Dal Gosht -Mutton in lentil curry

  • Yield : 1.5 kg
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 60m
  • Ready In : 1:15 h

Dal Gosht (mutton in lentil curry), also called Chane ki dal ka Gosht or Dalcha, is an excellent curry-lentil combination on your dining menu. There are various methods of cooking this dish, this is the version that I have perfected after several tries.

A few things to keep in mind while cooking are :

  • Add enough water, the chana dal tends to stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. If it does, it will spoil your dish
  • Use ghee (clarified butter) instead of oil for giving your dish a wonderful flavour.
  • Give enough time for mutton to cook, this can be upto 35-40 mins under pressure depending on the type of mutton you have. If you are using chicken, it will cook much faster.


  • Bengal gram lentil split (Chana daal) 250 gms
  • Mutton 1 k.g
  • Oil / Ghee 8-10 Tbsp
  • Onions 4
  • Garlic Paste 1 Tbsp
  • Ginger grated 1 Tbsp
  • Ginger Julianne 1 Tsp
  • Tomatoes 3 finely chopped
  • Tomato puree 2 Tbsp
  • Red Chilli 1 tsp (more if you want it spicy)
  • Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder 1.5 Tbsp
  • Garam Masala powder 1.5 Tsp
  • Bay leaves 2-3
  • Cinnamon bark 1" pc.
  • Black Cardamom 1
  • Coriander chopped
  • Mint leaves chopped
  • Green Chillies 4 finely chopped
  • Cumin seeds 1/4 Tsp
  • Asafoetida 1/4 Tsp (optional)
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Soak the Chana Dal for at-least 1 hour. Chop 2 onions, fry and crush them.

Step 2

Heat 2-3 Tbsp ghee in the pressure pan, add cinnamon, black cardamom and bay leaves and mutton pieces. Fry the mutton till all the water dries off and the mutton starts to brown. Remove and keep aside.

Step 3

Add ginger and garlic pastes, half of chopped green chillies, coriander powder, turmeric, red chilli powder and 1 Tsp garam masala powder to the pan with meat and fry till the oil floats up. Sprinkle water and fry for about 10 minutes and add the fried onion paste.

Step 4

when the oil starts to separate add the chopped tomatoes. Fry till tomatoes soften and mix well. Keep frying till the oil separates again.

Step 5

When the oil starts to separate, add the fried mutton, tomato puree and salt (to taste) and fry for a few more minutes..

Step 6

Add the soaked chana dal, add some water (about 3 cups) and close the lid of the pressure pan. Let it cook for about 30 minutes in the pressure pan on medium/low heat. The mutton should get cooked completely by now.

Step 7

Let the pressure pan cool down a bit before you open it. Add 1 tsp garam masala, chopped mint leaves and chopped coriander leaves.

Step 8

Heat some ghee in a kadhai and add to it some asafoetida, cumin seeds, chopped garlic, ginger juliennes and onion. Fry it till the onions are caramelized and pour it over the cooked Mutton-Dal and cover it for a few minutes.

Step 9

Serve with Steamed rice and Roti / Parathas with salads on the side.


Split bengal gram dal is made from Chickpea. There are three main kinds of chickpea.
Desi has small, darker seeds and a rough coat. It is grown mostly in India and other parts of the Indian subcontinent, as well as in Ethiopia, Mexico, and Iran. Desi means ‘country’ or ‘local’ in Hindustani; its other names include Bengal gram or kala chana (“black chickpea” in both Hindi and Urdu) or chhola boot. Desi is probably the earliest variety because it closely resembles seeds found both on archaeological sites and the wild plant ancestor Cicer reticulatum of domesticated chickpeas, which only grows in southeast Turkey, where it is believed to have originated. Desi chickpeas have a markedly higher fiber content than other varieties, and hence a very low glycemic index, which may make them suitable for people with blood sugar problems. The desi type is used to make chana dal, which is a split chickpea with the skin removed.
Source :Wikipedia

Dal Gosht, Mutton with lentils curry

Dal Gosht, Mutton with lentils curry

Recipe Comments

Comments (10)

  1. posted by anitha on March 10, 2018

    Tried it. it was delicious. thank u

    • posted by Swati Sani on March 12, 2018

      Happy that you liked it. Thank you.

  2. posted by Mollika Doss on November 29, 2017

    Sounds delicious ! Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely try it out ASAP.

    • posted by Swati Sani on December 4, 2017

      Thank you. Do let me know how you like it.

  3. posted by mGm on September 21, 2017

    Hi Swati, when do you add the cumin seeds? It doesn’t say this in the recipe. Thanks

    • posted by Swati Sani on September 21, 2017

      In step 8. It is used for tempering.

  4. posted by Nazareth on July 9, 2017

    Recipe is not clear point No. 2 and point no. 5
    Both above points u say add the meat. When it’s added in no 2 how can it b added again as per no. 5

    • posted by Swati Sani on July 9, 2017

      Point #2 – you have to brown the mutton and after it gets brown, remove it and keep it aside.

      Point #5 – you have to keep this browned mutton back in the masala.

      I hope I am clear now. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂

  5. posted by Kanupriya & Devesh on April 5, 2015

    Tried it today i.e. 5/4/15, came out really good. Thank you for the recipe. Keep up the great work and Keep’em coming.

    Disclaimer – Though she is my sister. I have not been paid any kickback (a.k.a dalcha) to write this review. (Pun intended)

    • posted by Swati Sani on April 6, 2015

      You have to come home to get to eat what I make na? Well, till you don’t keep making them. Love to both of you <3


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