Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Mutton Soup ~ blended in Herbs and Spices!

Growing up I always felt soups to be fancy stuff! Infact, I still do now, but that's another topic. But there have been many times, when we have indulged in some soupy affairs. Amma, makes excellent Vegetarian soups. My favorite, pick me up one would always be her Carrot Soup. Thinking about soup, I was really amazed that Soups have never really featured much on my blog. The only soup that I have featured is my Sweet Corn Soup, my most favorite. 

Actually I don't take anything else, other than Sweet Corn Soup. I have always felt drinking soup kills my appetite, yeah you heard me right. Why would I want to drink soup when I would be eagerly waiting for my paneer starters and then my paneer kulcha or paneer butter masalas to come! But there have been occasions when we have indulged in lengthy dinners that these featured too. Now if we ever venture out for dinners, it's always one person to his own food! Which is not how I like, so we don't go out at all.

Recently when we thought it's high time, we take the kids out, we decided on a Chick King joint that's close to our place. We choose that because it had a kids corner. We landed there by 8.30 pm and it was so crowded with kids. Konda, of course knew this place and was all excited. So it was such a pleasant feeling seeing the twins enjoying it. They had the sliders, swings and many other things to keep the kids occupied. But the other kids were kind of older and very naughty. 

One girl was rude enough to push both these little ones aside, and Chinnu almost fell down, while Peddu was pushed. Next moment, we saw Peddu charging to that girl and he didn't rest till he was satisfied pulling her pigtail and hitting her. I had great difficult pulling him away from her. I know it's wrong, but I was trilled that Peddu knows to defend himself and can take care of his brother too. Konda, on the other hand, would always come running back crying and complaining to me. I was happy that I don't have to be the over protective motherhen afterall!

Coming back to this soupy thing, it was an interesting blend of spices and herbs. We make soups out of meat, generally for kids. During pregnancy, or recuperating, these meat soups are much sought out. I was taking lot of Carrot soups, Tomato or Mint soups during my pregnancy. And this was on request from hubby that I make for my kids. Though it was on spicy side they liked sipping on this.

Ingredients Needed:

Mutton Bones - 100 gms
Tomato - 1 medium
Onions - 1/2 of a small one
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder -1/2 tsp
Mint leaves - handful
Coriander leaves - handful
Cloves - 4
Cinnamon - 1"
Whole Peppercorns - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water - 2 glasses

Seasoning
Curry leaves few
Onions - 1/2 of a small one
Ghee/ Clarified butter - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Chop the onions, Tomatoes, mint and coriander to fine pieces. Keep half of the onions for seasoning.

Place all the ingredients, except the seasoning items, in a pressure cooker. Put it for 4-5 whistles.

Once the pressure is off, heat the ghee. Sauté the onions, curry leaves. Once the onions are pink, add the boiled Mutton bones along with the other ingredients. Sprinkle more pepper powder based on your spiciness.

Bring to boil and remove and serve. If you want to you can strain all the ingredients and serve just the clear soup. Since all these were pressure cooked with the meat, its juice and spices would have steeped to the liquid.

This soup is quite spicy, so adjust the chili powder, Clove and Peppercorns as per taste.

Else as such it makes very solid soup. Very filling for a early dinner or for a light one.

I am sending this to Meeta's Monthly Mingle, this months being Bollywood Cooking. I thought this would make a perfect Bollywood star! Infact I have a book that features many of the famous Stars and their own recipes and I wanted to cook something from that! But there is nothing like our own dish alluring to them right!

And since this lets out lovely taste of the clove, this also goes to, yes you guess it right, I am sending this to Gretchen, who is hosting this month's Think Spice themed on Cloves, an event started by our dear Sunita!

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20 comments :

sra said...

This holds very dear memories for me - I think we still have the small grey cups my granny served this soup in.

kamala said...

I love mutton soup.Amma used to make a different way.Soup looks good Srivalli

Rachel said...

Tell me about it! I get a deep satisfaction within me when my lil one gives it back when she's shoved by other kids..may sound rude or bad...but I guess most mothers feel this way!

Arundathi said...

Thats a great entry, Valli - gotta make it for my husband who is a big mutton and chicken soup fan!
And a beautiful photograph!

Ben said...

I love soups in the fall, winter, spring and sometimes even the summer. In Mexico we always have soup before our main dish. This soups sounds really really good. I will make sure to try it :)

Kalai said...

I love mutton soup. This looks so elegant, Valli! :)

Gori Girl said...

This sounds (and looks) really delicious! It's starting to get too warm here for soup, but I'll be saving this recipe for next fall & winter.

P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting - I'd love to read about simple Indian recipes.

kamala said...

I find the younger ones are so smart than elders.Elder ones are more dependable.Like Konda my son too.And no need to say Nandhu is like ur twins!!!

Divya Vikram said...

My mom used to make this especially when we had cold..Nice entry

Mona said...

I'm down with Flu, and I need a nice a bowl of warm Mutton soup with herbs, Hmmm! It looks so comforting!

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Cham said...

My fav mutton soup, little different than mine, but looks warm and delicious!

Dhanu said...

I have become a regular visitor of ur blog. u have saved me from the hassle of thinking about what to make for breakfast, with ur great Dosamela......Thank you dear....

Miri said...

My Syrian Christian land lady used to make and send this when I was sick and it was quite nourishing!

bhags said...

your lil ones seems to have been taught the ways to face this world....:P

soups seems gud, but mez not the non-veg type

Nags said...

thats a lovely soup and a nice pic too :)

Srivalli said...

sra, I am so glad this brought back those memories...thats really wonderful to know!

kamala, Thank you..would be nice to see your version too

Rachel, agree on that!...

Arundathi, thanks..glad you liked it!..

Ben, thats so nice to know!..I guess culture difference!....do try and let me know!

Kalai, thanks...

Gori Girl, Welcome to my blog!..glad you like it!...its my pleasure!

kamala, so nice to know about your kids!

Divya, yeah I guess thats when we all do right..great!

Mona, so sorry to hear that!...hope you get back well soon!

Cham, thanks...will like to check out your version too!

Dhanu, My pleasure. Thanks for the feedback...glad you like them..

Miri, yeah it is supposed to bring you back

bhags, yep..so glad!...thanks..maybe I will post the veg for you next time!

Pearlsofeast said...

Great posting Srivalli.I am going to try out soon.Perfect blend of spices!!!!

Sunshinemom said...

Hi Sri, do drop in for a moment....:)

Arfi Binsted said...

oh yes!! mutton is my meat!

Subhashini said...

Yesterday was searching for chicken soup recipe and ended up here. Followed similar steps with some modifications and it turned out really well.

Thanks a lot for sharing.

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