Mutton Paaya

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Now this is something most people love to eat but very few want to prepare. There is hard work involved in it. But the final result is so delicious, its well worth it.

The preparation begins from the butchers shop. You must inspect every piece you buy. If there is a lot of hair or burnt skin, it will be difficult to clean. Once satisfied, bring them home and after a cursory wash, let them soak in some salted water for a couple of hours.
This helps in the actual cleaning. Take a sharp knife and shave them up.
Blunt knives have no place in the kitchen and if you try to use them, they will ruin the trotters.
Once clean, I soaked them for 5 mins in a solution made of cooking soda and salt.
Finally rinse them under running water.

Pressure cook them with some ginger garlic paste.
No need to add salt or anything else.
Usually a couple of whistles will have them softened.

Now you can either proceed or store them in a fridge.
I had no plans of cooking them the same day. So once it was cooled, left them in a covered dish for almost 48 hours.

The gelatin from the bones will form a jelly. Its expected.

The final preparation:
Heat 4 tablespoons of oil and one tablespoon of unsalted butter.
Add a stick of cinnamon, a bay leaf and some cloves.
Once they turn fragrant add a chopped onion. Fry till they get a nice shade of brown. Add two or three whole green chilies.
Add turmeric powder. If you like it spicy you can add some red chilly powder.

Add chopped tomatoes and cook till the oil separates.
Add the trotters.
The gelatin will dissolve and keep stirring.
Add coriander powder.

Take 100 gms of beaten yogurt. Add a table spoon of this and stir. Once mixed add another tablespoon. The slower you do it the better. Otherwise the curd will split and spoil the look and texture.

Add freshly chopped coriander and pressure cook on high till one whistle. Then set the heat to simmer and let it cook for another 15 mins.

Once the pressure has released, cook on high flame to reduce the sauce.

Enjoy with hot rotis.
Since this recipe uses very few spices, it will not feel heavy. It does not cause any heartburn.
Best of all. Once you wash your hands you will find that they are not sticky.

Do leave a comment if you liked the recipe.

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