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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

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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

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  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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    1. Gravatar veron says:

      Willie- u musttry “Curry and All” in Sandton.  they are in Rivonia Road at the Shell garage.

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      1. Gravatar Sanjay says:

        Curry and All are below par. Extra chilli powder without the flavor. And the samosas this weekend were horrendous. One cannot compromise quality with shortcuts.

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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 : 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).

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  8. Gravatar Romilla says:

    What type/ brand of masala is used in this recipe .cause this can make all the difference to the curry

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Romilla

      Thank you for visiting our site. Masala is a mix of spices. The type of spices you use to make the mix is very important. The most common is garam but you get tandoori and many more. The type of masala you get or the type of masala they make for you depends on the spices used to make the masala & it also depends on the taste you are looking for.

      You can always ask the spice store for more advice.

      We hope this helps.

      Best Regards

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      1. Gravatar Sanjay says:

        Good question by Romilla. The term “masala” is used in indian cuisine without much explanation and is depended on the spice shop you happen to use. It is often best to use garam masala as the base and modify from there.

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        1. Gravatar Asanda says:

          Hi Sanjay

          Thank you for your comment. We’re sure it adds value to our Durban curry Lovers. Tell us about your experience when you try this particular recipe yourself.

          Have a nice day.

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  9. 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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  10. Gravatar Lloyd says:

    It would be nice if you could inform us avid readers of the “type” or brand of curry powder or Marsala

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Lloyd

      Any brand that suits your liking. When purchasing the spices at the spice shop, you may ask for advice on which one is the best.
      Hope this helps, good luck.


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  11. Gravatar Robin Lancaster says:

    The Britania is great ... Probably the best of the few remaining curries that retain the Durban traditional style ... I reckon this is what Willie cannot find in JHB. Most of the restaurants listed in the Food24 link offered by Bianca are the common crop of usual suspects serving popular but not proper South African/Durban curry. These restaurants focus on Northern dishes that have little to do with what is great about our own curry. Durban curry is a heritage and sadly a dying art. I live in Cape Town where the best of Durban is still made at The Maharaja. It is the only spot here that matches my high standards and regrettably for Willie and me when I visit there no JHB curry comes close. When in Durbs though, the Britania is my first port of call. On the Masala issue I recommend a good leaf masala to Lloyd. If in Cape Town Atlas Trading co. supply the best IMHO.

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Robin

      Thank you for visiting our site. If there was a like button, we’d ‘like’ your comment. :)

      Have an awesome day.

      Best Regards,

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  12. Gravatar Cheech Albanese says:

    Hi, I am a little confused as well regarding what sort of Masala is mentioned? Is it Garam Masala? Or can one just use say a Mutton Masala.

    I buy all my spices in Durban when I am there before flying back to the UK. But I have yet to get the curry tasting exactly the same as you would in Durban.

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Cheech

      Thank you for visiting our site. Masala is a mix of spices. The type of spices you use to make the mix is very important. The most common is garam but you get tandoori and many more. We suggest going to a spice shop and consult with the assistants there & ask them to mix the spices for you. They’ll be able to give you the masala mix you need. Buy a few different mixes to experiment with.

      We hope this helps. Enjoy the experience and share it with us. :)

      Best Regards

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  13. Gravatar ryan cox says:

    You do not use any chillis ? How come its so spicy ?

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Ryan

      Thank you for visiting our site. Some spices can be quite hot, some mild. It depends on the spice that you buy and use.

      Enjoy your day. :)

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    2. Gravatar Renier van Schalkwyk says:

      Hi Ryan. I’m the curry lover here at Drive South Africa. This recipe is for quite a mild curry. Your masala is a mix of spices that can contain chili if you want. Curry powder is often also a mix of ground curry and chili to give it some kick. If you are really serious about making a strong curry you’ll add curry powder, masala and chili powder. Curry is a very versatile dish so experimenting with different recipes is a great way to find out what strength you like. Your local spice shop should be able to give you some great recipe ideas.

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  14. Gravatar Nisha says:

    Best Masala Recipe - Tried & Tested .-

    1 cup roasted dhaina powder
    ½ cup + 1tbls garum masala
    100ml hurdee powder
    2 cups chilli powder

    Add 1 & ½ cup chilli powder first, if it’s not looking red then add another ½ cup.
    Depends how hot u want the masala.


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  15. Gravatar Monet Viviers-Botha says:

    We had lunch at Capsicum on Wednesday and it was incredible. Such a vibrant atmosphere and the service was great.
    The best curry in Durban for sure.

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Monet

      Thank you for visiting Drive South Africa. We are glad that you enjoyed your time at Capsicum Restaurant. :)

      Warm Regards,

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  16. Gravatar CANDACE CALDWELL says:


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  17. Gravatar Marc P says:

    I hate you all! Only kidding, I love your recipe. I am 120km from Upington in the Northern Cape and I so need a mutton curry now. My mouth is so watering. I am going to travel to town today to buy all the ingredients and try make it this weekend!
    December I will be down in Durban… I can hardly wait! Will see you then!

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  18. Gravatar Suzanne Brenner says:

    Happily after 3 visits to my native Durban from Johannesburg, my reputation was rescued at Capsicum Restaurant. My husband wanted a “real Durban curry” and only last week I decided this was the one. And it was.

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Candace, Marc & Suzzane

      This Durban Curry Recipe is winning!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comments and we are glad you love it.

      Best Regards,

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  19. Gravatar Dave Levick says:

    I arrive in Durban from Australia on Dec 14th—will be at Capsicum for lunch (Bunny Chow) on the 15th

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  20. Gravatar MARCIA Cilevitz says:

    i am an old Durbanite living Toronro..oh for the Curry…it’s not anything like Durban’s’s too harsh here..thanks for this..keep them coming…
    British Middle East Club had a great one….

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Dave and Marcia

      Take selfies and share with us on Facebook: Drive South Africa, when you get there. :)


      Warm Regards,

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  21. Gravatar Caroline Lester says:

    Hi Asanda, I live in Canada and am about to use your recipe for Durban curry.  I need to feed 8 people. Please send me the correct quantities for the ingredients.
    This is one of the things we really miss as we used to get take-always often.  Also I need to learn to make Durban samosas oh how we miss these!

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hello Caroline

      Isn’t this recipe just the best? This recipe is for a serving of about 2 people. If you will be cooking for 8 people you will need to add the ingredients 4 times. But because you don’t want to get it all wrong, especially your ‘spicing’, I’d suggest that you speak to the folks at Capsicum Restaurant, which is where we got this recipe from. The details are below:

      Phone: 031 303 2266

      We wish you all the best. Tell us how it goes.

      Happy Cooking! :)

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