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Aatukkaal Soup/Paaya

Aatukkal Paaya
It has been quite a long time since I posted something new. It had been a very busy month, dotted with bouts of sickness. The cold weather which is slowly sneeking into this part of the world along with the flu virus, did give me quite a number of headaches. So, my expriments in the kitchen swayed from wild and wacky to bland and pure, in accordance to what my tastebuds craved. Wow, what a month it was! I feasted on plain steamed Basmati rice with steamed vegetables and loved the taste of it. The same could be said of pureed rice with buttermilk, and rice rawa porridge. Certainly bouts of sickness make me appreciate the taste and texture of food better.

Last week, on our grocery shopping I was shocked at the increase in rice prices. The rice variety in question being Sona Masoori. A little search threw me the news of ban on non-basmati rice varieties and also the news of the partial lift of the ban. News here: http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage_c_online.php?leftnm=11&bKeyFlag=IN&autono=29218 Back to long grained rice in a short while, should I say?

On a sunny note, I found a particular brand of yogurt which gave me good homemade yogurt. I found Horizons Organic yogurt in Wegmans and I loved the texture and flavor of the yogurt I was able to make using it. Try it..You are sure to like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

On a side note, Padma of Padma’s Kitchen sent me the Amish Friendship bread starter and I made a batch of bread. It turned out delicious. However I could not send the starter packages on time and hence have started the second batch. I will post on the Amish bread pretty soon.

Ok..enough of notes.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Last week, for the first time, I made Aatukkal paaya which roughly translates to ‘Goat Leg Soup’. Back home, my dad gets smoked goat legs from our local ‘Baai’ and mom pressure cooks them in water laced with turmeric and salt and keeps them in the fridge overnight. Here, I made the Paaya the same day.

Onto the recipe now:

Aatu Kaal Soup – Paaya:

Recipe Source: My mom

Goat Legs/Mutton Legs – 1 lb
Big Red onion – 1
Medium tomatoes -2
Curry Leaves – 10
Coriander – A fistful
Garlic flakes – 8
Chilli Powder – 1 Tsp
Coriander Seeds/Dhaniya – 2 Tbsp
Black Pepper /Milagu – 1 tsp
Turmeric – A pinch
Salt – As per taste
Oil – 1 Tbsp

Cook the mutton legs in water with turmeric and salt.

Fry Coriander seeds and black pepper in ghee and grind to a fine paste using a little water.

Crush the garlic flakes. Heat the oil and fry onions till light brown. Add the garlic d and fry till very light brown. Next add the tomatoes along with a little salt and chilli powder. Fry till the tomatoes turn mushy. Next add the goat legs along with the water it was cooked in. Let it thicken a bit. And then add the ground paste, curry leaves and coriander and cook till the gravy thickens.

Serve with steaming hot idlis, dosas, aappams or rice.

Note that my recipe does not use any cinnamon, cloves or other spices. The gravy derives its flavor only from coriander seeds and black pepper.

In Tamilnadu, Aatukaal Paaya is supposed to be good for recuperating patients and is a regular feature in their diet.

Check out another Aatukkaal Paya recipe at Joseph’s Kitchen.

30 thoughts on “Aatukkaal Soup/Paaya

  1. Hope you are feeling better Chandrika! I love Paaya,how long did you cook the legs for? I have heard that these have to be cooked for a long time, but pressure cooking must reduce the time, huh?

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  2. I don’t know whether you have seen the movie “Nilgiri Express” starring Jaishankar.. quite old.. In that movie Cho(Ramaswamy) will keep repeating “Paaya Saapadlama?”. I just remembered that ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Oh you just took my back to those when my grandma used to prepare mutton soup when some was recuperating from some illness adn it used to taste so goooood !! our version is different from this one…but your preparation just made me crave for a bowl of that ๐Ÿ™‚Shn

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  4. I so love Mutton dishes but I don’t have any Halal guys here. Lamb tastes totally different!Paaya looks so yum, thanks for posting your mom’s recipe. I just buy extra long grain rice we get here at the grocery, good with gravy dishes. I also like Dannon yogurt too!:)Happy Halloween!

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  5. Wow, I’m not a meateater, but I can’t stop drooling over this picture! Maybe I should try these flavors with some veggies instead – though I can’t quite think of what I could substitute here that would be reasonably chewy. Any ideas?

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  6. I hope you are recovering Chandrika! I love this paaya soup which is very famous in hyderabad. We too get meat from Halal and I bet you it doesnt taste much different than what we get in India. That is one good reason for me not leaving NJ ๐Ÿ™‚That soup is so warm and fulfilling

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  7. Chandrika, hope you are feeling better, the Paaya should have made any sickenss fly away:) looks awesome, have to see if can get hold of some goat legs. Yes Organic Yogurts come very close to home made yogurt, I felt the same with Stonyfield Organic yogurt too.

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  8. Sig, Yes, I am feeling much better, thank you..Yep, the legs take a very long time to cook..I normally pressure cook them for about 12 to 15 whistles! Quite a lot, isn’t it?

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  9. Happy Halloween to you too Asha! No Halal shops at your place..oh that’s bad..The Halal guy ay my place closed down some months back, but being die-hard Mutton lovers as we are, we drive down 10 miles for a pound or two of lamb! ๐Ÿ™‚ I found long grain rice to be slighly bland…But can’t help it…

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  10. Thanks Happy Cook! ๐Ÿ™‚Thanks Kaykat, Wish I could think of some substitutes…The soup derives its unique flavor from the meat…I will let you know if I find an alternative..

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  11. Thanks Padma, yes..I am recovering..Courtesy the soup! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just kidding..I am feeling much better now.. I totally agree with you..The meat we get from Halal is really good..Truly one of the reasons for not leaving NJ! ๐Ÿ™‚ The starter is still with me, Padma…I will send it across pretty soon..

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  12. I am feeling good, Indosungod..Thank you…Yep, the Paaya did it’s magic…:-)Glad you liked the soup.. I was very surprised with the way my dahi turned out with organic yogurts..I will try Stonyfield Yogurt next!

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  13. Dear Chandrika,I am visiting your blog for the first time…My name is Pournamy working in Bangalore…If you don’t mind please send me your email address.Waiting for your reply.Pournamy

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  14. Delicious and mouth watering Chandrika. This has been a standard recipe in our home every week for the past 6 months. I was searching for a nice recipe to adapt. I'll try your version next week.

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