Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mutton Bone Soup | Nenju Elumbu Soup (Nenjelumbu Soup) | Maarkandam Soup

Preparation time : 10 minutes     
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves 4 
Difficulty :  Easy

Mutton bone soup or Maarkandam Soup or Nenjelumbu soup is a clear soup, it is otherwise called "Nenju Elumbu Charu" and very good for all ages especially for growing children and very easy to make. I used to make this soup at least once in a month. I prefer this soup compared to broiler chicken . But today doctors, dieticians advice us not to take mutton. Children also like chicken and we don’t have any other choice than taking chicken. But the aroma of Country chicken soup  itself will tempt us to drink, that would be that much flavourful and healthy.

It was a practice in olden days to have this soup after taking oil bath on Saturdays. Nowadays, oil bath concept has faded away and  no one seems to apply oil on their scalps.  My grandma used to say that Nenjelumbu i.e bone from the chest portion of the goat does not have much fat and it is good for people suffering from cold and back pain , feeding mothers and those who are  recovering from illness/surgery.

  • Mutton bone    - 250 gms
  • Toor  dhal        - 1 tbsp
  • Shallots – 10 Nos. or Big onion (finely  chopped)– 1 No.
  • Tomato            (finely chopped)         - 2 Nos.
  • Ginger – garlic paste  - 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves ( finely chopped) – a handful
  • Pepper –Jeera powder – 1 tbsp
  • Salt as required
            Add cleaned  bone and dhal in a pressure cooker , add all the above ingredients along with 3 cups of water for about 10 minutes in slow fire. Leave the pressure to subside on its own so that the juice from the bone  gets extracted into the soup. Then open the pressure cooker, check for spice, salt and water. If you want more soup, then add some more water, pepper-jeera powder and salt accordingly. Bring it to one more boil , then switch off. Serve the soup hot with Mutton Kola Urundai!!

Tags: Markandam soup, Nenju elumbu soup, Nenju elumbu charu, Rib bone soup, goat rib bone soup, nenjelumbu charu, mutton bone soup, markandam pepper soup, elumbu soup, elumbu charu, mutton soup


  1. Nice.While considering the children's health, we have to give this soup monthly twice or thrice. thanks for such nice tips.

  2. yes, it is good to have every week but we should encourage our kids to engage in physical activities because child obesity is a major concern now a days