Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Spicy Aatukal Paya / Hot Goat Leg Curry / Aatukal Soup / Step by Step Recipe:

Jayanthy Kumaran | 20:02 | |

Spicy Aatukal Paya:  

This is my  Mom’s  signature  recipe  and she used to cook this special mutton recipe for special family gatherings. We could never forget the tongue tickling taste, even though it has too much fat content and washing hands after the meal turns to be a big hassle...;)
The Goat’s legs or trotters are called Paya in Hindi.!   This   is a hot and spicy curried soup rich with gelatin from the bone marrows.
In this authentic  recipe,  the trotters are cooked in hot water with aromatic spices and salt for more time, till the trotters have become tender and juicy.

Try now , the fluffy Appam,   Idiappam  or  chapattis teamed with this hot curry, which  is laden with the rich taste of coconut, masalas and onion tomato paste. 
Here we go with  the hot and spicy curry  recipe ...!


·         Goat leg  ( trotters ) / Paya                     - 1 dozen
·         Onion                                                    - 3
·         Tomato                                                 - 2
·         Coriander leaves                                    - handful
·         Cooking oil                                            - 2 tbsp
·         Ginger garlic paste                                 - 1 tbsp
·         Turmeric pwd                                         - ½ tsp
·         Red chilly pwd                                       - 2 tbsp
·         Garam masala pwd                                - 1 tsp
·         Coriander pwd                                        - 1 tsp
·         Grated coconut pieces                           - ½ cup
·         Cloves                                                   - 2
·         Cinnamon                                              - 1
·         Saunf                                                    - ¼ tsp
·         Cumin                                                   - ¼ tsp
·         Salt to taste


1.     Clean the  Goat’s trotters ( chopped leg pieces ) by genltly scrapping with a  knife .

2.     Wash well, drain and keep aside.

3.     Chop onion and tomato to small pieces.
4.     Wash and chop coriander leaves.
5.     Heat oil in a pressure pan.
6.     Add ginger garlic paste.
7.     Sauté for a minute.
8.     Add chopped onion and fry well.
9.     Add finely cut tomatoes and cook further.
10.  Now add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, garam masala pwd, coriander pwd and salt.
11.  Allow the mixture to cook on low flame for 4 minutes.
12.  Now add goat legs and coriander leaves.

13.  Combine well.
14.  Pour water enough to cover the contents in the cooker.

15.  Pressure cook in medium flame for 4 whistles.
16.  Then simmer for 12 to 15 minutes.
17.  The trotters take a long time to cook. When cooked it becomes soft and can be chewed upon.
18.  Once the pressure turns off,  stir well.

19.  Grind the grated coconut to smooth paste with the addition of cumin and  little water. Add the thick paste and allow to boil.

20.  Check for salt and adjust.
21.  Heat oil in a small fry pan.
22.  Add cloves, cinnamon and  saunf.
23.  Wait to crackle.
24.  Add to paya and mix well.
25.  Add freshly chopped coriander leaves.

26.  Switch off the flame.
27.  Delicious and spicy Aattukaal paya ready to give a taste.

28.  Serve hot with fluffy Appam, idly, idiappam, roti, plain rice, fried rice and parathas.

Related Recipes: 

·       Mutton  Masala

·       Mutton  Chops

·       Spicy  Mutton  Korma

·       Mutton  Biryani


  1. what a delicious yummy soup..looks so mouth-watering:)

  2. This sure sounds like a winner recipe.

  3. Leg pieces is my fav. Curry looks yummy..

  4. That's such a terrific healthy soup Jay.

  5. paya cooked in all style is my favorite and yours is superb!

  6. What a superbly prepared dish Jay.. simply love it :)

  7. congratulations to your mom for this wonderful dish, bye

  8. hi jay, looks very appetizing mutton curry dish/ i can only look at your photos here, cos i know i cannot handle the cleaning technique of mutton legs.. i love mutton, very tasty

  9. Bravo for mum:) Mums know best.people that nevrtried goats meat just don't know what they miss;) Fantatsic recepie;)

  10. I never ate goat, but this soup looks amazing :X

  11. I thot we can only make soup out of this...what an idea madamjiee!!!
    Thanx for visiting my blog and passing ur valuable comments..
    happy to follow u.

  12. Hi Jay,my first time here in this Yummy Blog.U have loads of recipes here and also r visually appealing.Luved my time here.This is my Mother-in Law's signature dish.Following U.Thanks for dropping in.

  13. Looks tempting and one of my favorite with idiyappam.

  14. delicious curry... I prefer to have more meat in the curry than more bones though.. I know its the bones that give the full flavour..

  15. Been ages i had them, looks super delicious..

  16. Welcome to my garden.
    I'll be back.

  17. Wonderful dish dear..tempting

  18. Delicious , nice recipe.

  19. Delicious. I have heard about its medicinal benefits too. Good One.


  20. Lovely dish, I dont mind the hassle. Anyways its the fat that makes it yummy

  21. Thanks for your inspiring feedback..It helps me a lot..:)
    Have a fantastic day..!

  22. Thanks for dropping by my blog and for your comments.. your blog is wonderful and your recipes too..The pics are very appealing..

  23. lOVELY JAYYY !! Am gonna try this dish on sunday !!

  24. This looks amazing, but I don't think I can get the ingredients. :)

  25. Hi Jay! MAde this for dinner last night. I have to say it as much simpler than I was expecting, and your recipe made the entire process less intimidating! It was very yummy and we all really dug in :)

    ONe question I have is this - I followed a link from an earlier post of PAaya to this recipe. And the recipes for both are different. So which recipe is your go-to one?

    Thanks for sharing your recipes!


  26. Hy Preeti,
    thanks for your try n so glad u n your family enjoyed a lot. This is my latest version n sooper dooper hit recipe in my family too..:)
    happy cooking..!

  27. delicious, my favourite.


TQ friends for stopping by and taking the time to leave your valuable comments. Your comments, support & feedback are highly appreciated.
All spam comments will be deleted. Thanks for understanding!

Print Friendly and PDF