Goat Curry or Mutton Masala in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. Tender meat cooked in an onion tomato gravy with aromatic whole spices. Enjoy this goat curry with naan or rice.

Goat Curry or Mutton Masala in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. Tender meat cooked in an onion tomato gravy with aromatic whole spices
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Goat meat is not as popular all over the world, but in India, it is the most popular red meat. If you are not able to find goat meat easily, you can substitute lamb in this recipe. I usually get goat meat at the nearby halal store to make Aloo Gosht, Mutton Pulao, Rogan Josh, Mutton Biryani, or this easy mutton curry.

Goat meat is healthier than many other types of meat. It is lower in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fat and higher in protein and iron than lamb and beef. 

I personally like the taste of goat meat (mutton) better than chicken or lamb. It is much more flavorful and juicy from my perspective. I also like to use minced goat meat to make mutton keema and keema biryani.

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I make this goat curry in north Indian style. It is the most basic and simple mutton curry recipe. No marination is required. However, you can marinate if you like. Add all the ground spices, ginger, garlic, and 1/4 cup yogurt, and marinate the meat for 1-2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

Goat Curry or Mutton Masala in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. Tender meat cooked in an onion tomato gravy with aromatic whole spices

Some people like to add potatoes to this curry to make it thicker, which is great. The same setting would work with cubed potatoes; just add about 1/4 cup of water before pressure cooking. I skip potatoes to make this curry low-carb.

Another thing to note is that I don’t add any water when making this curry. Goat meat releases a lot of water, so additional water is not required. It will come to pressure and cook perfectly. If you use another type of meat, add 1/4 cup of water.

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4.88 from 82 votes

Instant Pot Goat Curry / Mutton Masala Recipe

A simple North Indian style goat curry. Enjoy the tender and moist meat in a flavorful gravy with the aroma of whole spices. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb Mutton, bone-in, 1-2 inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoon Ghee or Oil
  • 1 Green Chili Pepper, (optional)
  • 1 Onion, large, about 11oz, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ginger , minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic , minced
  • 1 Tomato , medium, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Cilantro, to garnish



  • Heat the instant pot in SAUTE mode and add oil to it. Add the whole spices and sauté for 30 seconds so they release the aroma.
  • Add the chopped green chili, onions, ginger and garlic to the pot and sauté for 4 minutes until they turn golden. Keep stirring at regular intervals.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and spices. Mix and Sauté for another 2 minutes. 
  • Add the goat and mix it well with the gravy. Saute for about 5 minutes. Stir and scrape off anything stuck to the bottom of the pot. If needed, add 1/4 cup water to deglaze the pot. Press Cancel and close the lid. 
  • Change the instant pot setting to MEAT mode at high pressure for 30 minutes with venting in sealing position.
  • When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally. Stir in the lemon juice.
  • Garnish with cilantro and mutton curry is ready to serve.



Whole Spices: If you don’t like whole spices in your curry, add them to a spice pouch and add them, so you can remove the pouch after the curry is ready. 
Spice level: This is a mildly spiced curry. Adjust cayenne/red chili powder to taste to make the curry mild or more spicy.
Water: I did not add any water when making this curry, as the meat releases a lot of water. However if you see the curry looks very dry before pressure cooking, add 1/4 cup of water.
Marinate: This is the simplest mutton curry. If you like, you can marinate the mutton before adding it to this curry. Marinate with the ground spices, ginger, garlic and 1/4 cup of yogurt. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or overnight.   
Note: I have increased the cooking time for this curry to 30 minutes, as sometimes goat meat can take longer to cook.


Serving: 214gCalories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 8.34gProtein: 24.65gFat: 13.5gSaturated Fat: 2.092gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 680mgPotassium: 652mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3.17gVitamin A: 1450IUVitamin C: 40.4mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 4.1mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North Indian
Diet: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low Carb, Paleo
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  1. Hello 🙂 Excellent recipe. I am wondering, what are the ground spices you marinate the goat with?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Jessie – I usually don’t marinate goat in this recipe. However you can use all the ground spices mentioned in the ingredients under “Spices” in the recipe card to marinate the goat and then add it while making the curry. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Tr2ird this mutton gravy..in absolute love with it..had postponed cooking mutton for years now thinking it would be hard to get the right consistency in pressure cooker.. After seeing this recipe decided to try it in instant pot and am amazed to know how easy it is to make this dish.. This is going to be one of my frequent dishes henceforth.. Thanks much..

    1. Hey Dalreen – Glad to hear you enjoyed the mutton curry and will be making it more often. It is definitely my favorite!

  3. Hi does anyone else’s have an ip that doesn’t allow for increasing total cook time for more than 6 min on the pressure setting and 4 min on meat/stew setting?

    1. Hey Aine – I have been able to increase the time always. Try resetting the instant pot or contact instant pot support. I have heard they are very responsive.

  4. I plan to make this dish, however I don’t have instant pot. I got normal pressure cooker. can you please tell me how many whistles and on what flame should I cook the mutton?

    Thank You 🙂

  5. This was amazing. Perfect spices. So easy. I prepared things the night before. Then when I came home from work we had this wonderful dish to cook. Organic goat from the farmers market. Yummmm! Thank you. I look forward to trying your other instant pot recipes.

    1. Hey Patti – Yay! So glad to hear you enjoyed the goat curry. Organic goat from the farmers market sounds great. Thank you for sharing back your review and I would love to hear if you try any other dishes.