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Mutton Soup | Amma's Recipe | South Indian Style Mutton Soup

I am not a big fan of soups, If you talk about soups the only two recipes that I would recognise is sweet corn chicken soup and the other is this mutton soup that Amma makes. Other than that I am zero when it comes to soups, not that I cannot make them, I just don't enjoy soups or you can say I am not a soup person. Like me, husband also is someone who is not fond of soups. If I ever mention the word soup, he would go soupppppp ahhhhhhh??? :P so I seriously have no motivation to stir soup. Today was one of those days that necessity called for some warm soup, husband was down with flu and after two rasam days I was so looking forward to having something good and I remembered Amma's Mutton soup which she used to give me when I was sick. Usually I love having it along with mashed rice, nice and warm. Its a very comforting food when you are down with a throat pain, cold or runny nose. Another way that I relish this soup is just the liquid served warm before lunch.  

Mutton Soup is very common in the southern part of India,this soup is made by cooking mutton bones with flesh along with spices which is very aromatic and fragrant.  The spice level is less and can be increased or decreased according to taste and preference. If you are a meat eater then you must give this a try and you will keep making it often. Today I served soup with mashed white rice and beans stir fry. Also saved some more of the soup to be relished later.

Recipe Source ~ Amma
Serves ~ 2 - 3 generously


Mutton with bones - 250 gms
Pearl onions/ shallots - 8-10 finely chopped
Tomato - 1 medium finely chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Jeera/ cumin powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 and 1/2 tbsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp (add in the end)

To temper:

Curry leaves - 1 spring
Pepper cons - 1 tsp
Whole jeera/ cumin - 1 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 2
Bay leaf -1
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece minced
Garlic - 5 pods minced
Oil - 2 tbsp


  • Wash the mutton pieces in cold running water several times and put it in a pressure cooker along with 2 cups water, turmeric powder, jeera powder and cover the lid. On high flame add the stopper/ whistle, let it cook for 4-5 whistles or more until you find the mutton pieces soft and fully cooked.
  • In a pan/ wok heat oil, add the whole spices one by one - cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bayleaf, peppercorns  whole jeera and fennel seeds, curry leaf wait for them to release aroma. Now add the garlic and ginger and let it toss for 30 seconds until they release aroma, to this add onions and cook until transparent
  • Add the tomato, salt, jeera and coriander powder and stir well, cover with a lid and let it cook until mushy.
  • Add the cooked mutton pieces along with the water (if needed add somemore water) and bring it to a boil and let it cook for 15 minutes under a low flame.
  • Add pepper powder and switch off
Serve warm as soup or with rice.
Cooks Wisdom
  • Adding pepper can be adjusted depending on how hot you want your soup to be, you can even grind the fresh ginger,garlic and peppercons and add to the soup
  • Make sure that the mutton is well cooked and follow the method that works best for you
  • Pressure cooking mutton helps is reducing cooking time
  • You can also garnish with coriander leave if you like but I find it overpowering the soup


  1. i always cook mutton on my pressure cooker...want to have this hot soup with garlic bread

  2. nice composition of colors priya :) liked all your clicks.. i too love the mutton soup made by my mom :) liked your version..

  3. tasty...I love it... :)

  4. i never tasted mutton soup..this pics makes me try this someday :)

  5. i never tasted mutton soup..but this pics makes me to try this someday:)

  6. love to have this soup when somebody cooks for me. It is an instant warmer.

  7. delicious looking mutton soup,flavorful one...the props are so cute.

  8. delicious soup dear...Love to have now for this climate hmmmm :)

  9. Would love to have this soup with some breadsticks..YUM, Superb dear

  10. never tried mutton soup like this,looks yum .lovely clicks

  11. Mutton soup has always been me and my kids favorite... I just love this soup u made...

  12. Delicious soup .love it

  13. Its rainy here and am in love with this mutton soup,prefect for sore throat too, love love love this soup very much.

  14. Finger licking soup.....

  15. Delicious and flavorful soup.. eating soup mixing with rice is new to me.. But seems to be an interesting combo!! Love the soup bowl da.. All in all super hit soup! :)

  16. Looks like its been ages that I have visited here...:)I am totally a soup person...Love it with breads dipped in...Your soup looks warm and perfect for the drastic cold weather here... Love the presentation and color combo gal...Beautiful..

  17. perfect soup for the weather, excellent soup recipe will sure try this sometime...loved ur props n pics :)

  18. Am in love with these dear!!! Perfect combo...

    Amma's special always the best dear. Your pics are killing me!

  19. my my! soup looks soooo innviting!...............

  20. yummy soup Priya...though i will not have mutton but loved the recipe:)

  21. Yummmmmmm :) I want that whole platter akka...ipovae ;) am drooling here lovely lovely clicks... :)

  22. delicious soup & lovely clicks visit my blog when you are free...

  23. If I make yummy soup like this for my hubby he will probably take sick leave whenever he is sick ;) I feel like trying it right now...perfect for a day like this.

  24. Just something I want to beat my cold.. this is really inviting!

  25. i am a fan of mutton soup. But never tried to prepare it own. Will try this recipe.

  26. It was delicious. My toddler liked the soup very much with rice

  27. Nice Recipe. Came out quite good. Thank you.


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