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Mutton Yakhni

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There is nothing more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of mutton yakhni soup served with lemon on these cold nights. Best served immediately this soup recipe is the best recipe for this cold weather.
Mutton Yakhni

The joys of exploring the world through my taste buds! Today, my culinary journey takes me to the enchanting land of Kashmir, where every meal is a celebration of tradition and flavour. If there’s one dish that encapsulates the rich heritage of this region, it’s the heavenly mutton yakhni. The very mention of its name makes my taste buds tingle with excitement.

Before we dive into the tantalising details of this dish, let’s unravel the mystery behind its name. “Yakhni” is derived from the Persian word “Yakh,” which means “stock” or “broth.” So, essentially, yakhni is a delicate, aromatic broth infused with the essence of meat and a symphony of spices. It’s not just a soup; it’s a labour of love, slow-cooked to perfection.

The Ingredients That Make Yakhni Magical

Now, let’s delve deeper into the ingredients that contribute to the enchantment of mutton yakhni. Each component plays a crucial role in crafting the symphony of flavours that define this Kashmiri masterpiece.

Mutton – The Heart of Yakhni: At the heart of this dish lies the mutton, and it’s no ordinary meat. I insist on choosing the finest cuts of mutton, ensuring that each piece is a testament to tenderness and flavor. The mutton’s unique richness infuses the broth with a deep, savoury quality that makes every spoonful a culinary delight. Slow-cooked to perfection, it becomes so tender that it practically melts in your mouth, releasing a burst of savoury goodness.

The Spice Ensemble: Ah, the spices! This is where the magic truly begins. Picture this – the earthy, smoky notes of crushed black cardamom pods, the gentle heat of black peppercorns, the warm embrace of cinnamon, the aromatic allure of cloves, and the earthy depth of cumin seeds. Together, they form a captivating ensemble that elevates the broth to a sensory masterpiece. Each spice adds its own unique character, creating a tapestry of flavours that’s impossible to resist.

Allium Alchemy – Onion, Ginger, and Garlic: The allium trio – onion, ginger, and garlic – are the aromatic architects of the yakhni. They weave their magic through the broth, infusing it with layers of complexity. The onions lend a subtle sweetness, the ginger imparts a gentle warmth, and the garlic adds a robust depth. Together, they create a symphony of flavours that dances on your palate with every spoonful. Their presence is not just about taste but about aroma too, filling your kitchen with an irresistible fragrance.

The Fenugreek Secret – Methi: While the other ingredients take their bows, it’s the dried fenugreek leaves, or methi, that often work their magic in silence. Just a touch of these leaves transforms the this yakhni recipe, adding a subtle bitterness and earthiness that’s simply divine. Methi brings balance to the dish, preventing it from becoming overwhelmingly rich. It’s like the unsung hero that adds depth and complexity without demanding the spotlight.

As I prepare to savour another spoonful of mutton yakhni, I’m reminded of how each ingredient, carefully chosen and combined, contributes to the harmonious symphony of flavours in this Kashmiri classic. It’s a dish that’s not just about satisfying the appetite; it’s about celebrating the art of cooking and the magic of spices, all in one heartwarming bowl.

A Warm Hug for Your Tummy

Picture this: a chilly evening, a warm bowl of yakhni cradled in your hands, and the tantalising aroma swirling around you. As you take that first spoonful, you’re not just indulging your taste buds; you’re also nourishing your body and soul.

  • Protein Powerhouse: Mutton, the star of our yakhni show, is a superb source of protein. It’s lean, packed with essential amino acids, and provides the building blocks your body needs for muscle growth and repair. With each tender bite of mutton, you’re giving your body a hearty dose of this vital nutrient.
  • Nutrient Retention: The slow-cooking process employed in making yakhni is not just for flavour; it’s a masterstroke for nutrition too. Unlike some fast-cooking methods that can lead to nutrient loss, slow simmering allows the meat and spices to release their goodness into the broth. This means you’re getting the maximum nutritional benefits with every spoonful.
  • Spice Synergy: The array of spices in Yakhni isn’t just for adding depth of flavour; they also bring a wealth of health benefits to the table. Take ginger and garlic, for instance. They’re known for their immune-boosting properties and are often touted as natural remedies for colds and flu. So, with this healthy yakhni recipe, you’re not just enjoying a delicious meal; you’re giving your immune system a gentle nudge in the right direction.
  • Fenugreek Magic: Let’s not forget the magic of dried fenugreek leaves, or methi. They might appear unassuming, but their contribution to yakhni is far from modest. Fenugreek is celebrated for its anti-inflammatory properties and its role in regulating blood sugar levels. In my yakhni, it adds a subtle bitterness and earthy undertone that not only enhances the flavour but also contributes to your well-being.

Mutton Yakhni isn’t just a dish; it’s a comforting embrace on a plate. When you’re nestled under a blanket on a frosty evening, a bowl of this steaming goodness in your hands feels like a heartwarming hug from a loved one.

The rich, aromatic broth wraps around you, filling you with a sense of contentment and satisfaction. It’s food that doesn’t just nourish your body; it nurtures your soul, leaving you with a profound feeling of well-being and warmth. So, the next time you find yourself craving comfort and nutrition, remember the magical embrace of mutton yakhni awaits, ready to soothe your senses and lift your spirits.

What to Serve it With? A Royal Affair

In the picturesque valley of Kashmir, mutton yakhni is often served with fragrant, long-grain basmati rice. The fluffy rice perfectly complements the rich, aromatic broth, creating a royal feast fit for a king.

So there you have it – the enticing tale of mutton yakhni, a dish that beckons you with its mesmerizing aroma and leaves you craving for more. The next time you yearn for a taste of tradition and warmth, don’t forget to give this Kashmiri gem a try. Your taste buds will thank you, and your heart will be eternally grateful for the culinary journey.

Check Out My Other Recipes!

It’s only fitting that we explore some other delightful recipes that complement this exquisite dish. Just like a great ensemble cast in a movie, these recipes are the supporting actors that enhance the overall dining experience. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at our star-studded lineup

If you’re seeking a delightful alternative to mutton, chicken pulao is here to save the day! This fragrant, one-pot wonder combines succulent chicken pieces with aromatic spices and perfectly cooked rice. It’s like a well-orchestrated symphony of flavours. The tender chicken and fluffy rice dance together in a harmonious blend of spices, creating a dish that’s perfect for any occasion.

What’s a good meal without a comforting cup of tea, especially one as robust and flavourful as masala chai? This quintessential Indian beverage combines the soothing qualities of tea with the boldness of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger. Sipping on a steaming cup of masala chai can turn even the dreariest of days into a delightful experience.

Sometimes, all you need is a crispy, golden-brown aloo pakora to lift your spirits. These delightful potato fritters are coated in a besan (chickpea flour) batter, seasoned with spices, and deep-fried to perfection. The result? A crunchy, irresistible snack that’s the perfect companion for a rainy afternoon or an evening of relaxation.

To end your meal on a sweet note, zarda rice is the perfect choice. This aromatic dessert, known for its vibrant yellow hue, combines fragrant rice with butter, sugar, and a medley of nuts and dried fruits. It’s a symphony of textures and flavors that will leave your taste buds singing in delight.

Now, as you venture forth to explore these delectable recipes, remember to take your time in the kitchen. Cooking is an art, and every dish is a masterpiece waiting to be created. Don’t hesitate to put your own creative spin on these recipes, adding your personal touch to make them truly yours.

And here’s a final, crucial note: After you’ve tried one (or all) of these recipes, make sure to rate them and leave a comment. I love reading what you write!

Mutton Yakhni

Mutton Yakhni

A simple winter recipe, perfect for anyone coming down the flu. Warming, hearty and soothing, this lamb yakhni recipe is well loved by everyone. Even beginner chefs will master this Indian soup recipe.
4.41 from 5 votes
Sadia Halimah Aziz
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 254kcal


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 kg Mutton
  • 2 L Water
  • 4 Black Cardamom Pods crushed
  • 1 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 1- inch Cinnamon
  • 10 Cloves Laung
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 1 Onion
  • 1- inch Ginger
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Dried Fenugreek Methi


  • Add the oil into the pan and heat up on medium heat until hot
  • Add the black cardamom pods, whole black peppercorns, cinnamon, cumin seeds and cloves then sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant
  • Add the finely diced onions then cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes until softened
  • Add the crushed garlic and crushed ginger then cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the lamb then cook for 5 minutes until it changes colours
  • Add the salt, black pepper, garam masala and dried fenugreek then cook for another 6-8 minutes
  • Add the water then give it a quick stir before covering and cook on low-medium heat for 1 hour until the meat is tender and cooked through
  • Your mutton yakhni is ready!



Calories: 254kcal
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6 months ago

Asalamu Alaqum. You didn’t specify how much water to add.

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