Spicy Durban Mutton Curry Recipe

Durban curry is a traditional South African Indian dish. It is hot and spicy and filled with delicious seasoning from the first bite to the last. This comfort food hits the proverbial spot after a long and stressful day.

It is also wonderful on a cold winter’s night.  It is a long-standing popular and notion that the best curry recipes in the world have originated from the city of Durban, which sits in the South African province of Kwazulu, Natal.

In Durban resides a large Indian population and their curry is outstanding. Durban curry is one such delicacy. Known to be hot and spicy, this curry dish does not disappoint and will warm the cockles of any heart plus scorch a few taste buds.

Durban curry is different from other curry recipes because of its heat range. It incorporates the heat and spice of curry masala that takes this dish to a whole new level of taste and experience.

This curry is also unusual because it adds a sweet element that is perfectly offset by the spicy heat. Cinnamon is added for this sweet treat. Durban curry also uses tomatoes which is a different ingredient than most curries. The result gives it a beautiful red colour.

Durban curry also requires curry. There are many Durban curry recipes out there but they must include these ingredients. Nearly any meat may be added but we prefer mutton for this dish. Mutton provides a great compliment by adding a wild and gamey flavour that blends in with the sweet and spicy heat to perfection.

Durban curry is easy to make and does not take a lot of time. When cooking this special recipe any pan can be used, though a Durban curry is usually made in a heavy pan.

The heat of this dish can be reduced by not adding the specified amount of the spices. Add a little at a time and taste test along the way to make the heat index comfortable for the family and friends that you are serving. This curry dish is perfect for any night of the week.



  • 500 grams of bite-sized pieces of mutton
  • 4 potatoes cut in fourths
  • 1 large onion, chopped fine
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, thumb-size
  • 5 teaspoons masala/chilli
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic and ginger paste
  • 3 curry leaves
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste


  1. Take your mutton out of the refrigerator. Run it under water to clean it then allow it to drain and get room temperature.
  2. Pour a small amount of oil into a large pan and heat it over medium heat on the stove.
  3. Add in the cinnamon sticks and curry leaves and sauté until they begin to sizzle.
  4. Add in the onion and sauté until it softens and turns translucent.
  5. Mix in the turmeric powder, and the ground ginger and garlic paste and allow to cook for a minute.
  6. Masala and cumin powder need to be added next. Stir all ingredients together.
  7. If your mixture is sticking to the pan, simply add a little more oil then stir. The ingredients should resemble a paste.
  8. Add the mutton. Stir to coat all the pieces.
  9. Salt to taste.
  10. Add in one cup of water. This should be enough to cover the mutton but no more. Be careful not to make it too watery.
  11. Add the chopped tomato and the potatoes then stir.
  12. Allow the meat to simmer until the mutton and potatoes are cooked and soft.
  13. Serve hot and enjoy!

Spicy Durban Curry is delicious when served with rice and sambals. Serve it with a garden salad and a bottle of red wine, tea, or any other beverage that you prefer.

This Spicy Durban Curry is a soul inspiring meal and is perfect with simple side dishes- nothing too spicy as the curry provides enough of that. Instead, serve it with bland companions and a lovely dessert.

Your family will love this curry. It is a dish to relish and experience when we are wanting to make a culinary change away from our everyday norm. Give your family a taste of South Africa and India with this one dish that deliciously incorporates the taste sensations of both countries in each and every bit.