Mutton Pie Recipe

Curried mutton pie

  • serves 6
  • A little effort

The Holborn Dining Room offers beautifully crafted seasonal pies including this mutton curry pie. This recipe by Chef Calum Franklin, takes a little effort, but is the perfect meal to impress your friends this weekend


Make this comforting mutton pie, then check out our Sri Lankan mutton rollsmutton keema, and West Indian curried mutton.



  • boneless lamb or mutton shoulder 1 (around 1.4kg)
  • vegetable oil
  • onions 2, diced
  • garlic grated to make 1 tsp
  • ginger grated to make 1 tsp
  • madras curry powder 1 heaped tbsp
  • chilli powder 1 tsp
  • ground cumin 1 tsp
  • ground coriander 1 tsp
  • garam masala 1 tsp
  • chopped tomatoes 2 x 400g tins
  • potato 300g, cut into 1cm dice and boiled
  • unsalted butter 10g
  • puff pastry 800g
  • egg 1, beaten


  • mango 1, cut into 1cm dice
  • red chilli 1, seeded and finely diced
  • lime 1, zested
  • coriander finely chopped to make 2 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

  • Step 2

    Put the lamb/mutton shoulder on a roasting tray and roast for 25 minutes until golden. Reduce the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2.

  • Step 3

    In a large casserole over a medium heat, add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and fry the onion, garlic and ginger and a pinch of salt for 10-15 minutes until really soft.

  • Step 4

    Add the spices and cook gently for another 5 minutes, stirring regularly.

  • Step 5

    Tip in the tomatoes, add the lamb/mutton (discarding any fat) and top up with enough water to cover.

  • Step 6

    Bring to the boil, put a lid on and put in the oven for 2 ½ hours.

  • Step 7

    Remove the lamb from the liquid and cool completely. Skim the liquid of excess fat and reduce until saucy. leave to cool.

  • Step 8

    Once cool, break the lamb into bite-sized pieces, discarding the fat and sinew.

  • Step 9

    Mix with the potato and enough of the reduced sauce to be nice and saucy and season.

  • Step 10

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

  • Step 11

    Butter 6 pie tins or tall ceramic ramekins roughly 10cm x 10cm, and roll out a block of pastry to a thickness of 4mm. Line each tin, leaving a 2cm excess.

  • Step 12

    Roll the remaining pastry out to a thickness of 4mm, cut out 10cm x 10cm circles and lightly score in a diamond shape.

  • Step 13

    Add the cold lamb mix to the lined tins and put the pastry circles on top. Brush the top with beaten egg and fold the overlaps over and crimp.

  • Step 14

    Make a small hole in the middle of the lid to allow steam to escape. Chill for 30 minutes.

  • Step 15

    To make the mango salad, toss all of the ingredients and season.

  • Step 16

    Bake the pies for 30-35 minutes until deep golden, then remove the pies from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before carefully removing from the tins.

  • Step 17

    Serve warm with the mango salad.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 1148
  • Fat 74.7g
  • Saturates 34.5g
  • Carbs 63.4g
  • Sugars 13.1g
  • Fibre 8g
  • Protein 51.5g
  • Salt 1.6g