Railway Mutton Curry

The Railway Mutton Curry is a throwback to the days of the British Raj to as early as the early 1900s when travelling by train was considered aristocratic. It was served on long distance trains with bread or dinner rolls. This curry is not too spicy keeping in mind the delicate palates of the British!


  • 750 gm mutton cut into medium sized pieces
  • 3/4 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 2 large onions sliced finely
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes chopped
  • 1” piece of cinnamon
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 3 red chillies broken to pieces
  • 1.5 tsp chilli powder
  • 3/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1.5 tsp coriander powder
  • 1.5 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1.5 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk
  • 3 boiled potatoes cut into half lengthwise


  1. Pressure cook the meat in a little water with salt and turmeric powder till 80% done
  2. Strain the meat and keep aside
  3. Heat mustard oil till smoking
  4. Fry onions, red chillies, whole spices, peppercorns and fry till golden brown
  5. Add tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, salt, chilli, cumin, coriander powders and fry for a few minutes till pulpy. Splash water while frying if required.
  6. Add the parboiled meat and broth and mix well
  7. Cook first on medium heat and then on low heat till the gravy reduces
  8. Add vinegar, coconut milk and boiled potatoes and cook till gravy is slightly thick.

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