How will he learn Bengali if you always laugh at him?” That’s her constant complain. She still has hopes that my non-Bengali husband will someday speak her language effortlessly and then she can finally stop communicating with him in her broken Hindi. Well, that perhaps will never happen, but I can settle with the fact that he not only enjoys the food that I grew up eating but also asks for more. And Ma truly appreciates that a lot.


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I have been crazy for kosha mangsho for as long as I can remember. It always reminds me of lazy Sundays back at home. We would wake up listening to Rabindra Sangeet playing in the living room and Dad cleaning the meat that he just purchased from his favorite butcher while Ma would be humming along the song as she cooked our lunch. There was no rush, no daily madness and that’s the best part of Sunday. Slowing down before the chaos starts again.

In my family, Sunday lunch always includes meat. If it’s chicken, Dad will put on his chef hat and if it’s mutton, no one can prepare it better than Ma.


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This spicy mutton curry is a hot favorite among Bengalis. You have to slow cook it, allowing the meat to release its juice, become tender and develop flavor as it mixes with the spices. It’s labor of love meant for special occasions, a Sunday family get together or occasionally just because Dad came across some good quality mutton on the way home from work. Although Bengalis like to eat rice for every meal, when it comes to this thick velvety mutton curry, they prefer to switch rice with luchis/poorisLuchis/Pooris are deep fried mini flat breads made with whole wheat and it wholly compliments this curry.


Spicy Goat Curry (Kosha Mangsho)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 4

Spicy Goat Curry (Kosha Mangsho)


  • 1 lb goat/mutton meat (bone and boneless mixed)
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 1 tomato, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 2 green chilies, slit in half
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 to 4 green cardamoms, smashed
  • 3 to 4 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • salt
  • oil (preferably mustard oil)


  • In a wok or deep pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add bay leaves, smashed cardamom pods, whole cloves and let it sizzle for a few seconds. Drop ginger, garlic and onion in the wok/pan and season with salt. Give it a mix and allow the onion to turn light golden in color.
  • Now add tomato, turmeric powder, cumin powder, chili powder, coriander powder, sugar and give it a mix. Allow it to cook for a couple of minutes. Finally add mutton, sprinkle salt, give it a stir and let it simmer in medium low heat until oil starts releasing from the side and mutton is cooked through. Stir occasionally in between and add little water if it gets too dry or starts sticking at the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the mutton is cooked, add ghee, green chilies and garam masala powder. Give it a mix and allow it to cook for a few more minutes.
  • Sprinkle some chopped fresh cilantro and squeeze a little lemon juice just before serving.


  • Mustard oil is typically used for preparing this curry because it gives a robust flavor.
  • The ghee that’s added at the end enhances the rich aroma. This is how my mom prepares it but you can always choose to omit ghee at the end and use vegetable oil to prepare the dish.
  • Just like any other meat curry, this curry also tastes much better the next day.


After gobbling on kosha mangsho with several luchis, a good afternoon nap should always be part of the plan. And before we snoozed off, I asked Arvind “so, what’s the dish called?”. He said “kosho mosho….mansho” with a huge smile. Oh well, he is trying.

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Sonia says:

kosho mosho….mansho LOL! funny story behind this dish. I am pakka vegetarian your pic from Pinterest brought me here. Glad I did. Found a nice writing and story 🙂

Sonia says:

I mean to put ‘but’ after pakka vegetarian.

Joyti says:

LOL @ the story about your husband. Very cute 🙂

The photos are gorgeous, as always!

Good Morning! I am not even awake and here I am reading your ‘kosho bosho’!!! Couldn’t wait to see how your Kasha Mangsho looks like – oh god really can’t have enough of this and I like the adjective you have used ‘velvety mutton curry’. And on top of that, you have also paired it with Luchi and ‘dupur belar ghum’… choosing between the devil or the deep sea!

Also, reminds me of the adda we had for the Luchi post of mine – our tweetadda had been elaborately mentioned… http://ishitaunblogged.com/2013/02/18/luchi-featured-in-ahlan-gourmet-my-ode-to-phulko-luchi/

Medha says:

Love this post! What a beautiful story:) Gorgeous pictures as always!

“kosho bosho”… hahahaaa!!! and I can even imagine your mum reactions.. with quite a few bong friends.. I all know about bong moms and their love for ‘jamai shoshti’!!! but this looks really good.. bookmarking it for next weekend with some parathas!!!

Reem says:

Ok I have to say A’s name for this dish is really cute… Kosho B9sjo…
Its 3 am in the night… I am here unable to sleep n boom I see this n now Not only I cannot sleep but I am damn hungry tooooo… lol
Beautiful Babe… love the pics.

Reem says:

Kosho Bosho* … I am Sooo Fed up with these phones… Grrrrr

Even the name of mutton curry sounds musical in Bengali! Love the repetition of ‘O’ sounds. Curry looks absolutely yum!

Pia says:

Kosho bosho 😀 that’s what you should call it! I love the name!
And I love your description of your Sundays back home – sounded so familiar. Just like the mangsho. It’s one of the traditions I’ve brought over to my life here. Sunday’s kosha mangsho.

Prerna says:

This is how we cook mutton curry. But the bong name sounds so much better. You had me craving some right now 🙂

“Kosho bosho” and “mansho”…LOL! I love kosha Mangsho but never tried ghee on it. Gotta try it next time. Thanks for the tips.

I love anything spicy and curry! We have our own version of this here in the Philippines called Goat Caldereta.

Aww, such a sweet story. He sure loves the curry.
The curry looks absolutely good. We make something very similar to this but it sounds so exotic here.
Have a great Thanksgiving.

I bet the highlight is more on Kosho bosho here than the actual name of the dish 🙂 hihi… I love all these Begali dishes, just like our Kerala dishes, they are so unique and different in its own way. And your sundays sounded like my Fridays (I grew up in the gulf where Thursday-Friday was equal to Sat-Sun) 🙂 Where did weekends like that go now. I feel my sundays now are more crowded than my weekdays.. *sigh*

nipponnin says:

Ha ha ha! Your husband sounds so cute! I’m repeating myself many times but I really love your photo style. Great recipe.

Medha says:

I just want to drop a line and let you know that I made your Murg Dhansak yesterday for dinner! It came out so delicious and full of flavour – I even pass the recipe to my mother-in-law, who is really fond of chicken. We had again for lunch today! Great recipe!

Kosha Mangsho looks absolutely scrumptious and my family being a meat lover is going to lap up this curry.

dixya says:

i love goat curries and always looking for new variation.

jehanne says:

I must try this, as I hardly have any good mutton curry up my sleeve! Love the story-that’s just like my non-Malyasian hubby trying to speak Malay!

it looks fantastic! Love the goat curries

Meeta says:

Mutton is not always top of my list but I do adore lamb … however the blend in this curry sounds great. I doubt my husband remembers half of the name of the Indian dishes I make up. A lot of guesswork goes into it on my part LOL!

Oh my Mom expects the same out of my husband that he will learn sourashtra some day. In the last (almost) 6 years he hasn’t learned anything but handful of words with a heavy slang. But it does sound cute when he tries to speak. Btw, did I tell you that you have got me craving for this mutton curry now.

Vishnu. B says:

This is one of the best things i have gone through in the near future. the way you presented this story is superb.. thank you for such a nice recipe… Also thank u for sharing such a nice moment of your life with your readers..