Mutton Meatball Soup


Indian Mutton Meatball Soup, Sinfully Spicy

Cold & rainy – the weather has been like this for few days. Although wanting to stay in bed all day with a novel & tea mug on the side, this afternoon, I yearned to walk outside the apartment. After a week of grey, the warmth of sun rays glistening through the rain drops still sticking on the window were calling me. I put on the boots and walked out, shivering, looking for a cozy corner. It was fiercely windy but sitting on the bench cornered as to block the gusts, the sun soaked me up. As the rays percolated through thick knits of my gloves, I felt a magical sense of rejuvenation and warmth.The clean feeling after the rains always draws me, the blue skies softly feathered with clouds, the biting humid air,wet cobbled pavements, the vivid green of fauna. ..It felt as if everything had been renewed, repainted on nature’s canvas ..all over again.

Mutton Meatball Soup, Sinfully Spicy

I walked back to the apartment, constantly admiring the crispness around me. Sun was fading behind the cloud cover, the dullness was getting an upper hand again. Stepping inside, I quietly settled myself in the kitchen, soup was the only thing on my mind. Whenever I have a desperate longing to nestle myself in a cozy blanket slurping on a steaming bowl of broth, this meatball soup is what I resort to. Not only is it comforting but intensely flavorful. I do not have big number of soup recipes in my repertoire but whatever handful are there, they are immensely satisfying. The only thing I am fussy about “my” kind of soups is that have to be clear & brothy.The thick, blended up, cream laden versions do not work for me.

Indian Spiced Mutton Meatball Soup, Sinfully Spicy

Dad always insists that this soup tastes better the next day. Amid cooking the meals to be eaten within in the next few hours, I saw mom mixing spices with the mince, pinching the meat, squeezing the balls, murmuring all the while about the non ending kitchen chores. Her kitchen was overly busy during winter evenings, soups were prefixed to regular meals, any one coming back from work or school wouldn’t settle without a bowl.

The soup preparation takes a little extra work, but since you will be making a pot full, it will last you for at least a day or two and yes dad is right, it tastes much best the next day. With a rolled chapati (indian flatbread) to dunk in, this can even make a super supper.

Mutton Meatball Soup

The recipe can be used with a variety of minced meats, I have tried it with mutton,lamb as well as chicken. Chicken balls cook the fastest and dry out if you don’t keep an eye, I personally did not prefer the taste much with lamb mince, the broth became too oily for our palate even after using a 80% lean mince, mutton worked the best- moist & most flavorful.

Printable Recipe

Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

For the meatballs (Makes about 15 balls of the size shown)

  • 1 lb minced mutton (You can use minced lamb, chicken, pork or beef)
  • 3 Thai green chillies (adjust to tolerance)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2″ fresh ginger shoot,finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oil (canola or vegetable)
  • 1 medium whole egg

For the Soup

  • 1.5 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup onion paste (I add roughly chopped red onion to blender & make a smooth paste adding little or no water)
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste( I use microplane to quickly mince 2-3 cloves of garlic & fresh, peeled shoots of ginger)
  • 1″ cinnamon stick
  • 1 small tejpatta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3/4 tsp kashmiri mirch powder (or paprika, adjust to tolerance)
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes, pureed in a blender
  • 3 tbsp thick dahi (plain yogurt)
  • 3.5-4 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Garnish – fresh cilantro leaves, fresh lemon juice (optional)

Method :-

In a bowl, place all the ingredients  for the meatballs. Using your fingers, lightly combine everything. Spread some oil on your palms and pinch balls of the mixture and line them on a plate. Cover with a cling film and refrigerate till ready to use.

Using a mortar & pestle or coffee grinder, coarsely grind black peppercorns, cloves, coriander seeds and cumin seeds. Set aside.In a wide-mouthed,pot (pot should be large enough so that all the meatballs can be placed in a single layer), on medium,heat oil to smoking point. Temper the oil with cinnamon stick & tejpatta. Wait for 10 seconds. Add the onion, garlic-ginger paste next, reduce heat to low,fry till you see it getting thick and changing color till the raw smell is gone,about 5-7 minutes.

Next, continuing on the low heat add the ground spices along with tomato puree, dahi and salt.Mix everything and fry for another 8-10 minutes or till you see oil separating on the sides of the pot. Add water next and on medium heat, check the seasoning and bring the broth to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce heat to low again and add the refrigerated meatballs into the simmering broth one by one. Cover the pot and let cook for 10-12 minutes.

Note:- I like meatballs  cooked through and hence the cooking time.You will need to adjust the time depending on how rare you like your meatballs or the tupe of mince meat used. To check whether the meatballs have cooked to your liking, after 5-7 minutes of simmering in the broth, using a fork take out one ball and cut into half. You will be able to decide on extra cooking time depending on how pink it is on the inside. 

Once done let sit covered for at least 1.5- 2 hours, undisturbed. Whenever ready to eat, reheat on low, discard the tejpatta & cinnamon stick, garnish with cilantro, squirt of fresh lemon juice and serve.

Enjoy & Thanks for stopping by!

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Comments

  1. Soup looks so flavourful, I love the wintry, rugged ambience in your photography, Gorgeous!

  2. Beautiful! !
    Such gorgeous pictures… im loving specially the last pic…
    And ofcourse delicious looking soup…

  3. I love this soup and the color is gorgeous! I too like a runny soup but a thick cream one with flavors works for me as well. I pretty much love soup any time :)

  4. tempting and super inviting .. ..wish to try it out

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  5. Superb post Tanvi!! The pictures are so gorgeous!! This soup is sure to warm up the coldest of days :)

  6. The soup looks delicious. I am also mostly a brothy, clear soup kinda gal.

  7. A gorgeous soup! It looks and sounds ever so tasty.

    I hate cold and rainy weather. I prefer snow in winter…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  8. wonder why you don’t post often. such beautiful photographs of the soup along with a narrative writing, make me feel that you should post often.

  9. This is beautiful. I like all kinds of soups but a spicy one is my most favorite. I wonder if i’ll be able to vegetarianize this in some way…

  10. Omg that looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it out! I have some minced meat in my freezer that would be perfect for this!

  11. who resist to that super tempting soup,definitely this soup is one of my fav,love to finish that bowl.

  12. Helle Tanvi,
    even as a Vegetarian I have to say that this soup just looks gorgeous! Amazing photos – and I like a lot the look of the bowl you present the soup in. Lucky that I found your beautiful blog which I would love to add it to my blogroll if you don’t mind.
    Best, Claudia

  13. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    My kids love meatballs (not necessarily spaghetti) and this soup sounds hearty and looks so good! Love your dark background photos… the soup stands out beautifully!

  14. this meatball recipe sounds so good and loved that brothy soup. I like soups of all kind- brothy, thick creamy :)

  15. That sounds delicious and hearty.

    And, oh, I wish it would rain here too. Its very sunny!

  16. I am so thrilled I found your blog. The recipes are amazing and the photographs are mouthwatering! I love meatballs and this version with mutton sounds delicious.

  17. wow. love these koftay – only you could make koftay look so beautiful! the ultimate comfort dish – my mom adds boiled eggs or potatoes to the dish too. :)

    i’m hoping the weather will stop being so gloomy here :(

  18. Wow!! The meatballs look so delicious!! The idea of using them in a soup is great!! Lovely snaps!! Do visit my blog at- http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

  19. I made this with moose meat. It was incredible.

  20. We’re in gloomsville here too – after a week of pure sun, it’s clouds for miles! This is such a beautiful dish, made even better by your knack for making comfort food look extraordinary. I appreciate your opinions on mutton/lamb/chicken. I thought about making it with chicken, but will avoid it since, as you said, it can get quite dry!

  21. Your pictures are beautiful. This looks heavenly.

  22. Your pictures are beautiful. This looks heavenly.

  23. Nice recipe the meatbal is a superb dish i love it alot. Thanks. Clickrecipe

  24. Surely gonna try this ….lovely clicks..

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