The Best Durban Mutton Curry Recipe Ever!!

Durban  is infamous for it’s curry and aromatic spices. Over the past decade the cuisine of the city has changed to include many other amazing cultures and tastes. Sushi, mexican, argentinian,  fusion foods, Thai, gourmet food, food trucks and so much more.

The Best Curry Recipe Ever!

The Best Curry Recipe Ever!

However, locals and visitors alike still love the good old fashioned spicy, aromatic Durban curry. So we decided to find the BEST recipe for a Durban Mutton Curry!!
We have been speaking to chefs, restaurant owners, Indian mothers and scouring the internet for the best Durban Mutton Curry recipe and here are a few secrets and handy tips that we picked up that you don’t usually find in a recipe book:
– The biggest secret to an awesome Durban Curry is that it takes time. Don’t rush it. Let the onions and spices cook and soften up on low heat.
– Get the best spices. Preferably the ones that are mixed by a spice shop to your heat preference. Mild, medium, hot and very hot (Please note that Very Hot is for the hardcore!!)
– Use a large flat pan with a lid so that the curry has enough space to cook.
– Buy  good quality meat. Some only use the meat of the back leg. Lamb or mutton can be used. Lamb does cook quicker but Mutton has a more distinctive flavour.
– Potatoes are the key to a great curry. Get the UTD (or up to date ones). If you can’t get those then the softest cooking one will do.
– Most importantly, try and eat a curry with your fingers if you can. (It does taste better!)
We hope that you try and enjoy this recipe for a Durban Mutton Recipe.


Ingredients – Durban Mutton Curry Recipe

• 500g mutton(cut into bite size pieces)
• 100ml oil
• 2 cloves
• 1 bay leaf
• 3 small cinnamon sticks
• 1tsp fennel seeds
• 1 large onion chopped
• 1 tbsp tomato paste
• 1 sprig curry leave
• 2 tsp ginger & garlic paste
• 2tsp salt
• ¼ tsp turmeric
• 4 tbl masala
• 1 tsp garam masala
• 1/4 tsp ground elachi
• 6 medium sized soft cooking potatoes cut into 4 pieces
• 3 sprigs fresh coriander (chopped dhania)
• 1 grated medium tomato
• Use water if desired

You can make your own bunny chow too!

You can make your own bunny chow with the curry too!

Instructions – Durban Mutton Curry Recipe

1. Use a large, flat pot so that there is enough space for the curry to cook.
2. Heat oil and then add onion, elachi, turmeric & spices to fry for a few seconds (allow onion to soften – cook on low to medium heat and let the onions brown gently)
2. Add masala, ginger & garlic allow to cook for a few seconds (do not burn masala)
3. Add tomato and tomato paste (when almost cooked stir in meat and allow to sauté)
4. Turn down heat and cover saucepan
5. Cook until meat begins to fry up
6. Add the curry leaves and salt
7. Add the water (if necessary) and add soft cooking potatoes when the meat is a bit soft
8. Bring to a boil, then turn down to moderate heat
9. Cook until meat is tender & potatoes are soft
10. Simmer until ready to serve
11. Garnish with dhania
This basic recipe can be used for a chicken curry as well. You could also cook this curry in a potjie pot. And if you want, you can scoop the inside of an unsliced quarter loaf of fresh white bread, and you will have the best Bunny Chow in Durban. Enjoy!!!

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