World’s Greatest Durban Mutton Curry Recipe

Nobody makes a Durban curry like a Durban local... until now!

The creative hands and spicy souls of Durban's very own Capsicum Restaurant (located in Britannia Hotel) agreed to share their scrumptious Durban Mutton Curry Recipe with us.  Keen to know more about the restaurant? Take a peek below the recipe for our interview with Capsicum Restaurant's Food Manager, Rebecca Moodley.


Ingredients - Durban Mutton Curry Recipe


  • 500g mutton(bite size pieces)
  • 100ml oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leave
  • 2 tsp ginger & garlic paste
  • 2tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 4 tbl masala
  • 6 even sized potatoes
  • 3 sprig fresh coriander (chopped dhania)
  • 1 medium tomato
  • Use water if desired

Instructions - Durban Mutton Curry Recipe


1. Heat oil and then add onion, turmeric & spices to fry for a few seconds (allow onion to soften)

2. Add masala, ginger & garlic allow to cook for a few seconds (do not burn masala)

3. Add tomato (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 potatoes

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


Interview with Durban Mutton Curry Kings -

Capsicum Restaurant


1. How long has the restaurant been open for?

Capsicum Restaurant has been around for 33 years. It was called Britannia for the first 30 though.

2. What kind of cuisine can a diner expect to see on the menu?

You can expect to see everything from traditional Durban style Indian cuisine to exotic grills of prawns and seafood platters.

3. If Gordon Ramsey had to visit the Capsicum restaurant kitchen he would say?

This kitchen is bloody f****** clean and amazing to work in.

4. If you had to describe Capsicum Restaurant in three words, what would they be?

Taste - ambience - service

5. What is the most expensive thing on the Capsicum Restaurant menu and why?

That would be the seafood platter priced at R195.

6. Why is Durban the best home for Capsicum Restaurant?

Our menu caters for a diverse culture that loves great food.

7. If you could treat three famous people to a dining experience in Capsicum Restaurant. Who would they be?

We'd love to have Nelson Mandela, Amithav Gosh and Eric Clapton over for a bite.

8. What makes Capsicum Restaurant a must-visit spot in Durban?

Our superb Durban styled Indian cuisine of course!


Make a reservation at Capsicum Restaurant?


Call: 031 303 2266
Email: info@hotelbrits.co.za

Dalene Ingham-Brown

Dalene Ingham-Brown Title: Blog Contributor
Affiliation: Drive South Africa Blog

Passionate about travel, social media and making lists, Dalene is on a mission to nurture her love for camping in South Africa.


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9 Responses on this page.Add your own

  1. Gravatar amrik dhillon says:

    meat cury is looking awsome…..............

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  2. Gravatar Dalene Ingham-Brown says:

    @Amrik - totally agree. Mutton curry FTW!

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  3. Gravatar Greg Meyer says:

    I think im going to make some this weekend!

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  4. Gravatar Harryz says:

    Thanks for the given great idea to making durban mutton curry recipes i will try to make it. and also thanks to information Interview questions with Durban Mutton Curry.

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  5. Gravatar Willie Germishuizen says:

    I have been eating Indian curry ever since I was 5 years old,when curry and rice was our delight every Sunday,I pride myself as an expert on it. Nowhere in johannesburg can one enjoy a decent plate of curry and rice. Iam78 years old and still have to find the right place in JHB.

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  6. Gravatar Bianca van der Bergh says:

    Hi Willie
    Here’s a list of some of the best curry restaurants in Johannesburg : http://www.food24.com/Restaurants-and-Bars/Johannesburg/The-best-curries-in-Joburg-20120801 We really hope this helps you get closer to finding a delicious curry. We’d love to know when you find one.
    Have a lovely day.

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  7. Gravatar Samantha says:

    Hi Willie,

    If all else fails, my sisters place (Midrand) is your next best option. She is the queen of mutton curry (And she’s a born and bred Durban girl).

    Reply to this comment
  8. Gravatar Nkagele says:

    when do i add the meat and potatoes?

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Nkagele

      You add the meat with the tomatoes and add the potatoes after adding the curry leaves and salt. Hope this helps.

      Best Regards,

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