Mutton = goat, goat = mutton

Any time I go to the restaurant in India there are many non-vegetarian options on the menu (unless it’s veg joint only).  Who doesn’t know Mutton Roganjosh, Lal Maas, Saag Mutton, Mutton Do pyaaza, Mutton Korma, Mutton Keema Kalezi?

However, driving across vast indian land I have hardly seen any sheep. Somehow I couldn’t imagine that India imports this meat from Australia or NZ.


The question where lamb meet comes from bothered me for a long time. Until I decided to ask my friends this question.


The answer blew my mind away.

Mutton = goat, goat = mutton

What do you mean by that? The whole world knows that mutton comes from sheep. I even checked the main source of “scientific” information Wikipedia.

“Lamb, hogget, and mutton are the meat of domestic sheep (species Ovis aries) at different ages.

A sheep in its first year is called a lamb, and its meat is also called lamb. The meat of a juvenile sheep older than one year is hogget; outside the USA this is also a term for the living animal. The meat of an adult sheep is mutton, a term only used for the meat, not the living animals”. 


So, I was right. Yes, everywhere else, but not in India. The last sentence in Wikipedia is priceless:

“In the Indian subcontinent the term mutton is also used to refer to goat meat.”

For the last five years I was eating goat meat while thinking it was sheep.  But then  nothing is simple and straightforward in India!

Bon appetite!

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