Leg-endary Eats: What Makes Mutton Paya Soup A Winter Favourite
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Paya means mutton or goat trotters. These are leg bones and hoofs of lamb or goat. Paya is rich in minerals as well as nutrients and helps in maintaining joint health. Paya soup is a delicious dish, which is served widely during the winter season. This soup is specially prepared for elder people or for those who suffer from back pain or joint pain. The soup helps to bring immense relief when consumed every other day.

Paya Soup is a traditional East Indian recipe and is served in India as well as many South Asian countries. It is one of the easiest recipes of Paya Soup that can be prepared easily at home. The chewy bones as well as the gelatin-like texture of the soup make it super delicious. It is good to have a bowl of Mutton Paya Soup at least once a week during the winter season to boost immunity. 

Here’s the recipe for Paya Soup.

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Servings: 6

Mutton Paya Soup 



    6 goat trotters

    10 to 12 garlic flakes

    2 tbsp oil or ghee 

    6 cups of water

    1 tsp salt

    2 tsp coriander seeds 

    8 cloves

    3 cardamoms 

    2-inch cinnamon stick 

    1 tsp peppercorns 

    ½ tsp turmeric powder


    Rinse and chop the paya (trotters) into 3 to 4 medium-sized pieces. 

    Next, put them into a pressure cooker with 2 cups of water and a bit of salt.

    Pressure cook it on a medium flame for approximately 15 to 20 minutes

    Next, put cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom and peppercorns in a grinder and grind them to form a fine paste. 

    Add a little amount of water as well to grind it. 

    Heat a vessel and put 2 tsp vegetable oil or ghee into it. 

    Next, add the crushed garlic cloves as well and mix them for approximately 2 minutes.

    Next, put the spice paste in the vessel and fry for 2 minutes again. 

    Then add the paya along with the stock in the vessel.

    In this step put 3 to 4 cups of water into the soup or add it as per your taste

    Mix all the ingredients well and bring the soup to a boil. 

    Adjust seasonings and spices according to your taste.

    Simmer for approximately 6 to 8 minutes and then turn off the flame.

    Finally, Mutton Paya Soup is ready to serve hot 

Points to remember:

    Wash the paya properly. 

    Add a few tsps of wheat flour and scrub each paya well after that wash them thoroughly a couple of times so that they get cleaned.

    The cooking time for paya will depend on its size. So, keep a thorough check.

    Add more or less water to make soup according to your taste. 

    Water will make soup consistency thick or thin so you can make it as per your choice.

    Adjust spices according to your taste as well. 

    You can keep the soup mild or spicy.