Aatukaal Paya/Mutton Paya

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"  Idiyappam-Paya"  Or “Appam-Paya”is highly popular combination in Tamil Nadu. Paya is a type of spiced trotters with a thin gravy like broth and is usually eaten with either of the above two combinations.
Every Food has a story to tell and here is my story ~I was told that Appam and Paya is the best combination and I had a chance to have it at Karaikudi restaurant on our visit to Chennai ( Amma never made them ). I like the food there but the paya was a disappointment to me. After many years when I got married and when invited to my husband`s friends place for dinner, I had a chance to have Paya again and my whole impression changed although I did not like the fact that it had too much fat and washing my hands after the meal was a big hassle. I have had it twice at their place before moving to Seattle. The first time I had it in Seattle was at our friends place for Christmas. This time it was even better. Today`s recipe is an adaptation of our friend Bindu`s  and my Aunt`s recipe.

  1. 24 pieces Goat trotters                                  
  2. 2 cups sliced Onion                                           
  3. 2 cups chopped Tomatoes                                       
  4. 6 Green chilly                                
  5. 3 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
  6. 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder                        
  7. 4 teaspoon Red chilly powder
  8. 1 tablespoon Pepper powder                             
  9. 1 teaspoon Coriander powder 
  10. 2-½ inch piece Pattai/cinnamon                                            
  11. 4 Krambu/Cloves                                           
  12. 2 Bay leaves
  13. ½ cup Grated Coconut
  14. 1 teaspoon Cumin                                           
  15. ½ teaspoon Sombu/aniseed
  16. 1 cup lightly packed Curry and Cilantro leaves             
  17. 1 cup lightly packed mint/pudina                                               
  18. Juice of half a lime (optional) 
  19. 5 tablespoon Oil                                                                        
  20. Salt to taste
  1. Clean and wash the Goat’s trotters. Pressure cook with half of the onions ( ie 1 cup), turmeric powder, pepper powder, 3 green chillies, 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste, little salt and 2 cups of water. After the first whistle, reduce the heat to low to maintain pressure and let it sit for one hour. The trotters take a long time to cook, when cooked it becomes soft and can be chewed upon.
  2. Grind the coconut with the cumin and aniseed to a fine paste and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a thick bottomed vessel and the cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf. To this add the remaining onions, curry leaves and sauté for few minutes to a nice brown color.
  4. Now add the remaining ginger garlic paste and green chillies and sauté again for few minutes.
  5. Now add the chili and coriander powders. Mix and immediately add the tomatoes until it becomes soft and becomes a nice thick gravy. ( make sure not to burn the chilli powders )
    Now add half of the pudina/mint. Mix well and transfer the masala to the pressure cooker and pressure cook to a whistle .
  6. When cool, open the lid and add the coconut paste and required salt. Add water if necessary and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Finally add the cilantro and remaining mint.
  7. Add lemon juice if necessary before serving.
Goes well with Appam, Idiappam, Idli, Kall Dosai, Parota Or Chapathi.


  1. This is one lovely combination.... I wish I could have it... Lovely..

  2. I love that gravy but trotters that is something which i dont have, here my inlaws use pig trotters in their soup which I dont like too.
    Said that the gravy looks so so good.

  3. This is my dad's favorite from hotel Ponnusamy in Chennai. I will bookmark this to try out.

  4. Havent had this mutton paya since a long, love it..

  5. I never thought we can get trotters here. I remember how greasy the hands were after having the dish.
    The dish looks superb!

  6. Wow that looks really delicious. With idiyappam must be a delight to the tongue.

  7. first time to ur blog....ur blog looks very beautiful...yummy mutton paya!!nice click dear..im glad to follou dear!



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