Trotters for dinner!

As soon as I got out of bed last Wednesday, all I could think of was paya (trotters). I asked my mom for the recipe once and successfully made the dish but some how I just couldn’t remember how she made it! The idea of forgetting mom’s home cooked paya recipe freaked me out badly, so the next thing I found myself doing was calling her up to beg for the recipe.
I rushed to “Farid’s super store” to buy trotters but to no avail, due to them being out of stock. I had to then rush to “Meat one” and thank goodness they had them loads of them.
The purchase include cow’s trotter, goat’s trotter, goat’s brain and humans, oh I meant hummus. 😛

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Paya is a Pakistani dish and is considered to be a very difficult dish to cook. Allow me to bust that myth today. I’ll show you how easy and simple this dish is with the help of a pressure cooker.

Things you will need : (for 10 people)
20 goat’s trotters
1 cow’s trotter (optional)
2 goat’s brain (optional)
2 litres of water
2 cup oil
1/2 kg fresh tomato purée or chopped tomatoes
1/2 kg sliced onions
2 tbsp garlic paste
2 tbsp ginger paste
1 tbsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp red chilli powder ( reduce to 1 tbsp for those who like it mild)
1 tbsp garam masala
4 cardamom
1 tbsp coriander seed powder
2 tbsp whole white cumin seeds
5 tbsp sesame seeds
Sea Salt to taste
Sliced lemon, green chillies, coriander and sliced ginger to be served as condiment along with this dish.

Step 1
Wash the trotters and flame grill them to burn away the hair bits to ash, you sure do not want any of those hair in your gravy. 🙂
Wash them again to remove all the unwanted ash.
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Step 2
In a pressure cooker fry garlic and ginger paste until golden brown then add in the onions and fry until golden brown. Once this is done add in the tomatoes and cook until everything becomes a paste, stir constantly to avoid sticking to the base.
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Step 3
Add in all the spices except for the sesame seeds then put in all the trotters and stir until you smell the aroma of the bones.

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Step 4
Roast the sesame seeds in a fry pan and then crush them. Put them into the pressure cooker, pour water to cover everything and then add salt.
Lock the pressure cooker and let it cook on low flame for 1 hour.
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Step 5

Turn the stove off and wait for the whistle to stop. Open the pressure cooker only after making sure all the steam and pressure has escape. Now let it cook on high flame to evaporate and thicken the gravy . Boil the brain and clean it then put it in the gravy. Check the goats trotter bones, it should become so soft that you are able to bite into it. Simmer for 15 minutes and it’s ready!

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Yup it’s ready to be served! With ginger, chillies, lemon and coriander condiments! Told you it’s simple.

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