Monday, October 19, 2009

Aattukkaal paaya

'Aattukkal paaya' means a soupy thin curry made with goat legs. 

Most of the South Indian restaurants serve this aattukal paya along with Idiyappam (rice noodles) for the breakfast or dinner. If you are not familiar with this less spicy dish , then don't hesitate to order it in your next visit to an Indian restaurant, especially the 'chettinad' (a cuisine of South India) ones.
Just empty a bowl of this aattukal paya over a plate of hot Idiyappam / soft dosa / Idly and ENJOY :)

Most of the time I prepare the aattukal soup and serve it first. Then I use the excess soup along with pieces to make this kulambu. But here is the complete recipe.

Aattukkaal paaya / Goat leg kuruma:

Goat leg curry is ready!
Goat leg - 2
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Masala 1:
ginger- 2 inch
garlic-5 pearls

To dry roast:
cloves - 5
cardamom- 4
cinnamon- 1 inch
fennel seeds - 1 tbsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
cashews - 5
nutmeg - a tiny shaving
mace - small bit
poppy seeds- 1 tbsp
pepper - 1 tsp

Above roasted items -
shredded coconut - 1 tbsp
red chilly powder - 1 tsp
coriander powder - 3 tsp

In a pan dry roast poppy seeds alone and keep aside.
Then dry roast all the above except coconut and grind everything together along with coconut.

other ingredients:
Bay leaves -2
cinnamon - 2 inch
Red onion - 2
tomato -2 (100 gms)
curry leaves- 1 sprig
cilantro- 1 handful
mint leaves - 1 handful
cooking oil- 3 tsp
Green chilli- 6
potato - 3 (1/2 lb)

First slightly blacken the skin in legs in flame to burn all the left over hair.
Break it in to two pieces to reduce the length.
Then rub and wash it thoroughly by applying turmeric powder.

Place the legs in a pressure cooker vessel along with water (6 cups) to immerse the legs.

In a kadai , heat 2 tsp cooking oil.Add 1/2 tsp fennel seeds and after it turns red add brinji leaves,curry leaves, chopped onion and saute till onion turns red.
Now put green chillies, cilantro and mint leaves one by one .
Add the remaining ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell vanishes.
Pour it into the pressure cooker and cook it to get one whistle.
Then reduce the flame and cook in low heat for 25 - 30 minutes till the leg gets completely cooked. Open the lid after the pressure is gone.

In the same time finely chop the tomato. Peel and cut the potatoes in to big chunks. Add the chopped tomto , potato , Masala 2 , salt along with 3 cups of water to the cooked legs .

Cook the whole kulambu to another whistle . Reduce flame and let it remain in low heat for another 10 minutes . Switch off flame.

Aattukal paaya is ready !

Serving suggestions:
The final consistency should be very thin like a soup.
Serve hot over Idiyappam / sponge soft dosa / Idly /rice / aappam.

Adding potato is optional but I prefer to have something more in this meatless bony curry:)


Radhe said...

hai viki,
nice recipe.have to try out this soon.


Padma said...

Delicious Paaya Viki... my hubby loves this with aappam and or dosa... looks nice spicy and yumm

Sushma Mallya said...

i dont eat mutton,but as the recipe is nice will surely try it with chicken,looks very delicious..

Priya Suresh said...

Tempting paaya, had it long back, really missing all these delicious dishes..

Shama Nagarajan said...

mouth watering kurma....delicious

Sailaja Damodaran said...

looks yummy....

Rina said...

Paaya with iddiyappam or parota are my precious chennai memories.. I should check to see whether I get burnt goat legs here..

Sarah Naveen said...

Oh wow!!! yummy!!perfect with appams!!!

San!!! said...

Nice click.People who crave for non veg will love this as of to my knowledge.Especially for diwali this makes a perfect dish with idly.

Unknown said...

Looks great!!U really make me drool. bookmarked.nice clic

Malar Gandhi said...

This is different from my version, if possible will like to try this. Guess only when I visit home(India). I am glad that you could find these here...

Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

yummy paaya for the tummy viki

Tina said...

hey Viki never heard about this...looks yummy.

Ann said...

ho,viks,this is clear taking the next flight to come over..what a delight with goat legs..its medicinal too,for sure !!

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thank you friends. Sure Raje , please try this and you are gonna love this forever. Yes Padma this goes well with aappam.
Sushma: I am not sure with chicken for this preparation , as chicken gets cooked even without a pressure cooker. So we can try in a wok for that.
Rina: Yes , me too love the Chennai parottas and idiyappam with this paya:)
San: True ...most of the mothers in TN cook this kulambu for the Diwali breakfast along with Idly.
Malar: Yes da...This recipe is my native special. Moreover adding the tomato at the end , as said here, will make a perfectly cooked leg.
Ann: Hearty welcome dear. yes , its a good medicine. It helps people to regain their strength after child birth or unknown tiredness.

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Hi viki,
after long time i'm visiting paya...its really mouth watering...

Yasmeen said...

I love the paya curry with parathas,must be equally delish with idlis :D

gtyuk said...

I miss this paayaa so much here, as we can rarely get goat legs separately, yumm, what a feast it would be with idiaappams!!! enjoy vicky!!

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