Thursday 17 March 2016

Nenju Elumbu Soup Recipe/Maarkandam Soup/Mutton Bone Soup - South Indian Mutton Bone Soup/Perfect Soup For Cold & Cough/Mutton Bone Soup with step by step photos

Are you on the lookout for a comfort food, then yes here it is – Nenju elumbu soup/maarkanda ellumbu soup/mutton bone soup. My mom always makes soup during weekends and serves it as mid-morning snack. Not just this soup, she also makes nenju ellumbu sambar which I will be posting soon. You can add this soup to white rice, mix thoroughly and feed it for babies (above 8 months). I used to feed my kids mutton and chicken soup after they turned 8 months old, and they used to love it.  Just adjust the spice level if you are feeding it for babies, you can add few drops of ghee and feed them.  This is an excellent remedy for cold, cough, for people recovering from illness and builds strong immune system. Not just that it can be served during cold winter days which in turn refresh your mind and body. The perfect blend of spices cooked along with the bones makes it flavourful and irresistible. Do try out this traditional and authentic Nenju Ellumbu Soup and post your comments. Also check out other interesting and mouthwatering Chicken Varuvals/Fry/Biryanis/Gravies etc hereMutton/goat Meat Recipes,Fish & Egg Recipes

Here’s how to make Nenju Elllumbu soup with step by step photos…
Nenju Elumbu/Maarkandam Elumbu
200 gm
Coriander Powder/Malli Thool
1 tbsp
Ginger & Garlic Paste
2 tsp
Turmeric Powder
½ tsp
As needed
Lemon Juice
½ tsp adjust to taste

For Grinding
1 [chopped]
Garlic cloves
Black Pepper /Milagu
1 tsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeeragam
1 tsp
Dry Red Chillies
Green Chillies
2 slit length wise

For Tempering
2 tsp
Cinnamon Sticks/Pattai
Curry Leaves
Preparation time: 10 minutes                             Recipe Category: Appetizer
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes                              Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, India       
Serves: 5-6
Author: Priya Anandakumar


Wash the bones/nenju ellumbu / maarkanda ellumbu thoroughly with water. If you are using regular mutton bones, smash with a mortar and pestle  before starting to cook.

In a pressure cooker add the nenju ellumbu/maarkanda ellumbu, 2 cups of water, ginger & garlic paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix thoroughly.

Cook for about 4-5 whistles and switch off the stove. Wait for the steam to release.

Grind the ingredients mentioned under “for grinding” table - onion, green chilli, red chilli, garlic cloves, black pepper, cumin seeds and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a deep pan, temper cinnamon sticks, cloves, elachi and wait for nice flavour to arise.

Add the ground onion paste and saute for about a minute or until raw smell vanishes.

Now add the chopped tomatoes, curry leaves and saute really well.

Add the cooked nenju elumbu along with the water. If needed you can one more cup of water and boil it for 5-6 minutes. Now switch off the stove.

Yes, delicious, aromatic, healthy and tempting Nenju ellumbu soup is ready to be enjoyed.
Finally drizzle few drops of lemon juice and serve this soup hot in a bowl.

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  1. Hi Priya,

    This dish looks awesome. I will definitely cook this for my 9mo daughter. I have a question for you. Do you have any list of dishes for babies. Thanks in advance.

    You are doing an awesome job for humanity. Keep Rocking !!!


  2. I tried the soup, it's taste good. Thanks

  3. Tastes very gud.My family liked this soup.


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