What is winter without the customary bowl of Paya for any carnivore? Warm and delightful, this protein-rich dish, made with slow-cooked lamb trotters, garlic, ginger and other spices, is nourishing and satiating this season. A bowl of thick Paya Soup or Stew, can be a meal in itself and gives you the requisite warmth too. Delightful to the palate of carnivores, not too many restaurants serve this delicacy, but the ones who do, make a mouth-watering one. My top 5 places for this soup across the city:
Punjab Grill, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
Known for its robust North Indian food, Punjab Grill serves one of the best paya soups in Mumbai. Infused with saffron and ginger and served with a kulcha, this flavourful Mutton Paya Shorba here, is an unparalleled treat. The flavours are well-balanced and the spices add the right zest. Creamy, yet light in texture, this bowl of soup leaves you satisfied immediately.
Mini Punjab - Lake Side, Powai, Central Mumbai
One can look forward to a well-made Paya Soup here. The thick soup is robust and hearty and the flavours entice the palate immediately. Endowed with pronounced mutton flavours, meat lovers are bound to relish this fragrant concoction.
Urban Tadka, R Mall, Mulund West
The Paya Shorba here is flavourful and comforting. The mutton flavours are distinct and yet, not overpowering. The spices offset the meaty flavours. Affordably priced, this soup can be the perfect way to start a meal.
Known for its delicious food from across India, this place offers a paya shorba that you cannot miss. The slow-cooked, Yakhni Paya Shorba here, with a dash of mint, is bursting with flavours. Hearty and filling, it is extremely satisfying and can be a substitute for a meal.
Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Durbar, Mahim, South Mumbai
A rustic Paya Shorba is what you can expect to relish here. A no-frills presentation, this tangy ad light soup with smoked mutton, is spot-on in terms of its flavour quotient and appeases your palate instantly.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.