Mutton Kofta Curry with Chickpeas

Mutton Kofta Curry with Chickpeas, Indian, lamb, spicy, easy,

When was the last time you ate mutton? Chances are you’ve never eaten it as its popularity waned when Britain started importing lamb from New Zealand many decades ago. Local Food Britain is trying to get mutton back on our menus again. The meat is darker than lamb with a more intense, almost gamey flavour and has a firm (not tough) texture. Renaissance mutton comes from sheep that are over 2 years old, from traceable farms, have been finished on a forage based diet and have been hung for at least 2 weeks post slaughter.

I have to admit that I had never cooked mutton before so when Local Food Britain asked me to develop a recipe for them I was quite excited by the challenge. My mind immediately went to curry as that is a favourite dish in our house and one that I associate with mutton. I came up with Mutton Kofta Curry with Chickpeas and I have to say it was a huge hit in our house. My mother happened to pop by while I was developing the recipe and she tried some and loved it too! You might associate mutton with long slow cooking but when using mince you can make the same types of recipes you’d use minced lamb in.

You won’t find mutton in any supermarkets (lets hope that changes) but you can buy it from butchers, farm shops and on-line butchers, it’s cheaper than lamb and best of all its British. I do urge you to try this curry as it’s packed full of flavour but not so hot your children won’t eat it as the coconut milk and chickpeas give it a milder edge! To find the recipe pop over to Local Food Britain – you won’t be disappointed!

Mutton Kofta Curry with Chickpeas, Indian, lamb, spicy, easy,

NB: Recipe, food styling and photography commissioned by Local Food Britain.

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  1. Marencia

    Hi where is the recipe?

    1. Camilla

      Hi Marencia, the link is at the end of the post where it says to head over to Local Food Britain:-)

  2. Amy Fidler

    Never tried Mutton before,but this does look delicious x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Amy, this curry is fabulous:-)

  3. Leila Benhamida

    Mutton with chickpeas is super delicious, remind me of my mum recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Leila, this really is delicious as you say:-)

  4. Paul Wilson

    Chickpeas work well in curries.

    1. Camilla

      Yes I love the, even in pasta dishes too:-)

  5. Maya Russell

    This is a recipe that I want to make! Looks so delicious. I always thought mutton was goat as well as sheep but maybe I’m wrong.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Maya:-) I’ve only ever associated it with sheep and on reading up on it no goats were mentioned:-)

  6. Paul Wilson

    Tasty and healthy – a winning combination in my book.

  7. Lindsey Stuart

    This sounds and looks delicious thankyou for sharing yet another lovely recipe with us 🙂

  8. Angela Campbell

    Just popped over to check out the recipe – I can see it becoming a family favourite in my household, my eldest has trouble with whole pieces of meat so koftas are perfect for him. I’ll admit I used to be intimidated about cooking curries and used to buy jar sauces (I know!), but recently took the plunge and invested in buying a good selection of spices and I cant believe how foolish I’ve been for years – I now actually find cooking curries fun – it’s almost alchemy mixing and tasting to get the right flavour combinations! I’m really looking forward to trying your recipe out – thanks in advance! x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Angela, I’m really pleased with this authentic curry, do let me know how you get on:-)

  9. krati agarwal

    The colours look gorgeous, definitely will give it a try.

    1. Camilla

      Fab, do let me know what you think:-)

  10. Fish Fingers for Tea

    Fab photos Camilla! And not an easy subject either. I can’t remember the last time I ate mutton, though I do remember my grandmother cooking it so it would have been when I was small. It’s something I really must investigate.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sian:-) I have some more in the freezer so shall be experimenting some more;-)

  11. Emma (at Supper in the Suburbs)

    Mmmmm mutton, yum! I’ve only had it a few times but love it. It’s a shame supermarkets don’t often stock it or I think more people would eat it.

    Also wonderful pictures as ever – have you been polishing those bowls? 😉

    1. Camilla

      Thank Emma, yes it’s daft that supermarkets don’t sell British mutton. No bowl was polished – it’s just naturally shiny LOL:-)

  12. chantelle hazelden

    this has my mouth watering!! thanks for sharing x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Chantelle:-)

  13. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Great photos Camilla.
    I have eaten a lot of mutton when we have been in the Caribbean and I really like it. I didn’t think I would, but I really enjoyed it.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Dannii! I hadn’t realised they ate mutton in the Caribbean, glad you enjoy it:-)

  14. Julie's Family Kitchen

    I love a curry and yours looks simply divine. I enjoy making a lamb dhansak which is delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten mutton but I’d happily try it out.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Julie – it really was lovely:-)

  15. Jan @GlugofOil

    Lovely recipe and great photos!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jan:-)

  16. Fuss Free Helen

    Lovely sounding recipe and I think the best photos you have ever taken Camilla – and such a tricky subject!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Helen – I was very pleased with how they came out and the curry is delicious too:-)

  17. Laura@howtocookgoodfood

    Great shots here Camilla, love your style and new camera must be so inspiring to use. I like mutton and goat too. I can get both at halal butchers but I do wonder if supermarkets will offer it too at some point, hope so!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Laura:-) I wonder how long the halal butchers hang their mutton for as the quality is improved with the length of hanging, I beleive 2 – 4 weeks is best.

  18. Elizabeth

    This is one seriously gorgeous looking dish! I have had mutton, but I tend to buy a whole local Shetland lamb for the freezer in the Autumn (none of this imported NZ malarkey!). I’ll have to defrost a piece and try your recipe!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Elizabeth. How lucky you are to have a local lamb to feast on from your freezer. Do let me know what you think if you get around to making this curry, we all love it:-)

  19. Sarah @tamingtwins

    Camilla, this looks AMAZING! I adore lamb curry and had never thought of trying it with mutton. The photos are wonderful too. I find curries very hard to photograph and you’ve really nailed it.

    1. Camilla

      Aaw thank you so much Sarah. I on the other hand have not been a fan of lamb curry as they have always felt quite heavy to me. That’s why I wanted to make this a bit lighter with the coconut milk, chickpeas and lemon or lime juice:-) We have had this curry twice already and I can’t wait to make it again:-)

  20. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    Oooooh. I just want to dig right in Camilla.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Bintu:-)

  21. ninjacat

    Looks amazing and a recipe Imust indeed try

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Claire, I do hope you try it:-)

  22. tiggerific1973

    This looks amazing! I will try it soon 🙂

    1. Camilla


  23. Claire @foodiequine

    Love the look and sound of that. I definitely had mutton as a child but its not something that I’ve ever cooked with. Will need to investigate where I can get some locally.

    1. Camilla

      Great Claire, I’m sure it shouldn’t be too hard where you live:-)

  24. Emily

    Beautiful photography, Camilla! Really appetising. Popping over to read the recipe now.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Emily that means a lot coming from you:-)

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