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Adventurous Mutton Potjie That Will Leave Your Diners Wanting More of the Succulent Smokey Dish

Updated on February 29, 2020
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I enjoy entertaining and hosting friends and family with mouthwatering dishes that create wonderful memories.

Great for entertaining a crowd, while the mesmerising aroma of spices and flavour surrounds your entertainment area in the background. The kids are playing while you enjoy a few laughs and drinks with your social circle, keeping their tastebuds watering and waiting to taste that brilliant outside fire dish filled with flavour

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 30 min
Yields: Serves +- 20 people


  • 1 kilogram c grade mutton, cut into chunks
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 100ml oil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 sprig curry leaves
  • 3 teaspoons garlic and ginger paste
  • 2 tablespoons salt, as preferred
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons masala
  • 1 kilo baby potatoes
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 250g baby carrots
  • 500g sweetcorn on the cob, optional
  • 6 sprigs coriander
  • 1½ litres vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 green peppers, sliced

Instructions for outside cooker

  1. For best results I use the Potjieking outdoor charcoal grill, as it does not use much charcoal as normal open fires
  2. Layer charcoal into potjie cooker
  3. Add some fire lighter to start a flame
  4. Allow 20 minutes for flame to settle, and charcoal is at optimal temperature (higher heat allows for better infusion of flavour)
  5. Place Potjie pot onto cooker
  6. I used the Best Duty Cast Iron Potjie Pot Size 3


  1. Add oil and wait for 3 minutes to heat
  2. Braise with onions, cumin, bay leaves, ginger and garlic paste, cinnamon sticks, turmeric, curry leaves and wait for onions to turn golden brown
  3. Add masala, garam masala and wait for 2 minutes
  4. Add mutton, salt then toss and cover with lid for a period 15 minutes
  5. Add vegetable stock and tomatoes, cover once more and leave for 30 minutes
  6. Add sweetcorn cobs, baby carrots, green pepper and potatoes
  7. Add water to ensure all vegetables are submerged and cover with lid,
  8. Occasionally toss every 30 minutes
  9. Leave on moderate heat for 2 hours
  10. Add coriander to garnish 10 minutes prior to removing from cooker
  11. Ready to serve
Best Duty Cast Iron Potjie Pot Size 3 - Including Complementary Lid Lifter Knob (Value $9.95)
Best Duty Cast Iron Potjie Pot Size 3 - Including Complementary Lid Lifter Knob (Value $9.95)
The Best Duty Potjie Pot evenly distributes heat all around the pot, which allows for the best results for infusing all the flavours of spice. The pot is made with high quality and is durable. It is easy to clean and portable. After cooking ensure that you wash the Best Duty Potjie pot with dishwashing liquid and then smear a layer of cooking oil with a kitchen towel inside and out. The cooking oil protects the pot from rust build up inside and is ready for the next use. Cover with a plastic or dust proof sheet.
Outdoor Charcoal Grill Versatile by Potjieking
Outdoor Charcoal Grill Versatile by Potjieking
The Potjieking Outdoor Charcoal Grill contains the fire, flames and heat inside the stand which makes this safe around people, children, animals and nature. You can use charcoal, wood, briquettes or any other product similar to these. Does not use much charcoal, wood or briquettes as normal open fires. I have used it as a smoker on many occasions for one of my favourite dishes "Spicy Chicken Tikka Masala Wraps". I use inner charcoal chamber for creating the naan bread as the heat is contained and gives a flavourful smokey taste to the dish. It is easy to setup can be used anywhere at anytime. With the stable legs it is durable and can hold weights up to a 100kg. This is the maximum that I have tested, however I am confident that this can hold more. You can be assured that your pot and dish will not fall over. The Potjieking Outdoor Charcoal Grill, can be used for barbeque's, general outdoor cooking, outdoor heater on those chilly nights or a portable campfire to make delicious melt in your mouth s'mores. To ensure the stainless steel exterior is preserved I always layer these surfaces with a concentrated ammonia product like Handy Andy or Mr Muscle before igniting the fire. This prevents stubborn black stains caused by the intense heat or flame.

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