You may have enjoyed Rajasthani cuisine on many occasions. But the diversity demands that you should give more time to exploring the royal cuisine. It is so decadent. It is known to have such delicacies that have been relished in palaces of Maharajas. Eating in Rajasthan is a satiating experience. For example, have you tried sooley?  

Sooley is a Rajasthani appetiser. The meat is marinated in traditional spices and barbecued on skewers over charcoal which lends the meat a smoky flavour. Commonly, mutton is the choice of meat. However, nowadays, there are so many different ways to make sooley including roasting in the oven/tandoor or sautéing in the pan.  

What’s interesting about sooley is that the passion of the kings for hunting was so intense that people decided to create a culinary art form which was dedicated to giving the meat a proper outcome. As Rajasthan is a desert region, procuring ingredients from the vicinity and using them creatively was the challenge as the locals needed to create something sumptuous. As of today, the art of making sooley or barbecued meat has been perfected by the locals.  

Are you wondering how to make sooley? While you may not have a charcoal grill to barbecue the meat, you may simply cook the meat on a pan. Follow these steps —   


  • 200 grams boneless mutton  
  • 2 tablespoons fried onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 4-5 papaya slices  
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons fried cashews  
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice  
  • 1 tablespoon yoghurt  
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric  
  • Wooden skewers  
  • Oil  
  • Salt, a pinch  


  • In a blender, combine chilli powder, fried cashews, fried onions, garam masala, lemon juice and salt.  
  • Meanwhile, cut the mutton into thick slices.  
  • In a mixing bowl, combine yoghurt and the blended spice mix.  
  • Toss in the mutton.  
  • Poke holes in the mutton
  • Insert a wooden skewer through the meat pieces.  
  • Heat oil in a pan on medium flame.  
  • Once the oil is hot, place the skewers on the pan.  
  • Once the bottom side turns slightly golden, flip it.  
  • Allow both sides to cook. Serve.  

 We hope that you’ll enjoy this recipe!