Sample the 5 most popular mutton dishes from India. While last Eid, we took you through places you could get yourself a perfect Eid Daawat, on Bakra Eid (Eid-ul-Adha), let’s get you scrumptious mutton dishes from different parts of India. If there’s any you’ve not tried yet, we suggest you must.

1) Gushtaba


Gushtaba- Kashmiri delight

Coming from the Paradise on Earth- Kashmir, Gushtaba is a dish of meat balls made in a gravy of curd and spices. When in Rome, do as Romans do and when in Kashmir, eat Gushtaba. This amazing mutton dish is prepared in Kashmiri household on all festive occasions. It’s a favourite there. And if you’re in Kashmir this Eid, you’re in for authentic gushtaba. Cardamom, cinnamon, fennel seeds – all put in together give it a flavour you just can’t miss. You can treat yourself to this mutton preparation at restaurants like Mughal Darbar in Srinagar.

2) Hyderabadi Haleem

Hyderabadi Haleem

The very famous Hyderabadi Haleem

As the name itself suggests, Haleem comes from the city of pearls – Hyderabad. While Haleem is originally an Arabic dish, Hyderabadi Haleem is a different version of its own. It’s a stew of meat, lentils and pounded wheat. Shadab and Pista House in the Charminar area are some of the most favoured places for a perfect Hyderabadi Haleem treat this Eid.

3) Rista


The hot and spicy meatballs

Straight from the beautiful state of Kashmir this is essentially a dish of meat balls. But here liberal amount of red chillies is used along with other spices. A lot of time and effort goes into making this Kashmiri dish, but it’s all worth because it tastes really rich. If not at restaurants, Rista is something you can also find on the streets or around the Dal Lake in Srinagar. And it’s again a must in the Kashmiri Eid Daawat.

4) Nihari


From the streets of Old Delhi

While popularly made with beef, Nihari also has a mutton version and is an absolute relish for a meat lover. It is spicy stew of meat cooked overnight in a covered vessel. The vessel is usually covered with dough. The origin of Nihari is debatable but many say that this dish comes straight from the streets from Old Delhi. And if this dish is something you want to relish this Eid, Old Delhi is your place to be. Karim’s Nihari is popular among Delhites, but you’ll have to head to the place in the morning hours to have it.

5) Galouti Kebabs

Galouti Kebabs

Kebabs from the land of Nawabs

Made out of minced meat, Galouti kebabs simply melt in your mouth and as I write that I’m craving for some. Lucknow is your place to be if you are a kebab person. You’ll find the best Galouti kebabs in the ‘Land of Nawabs’. Try these kebabs at Tunde Kebabs and Dastarkhwan in Lucknow and you would want to go back every time you think of having kebabs.

These mutton dishes topped with some sumptuous biryani and some sevaiyyaan for your sweet tooth make for a grand daawat this Eid. Eid Mubarak!