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History of Railway Goat Curry: Most Popular Curry at The Colonial British Indian Cuisine

At our restaurant, The Colonial, we merge the cultures of India and Britain and bring out the best of both of them. Today, we are here with our Chef’s Speciality Menu’s dish and our bestseller, the Railway Goat Curry. A dish that has travelled time, has been there on the plates of the locals and the tourists, is steeped in colonial roots, and is garnished by rich Indian spices.

Railway Goat Curry has an interesting history, it is said to have originated during British colonial rule in the Indian subcontinent. The dish is prepared from tender goat meat cooked in a rich, spicy curry sauce, flavored with aromatic Indian spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala. Tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, black cardamom, cassia bark, and yogurt are added to enhance the curry's flavor and texture. 

Over time, Railway Goat Curry has become a beloved culinary tradition, enjoyed by people from all parts of Neutral Bay, Balmain, and Darlinghurst. This dish keeps developing with different regional deviations and adaptations that showcase the diverse culinary heritage of the land. 

Railway Goat Curry

“Railway Goat Curry delivers a fusion of slow-cooked, tender goat on the bone, infused with unique spices, creating an aromatic delight with every bite”

Why is it called the “Railway” Goat Curry?

During the colonial period in Sydney, Australia, when British influence was strong in the region, the British Empire built railway systems across its colonies, to streamline the transportation of goods and people. One of the difficulties faced by the British administrators was providing food to the people travelling on those trains. 

To cater to the various tastes and dietary necessities of the passengers, the British railway companies created a range of dishes that could be served efficiently on trains and would stay appetizing even after hours of travel. Railway goat curry was one of these dishes. It was designed to be a tasty meal that could be cooked in big amounts and could easily be transported. The use of goat meat made it simpler for a broad range of passengers. 

The origins of railway goat curry are not well-documented. Still, it likely originated from traditional Indian curry recipes, affected by British tastes and the practical restrictions of railway catering. The dish typically consists of goat meat cooked in a rich and aromatic curry sauce made with spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala. 

Over time, railway goat curry became a popular dish not only among train passengers but also in restaurants such as ours. The speciality is loved for its rich flavors and historical importance. Today, different variations of railway goat curry can be found in various regions, each with its unique, special twist on the recipe.

Is it just taste or health too?

Compared to the other traditional curry dishes, Railway Goat Curry is also rich in the concepts of nutrients. When included in the diet in balance it is considered healthy. It includes the various nutritional aspects. Goat meat, the primary element in the dish, is a good source of high-quality protein. It helps build and repair tissues, sustain muscle growth, and maintain a person's overall health. Not only this, the basic spices used in every other curry dish are garlic, onion, ginger & tomatoes and these ingredients are rich in various vitamins and minerals. They help in immune function and energy metabolism.


To sum it up, our speciality and your favorite is not just about taste but is rich in the nutritional profile as well. However, the different variations will vary the nutritional components as the cooking methods and recipes could differ from restaurant to restaurant. As long as it is included in a varied and balanced meal, it can offer culinary delight and health advantages. Make your reservations and enjoy this delicious curry in Sydney.


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