Monday, February 18, 2013

Saoji(Savji) Mutton

Saoji ( Sahukar word comes from this)is basically an Indian community who were from business (like silk n weaving),frequently based in Maharashtra  Gujarat and South region.Most of them are mainly non-vegetarian and They love their hot-n-spicy curries.This dish is very very popular in Maharashtra (in Nagpur specially).

While making this curry,freshly roast n ground spice mix gives it a very distinct flavor which will fill your whole home with aroma of it..Originally its like 10-15 red chilies is used but as its too much for us so I reduced to 6 (half d-seeded) ..Feel free to use as much as you like !


1 Kg Mutton
3 Onion
10-12 Garlic
1.5" Ginger
2 Green chilies
6 Whole Dry Red Chilies
2 Black Cardamoms
5 Cloves
15 Black Pepper
3 Bay Leaves
1tbsp Cumin
1 Star aniseed
1tbsp Coriander seeds
2tbsp Coconut(shredded)
1tbsp Poppy Seeds
1/4tsp Nutmeg Powder
1 Blade Mace
1tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 Lemon Juice
5tbsp Mustard Oil
2-3 tbsp Coriander leaves


  • Marinade mutton with Turmeric,salt and lemon juice.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in pan and fry finely chopped onion till they golden brown.Drain them from oil and let it cool down to room temperature.
  • Now fry all whole spices with coconut and poppy seeds in same oil for minute,drain and let it cool down too.
  • Take fried spices and onions together in grinder and make fine paste.
  • Make paste of ginger-garlic too.
  • Heat the oil again in pan (or pressure cooker).Fry Bay leaves and ginger-garlic paste in it.
  • Mix in mutton with chopped green chilies and fry for 10 minutes on high heat.
  • Now add spice-onion paste and mix properly. Fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Now add 3 Cup water and let it come to boil.
  • Close the lid and let it cook for 30 minutes on low heat.
  • Remove from heat and let it rest for 10 minutes.Open lid and mix in chopped coriander.
  • Serve hot with Roti or simple boiled Rice.

# I d seeded the chilies,you can use whole if want even hotter curry.
## Oil seems much but important for frying mutton.So if you don't like this much just remove from top of cooked curry.


  1. Thank you for the recipe. Is this the authentic recipe from Nagpur? I heard they use Jowar powder also. I could be wrong. I will try this today. :) Thank you again.

    1. Could be possible...old n regional dish always have many versions!😊
      I got this recipe from my friend's grandmom..I ll look for using flour...
      Do try n ll me know the feedback..

  2. No This is not authentic savji receipe, Savji Recipe consist own traditional savji masala whcih having many ingredients. Also there some amount of grind daliya flower present in savji mutton

    1. Thanks ! As I already mentioned,i got this recipe from someone,so it can be possible... please share the spice mix if you know.😇

  3. I tried the recipient, it's wonderful, but this isn't the saoji taste. I can say that for sure because I'm from Nagpur, and I regularly eat saoji.