Railway mutton curry recipe – How to make railway’s first class lamb curry

Railway mutton curry recipe with step by step images. It is an easy-to-make Railway mutton curry recipe aka Indian railway’s first class lamb curry recipe. Which I cooked in a pressure cooker. A simply delectable less spicy lamb or goat meat curry how cooked in the old Indian Railway’s canteen. Even It is quite close to a fiery Bengali mutton curry (containing potatoes). Though prepared with coconut milk & tamarind pulp to dilute the fieriness of the gravy. Seems a combined recipe of Bengal & Kerala style mutton curry. Just like potatoes are taken from Bengal cuisine. Whereas tamarind pulp and coconut milk generate a taste similar to traditional Kerala mutton curry.

Originally railway mutton curry was served with a dinner roll. However, my Bengali tummy considers piping hot rice (রেলওয়ে মটন কারি সাথে গরম ভাত) is best accompanied by this dish. 

Railway mutton curry served with rice

About railway mutton curry recipe

Railway mutton curry recipe is originally created by the BritishIndian Railway‘s Frontier mail‘s (Golden temple mail) pantry car chef. It is mainly prepared for Frontier mail’s first-class coaches’ British and Anglo-Indian passengers, by seeing their tastes & non-spicy food habits. Served with the dinner roll.

In the authentic version of this first class lamb curry, coconut milk (নারকেলের দুধ) and tamarind (তেঁতুল) pulp are two must used ingredients. However, for making this railway mutton curry recipe, I choose curd (unflavoured sugar free yoghurt) and tomato to compensate with tamarind pulp (তেঁতুলের কাদ বা তেঁতুল গোলা জল). Even in this curry, compared to cumin powder, a little more coriander powder is used to soothe the stomach. In this curry, whole spices such as cloves, cinnamon, cardamom & bay leaves play an important role to create the exact flavour.

If you are a Bengali, then this mutton curry recipe surely drives you to fall in love with it. Besides, if you love a less spicy mutton preparation with coconut milk gravy. Then surely go for this dish. Try it at home, I Hope, my step-by-step recipe description must guide you till the end.

Try my other Mutton curry recipes

Mutton kosha

Kochi Pathar mangshor jhol

Mutton masala

Golbari mutton curry

Railway mutton curry recipe – How to make Railway’s first class lamb curry

Recipe by Moumita PaulCourse: Lunch/DinnerCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

5

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

35

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

40

minutes

Railway mutton curry is a simply delectable less spicy lamb /goat meat curry cooked in the old Indian Railway’s canteen. It is quite close to a fiery Bengali mutton curry (containing potatoes) cooked with coconut milk & curd (or tamarind pulp) to dilute the fieriness of the gravy. Originally served with dinner roll, but you can have it with white rice too.

Ingredients

  • ○ 500 g Mutton (Lamb/Goat meat) curry cut pieces

  • ○ 3 medium-sized Potatoes

  • ○ 6-7 tbsp Coconut Milk/নারকেলের দুধ

  • ○ 2+1/2 tbsp Curd /Tamarind pulp

  • ○ 2 Medium Onion

  • 1 medium Tomato

  • ○ 3/4 tsp (1/2 inch) Ginger paste

  • ○ 1+1/2 tsp (12 pcs) Garlic paste

  • ○ 3/4 tsp Cumin (jeera) powder

  • 1+1/2 tsp Coriander (dhania) Powder

  • ○ 1 tsp Red chilli powder

  • ○ 3/4 tsp Turmeric powder

  • ○ 75 ml Mustard oil/White vegetable oil

  • ○ 1 tsp Salt (as per taste)

  • Whole spices (garam masala) for tempering
  • ○ 1 pc Bay leaf

  • ○ 4-5 pcs Cloves

  • ○ 2-3 pcs Green Cardamom

  • 1-inch Cinnamon Stick

  • ○ 8-10 pcs Whole Black pepper

  • ○ 1 pc Whole Black Cardamom

  • ○ 4 pcs Red Chillies (Whole)

Instruction

  • Heat a pressure cooker, add 75 ml oil (mustard oil/any other vegetable oil), and heat it till release smokes.
  • Fry the whole spices (1 bay leaf, 4-5 cloves, 2-3 green cardamom, 1-inch cinnamon, 8-10 black pepper, 4 whole red chillies) until the aroma comes.
  • Add 2 medium-sized finely sliced onions, fry until soft & capture a light golden brown texture. 
  • Then add masala paste (which contains 1 medium-sized tomato, 3/4 inch ginger & 10-12 garlic cloves), and sauté for 1 min.
  • Afterwards, add 3/4 tsp cumin powder, 1+1/2 tsp coriander powder, 3/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp salt & 1 tsp red chilli powder. Give it a good stir & mix it well.
  • Fry the spices until the raw smell goes off & leaves oil.
  • Add little water (around 1/3 cup= 5-6 tbsp) mixed with masala left in the grinder (moshla dhoa’r jol in Bengali). Mix it well.
  • Let the water boil until the gravy gets thick & quite dry off.
  • Add mutton (cleaned & washed) & 3 medium-sized potatoes/aloo (peeled & cut into halves), stir it & mix it well with the masala gravy.
  • Roast the meat well in masala until separates oil, add 2 cups (500 ml) water, and mix well, and once the gravy starts boiling close the pressure cooker lid.
  • Pressure cook the meat on high flame until one whistle blows, then cook for 10 mins on low flame.
  • Remove the lid while the cooker automatically cools down by releasing its steam.
  • Then add 2+1/2 tbsp well-beaten curd/yoghurt (টক দই) or tamarind pulp, mix it well, check the softness of the meat, and again turn on the gas.
  • Once the gravy starts boiling, add 6-7 tbsp (≈1/2 cup) coconut milk (নারকেলে’র দুধ), and mix well. Check the salt, add if required. Boil the gravy until tastes good. 
  • Railway mutton curry aka railway lamb curry is ready, turn off the heat. Serve it with piping hot rice.

Notes

  • For making a quick curry, you can use unmatured lamb or goat meat. That meat easily gets cooked without a pressure cooker.
  • You may add chilli powder to your taste.

How to make railway mutton curry reciperailway’s first class lamb curry

Instruction with step-by-step detailed images

Cooking Method

  • Heat a pressure cooker, add 75 ml oil (mustard oil/any other vegetable oil), and heat it till release smokes.
  • Fry the whole spices (bay leaf, cloves, green cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, whole red chillies). Fry them until the aroma comes.
Frying whole spices in hot oil
  • Add 2 medium-sized finely sliced onions, fry until soft & capture a light golden brown texture. 
Frying onion
  • Then add masala paste (which contains 1 medium-sized tomato, 1/2 inch or 3/4 tsp ginger & 12 pcs or 1+1/2 tsp garlic cloves), and sauté for 1 min.
Adding masala paste
  • Afterwards, add 3/4 tsp cumin powder, 1+1/2 tsp coriander powder, 3/4 tsp turmeric powder, and 1 tsp salt.
  • Then add 1 tsp chilli powder and give it a good stir & mix it well.
Adding dry masala
  • Fry the spices until the raw smell goes off & leaves oil.
  • Add little water (around 1/3 cup= 5-6 tbsp) mixed with masala left in the grinder (moshla dhoa’r jol/মশলা ধোয়ার জল in Bengali). Mix it well.
Adding left over masala water
  • Let the water boil until the gravy gets thick & quite dry off.
Thick masala gravy
  • Then add mutton (cleaned & washed) & 3 medium-sized potatoes/aloo (peeled & cut into halves), stir it & mix it well with the masala gravy.
Roasting mutton & potato in masala gravy
  • Roast the meat well in masala until separates oil. Then add 2 cups (500 ml) of water, and mix well, and once the gravy starts boiling, close the pressure cooker lid.
Boiling mutton gravy
  • Pressure cook the meat on high flame until one whistle blows, then cook for 10 mins on low flame.
  • Remove the lid while the cooker automatically cools down by releasing its steam.
  • Then add 2+1/2 tbsp well-beaten curd (tok doi)/tamarind pulp, and mix it well. Check the softness of the meat, and again turn on the gas.
curd is going in mutton curry
  • Once the gravy starts boiling, add 6-7 tbsp coconut milk (narkeler dudh), and mix well.
  • Check the salt, add if required (as per taste).
  • Boil the gravy until tastes good. 
creamy coconut milk going in railway mutton curry
  • Railway mutton curry aka railway lamb curry is ready, turn off the heat. Simply serve it with piping hot rice.
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