Marag – Hyderabadi Lamb Soup and The Hyderabadi Bridal dress

Delicious Hyderabadi Lamb stew
Marag: Delicious Lamb soup from Hyderabad

Marag is a delicious soup served in almost every Hyderabadi wedding along with Roomali roti or Naan(breads).It is made with lamb shanks and lamb breasts which are slow cooked in huge pots over fire till the meat is tender,succulent and almost falls apart. Authentically, ghee and cream are added to Marag for a rich and fragrantly flavorful taste and slow cooked over charcoals (dum), but you can substitute ghee with vegetable oil and cream with milk if you want a healthier option. However, if you are making it for the first time, I suggest you follow the recipe exactly to get a taste of an epicurean delight. And of course, since cooking over charcoals is impractical at home, you can cook it in a pressure cooker or just slow cook it on low heat for a couple of hours till mutton is tender.

Marag (Lamb soup)

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 500 g mutton with bone(lamb shanks and/or breast)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 2 big onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves/cilantro
  • 6-8 green chilies according to taste, chopped fine

Marinate mutton with salt and 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste for half an hour. Add the remaining ingredients.

Then chose one of the two options listed below:

  1. Put the meat along with other ingredients in a pressure cooker.Add enough water and cook till tender.
  2. Put the meat along with other ingredients in a large pot with enough water and cook over low heat till meat is tender. This could take a couple of hours depending on the quality of lamb.I always buy mutton from young lamb. It cooks faster and is tastier.

Second set of Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tbsp. ghee or vegetable shortening
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamom
  • 2 one inch cinnamon sticks
  • 1 big onion sliced fine and fried crisp
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp. chopped coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. Garam masala powder*
  • 1/4 cup cream

In a deep and heavy bottom pan/vessel, heat the oil and ghee together. Lower the heat and add the spices one by one. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute till it turns aromatic.

Add the cooked meat along with its stock. Add fried onion,coriander leaves,garam masala powder. Add water if stock seems less. We are basically looking for approximately one liter (1000 ml)of soup. Cover and simmer till oil floats on surface and the soup looks shiny.

Now add cream and turn off the heat. Serve hot in individual soup bowls along with any bread available with you. The breads soak up the soup beautifully.

Garnish with crisp fried onions and a swirl of cream.

*Garam Masala powder is available in Indian stores. If you can’t get it just powder 2 cardamoms, 1 clove and 1 inch cinnamon stick.


Also Check out this yummy Hyderabadi dessert made with Apricots and a Hyderabadi fish curry:

Khubani ka Meetha-Apricot dessert


Hyderabad Fish curry and Lac bangles

Hyderabadi Fish curry
Hyderabadi Fish curry


Hyderabadi Bridal Dress:

The traditional bridal dress of Hyderabad is known as Khada dupatta. 

‘It is an elaborate wedding ensemble comprising a kurta (tunic), chooridaar (extra-long slim pants that gather at the ankles), and a 6-yard dupatta(stole or veil).

Sometimes the kurta is worn with a long, lightweight sleeveless overcoat or a shorter koti, a bolero-like waistcoat. The brides wears a matching ghoonghat (veil) over the head.

The dupatta is usually made of net material and embroidered with zardozi work. The border of the dupatta has masala or a ribbon border with embroidered golden motifs.'(

Hyderabadi bride wearing the traditional khada dupatta
Hyderabadi bride wearing the traditional khada dupatta-pic courtesy-Google




49 thoughts on “Marag – Hyderabadi Lamb Soup and The Hyderabadi Bridal dress

      1. Oh no, don’t get too emotional cause then you will have me crying Haha. I show my gratitude to you lol. You and your blog are beautiful. Your support and love of me are also a beautiful thing 💋💞💖👍

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      1. I am sure -I can almost taste the deliciousness with your recipe! btw, I also liked your idea of posting Chinese recipes together, so they are great when planning a dinner menu!

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      2. Yeah!That was my sis in laws idea. She wanted me to post menus of different cuisines. I started with Chinese because I had justify enough recipes on my blog. Thanks again for liking it 💕

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  1. I’m throwing away all my recipe books because everything I want to cook is on this website. Plus all the recipes are soooo good! I’ve tried most of them and everyone in my house and my friends love them!

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    1. That’s a such an awesomely kind thing to say 💕 Thank you. Just yesterday I bought a pack of lasagne and cant help remembering your delicious dish. Lots to learn from you. And if you are serious about the recipe books, I am coming over to your place with a big carton 😍


    1. If you love lamb you will definitely love this soup. But please make sure the mutton is from young lamb.It makes a lot of difference to the dish plus saves time.


    1. Haha. I love the idea of being related. You will be surprised to know my fathers mother was from Persia, all the more chances of being related. Thank you so much ☺ You made my day.


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