Railway Mutton Curry was a dish developed during the British Raj by the Indian Railways cooks. Marinated overnight and then Cooked in mustard oil, I simmer my version for 6 hours in a slow cooker making the flavours intense and delightful without being overly spicy.
Old dishes with a bit of history always fascinate me, especially the ones connected with Railways in someway. Whether it is the station walle aloo or Ambur Biryani or this Railway Mutton Curry. There is a charm about these recipes that one cannot ignore.
I had first eaten this Railway Mutton Curry years ago at a friend’s house and I have been making a version of it since then. It was quick, easy and so delicious. The traditional recipe is made in the pressure cooker (at least that is what my friend used to make). But I like my mutton slow cooked and simmered, with flavours getting intense and the meat falling off the bone.
But slow cooking mutton on the gas stove is time-consuming, needs constant attention and stirring. And I often wondered how to achieve the same flavours without the effort. Yes, I have said it before on an everyday basis, I am a quick and lazy cook. So enter, slow cooker and voila we have a beautiful solution.
I now, make the masala and do all the sauteing on the stove top and then move the curry to the slow cooker. Forget it for about 6 hours and the result is a most beautiful and delicious mutton curry. It is perfect to be eaten with roti, paranthas, bread or steamed rice. But my favourite way to eat it is with ghee rice along with some onions on the side and a generous squeeze of lemon. It makes for the perfect comfort meal.
I don’t have a slow cooker, what to do
If you don’t have a slow cooker worry not. You can still make this curry! One of the simplest ways would be to put it in the pressure cooker. Keep it on full heat till one whistle and then cook it for another 12-15 minutes.
If you have some time on hand, another way to do it is to cook on the stove top on low heat. It will take about 3-4 hours for your mutton to cook. I know it is a lot of effort but god, it is every bit worth it.