Authentic And Quick Recipe For Railway Mutton Curry

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Apr. 07, 2020

During the British Raj, this Mutton Curry originally a Bengali curry was served on the trains from Victoria Terminus (lovingly called VT by the Bombayites aka Mumbaikars) to Calcutta. Rumor has it that a British General found the curry too spicy. He asked the Chef to modify it for him. The Chef added Coconut and cream and served it to the General. He loved it so much that he requested this dish every single time and the name Railway Mutton, stuck.


Mutton 1 1/2 Pound
Lime 1/2
Coriander powder 2 Teaspoon
Cumin powder 2 Teaspoon
Chilli powder 2 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder 1 Teaspoon
Ginger and garlic paste 2 Tablespoon
Oil 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Mustard oil 1 Tablespoon
Green cardamoms 5
Black cardamoms 3
Peppercorns 15
Cinnamon 3 Inch
Kashmiri chillies 4
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Sliced onions 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Salt To Taste
Diced tomatoes 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Water 300 Milliliter
Vinegar 1 Teaspoon
Potato wedges 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Coconut milk 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Coriander 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)



1. Marinate the mutton with the lime juice, salt, coriander, cumin, chilli & turmeric powder & the ginger & garlic paste and leave to marinate for 30 mins to overnight

2. In the Instant Pot or pressure cooker, heat up the regular and mustard oil on saute mode

3. Add the whole spices and the red chillies

4. Add the cumin seeds

5. Add the onion and saute for 5 – 7 mins till golden brown

6. Add the marinated mutton and saute on both sides

7. Add salt to taste

8. Add the tomatoes and water and mix

9. Cancel saute mode and set the IP to pressure cooker mode for 15 mins

10. After 15 mins allow the steam to escape and put the IP back on saute mode

11. Add the vinegar and the potato wedges and make sure the potatoes are covered in the liquid

12. Cancel saute mode and put the IP back on pressure cooker mode for 10 minutes

13. Release the steam once done and put the IP back on saute mode

14. Allow this to boil for a few minutes to thicken up a bit, but first remove and reserve all the potatoes so they don’t over cook

15. Finally add the coconut milk, chopped coriander and add the potatoes back in


16. Serve and Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4