Dhaba Goat Curry 

Story about the dish...

In 2008 I was travelling up to Chamba from Shimla and the driver mentioned that we should stop off at a Dhaba ( meaning road side restaurant and truck stop in the Indian subcontinent) so we did. I think it was his favourite place to eat.

The restaurant was perched precariously on a roadside with many drivers eating happily and chatting. The food was prepared by a chef who had a very basic kitchen, charcoal stoves and a couple of large saucepans. 

The curry arrived piping hot with some chapatis.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but eventually, the driver mentioned it was curried mutton. Mutton meaning goat. He was keen to see my reaction. 

It was creamy, spiced and bursting with depth of flavour. The meat was firm, but broke beautifully in the mouth. It was so delicious. The curry left me with wonderful flavours dancing in my mouth. We continued our journey through the mountains admiring the views of the Himalayas. 

This is my take on this dish I've called it 'Dhaba Goat Curry'. 

Great Taste Award 2023 - 1 * Great Taste and Taste of the West GOLD 2023

'Big chunks of meat in a glossy sauce, with a lovely authentic and appetising aroma. The meat is soft and savoury and the spicing balance and heat are well considered and work together with the seasoning which is judged to suit the dish and bring it together in a delicious mouthful. The warmth grows on the palate and leaves a pleasing mouthfeel and aftertaste'. 

Great Taste Judges Comments 

'Just tried the Dhaba Goat Curry- wow!! Absolutely love it'  - Pipers Farm

' This is a really appetising-looking dish, with a sweetness on the nose that is very appealing. The preparation of the meat is good, and it is tender and flavoursome. Overall, the curry sauce is confident and well balanced with a great length of flavour'.

Great Taste Judges Comments


Ingredients Goat meat, Onions, Ginger, garlic, chillies, Tomatoes, lemon, kasuri methi, pomoegranate molasses,  double cream, rapeseed oil, salt, mixed blend of spices, coriander.