September 30, 2019
From almost all parts of the body of an animal, feet have the most flavor and goat feet in particular. In Pakistani cuisine, ‘paya’ (goat or beef feet) are used in a soupy curry that is scooped up with a naan or a roti. There are endless variations to this so here is more of a rough guide on how to use the paya.
Serves 4 to 6
1 pound goat paya
4 quarts (16 cups) of water
Spices, use a combination of 2_
2 sticks cinnamon
10 to 12 green cardamom pods
5 to 6 cloves
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
Generous pinch of saffron
Vegetables, use a combination of 2_
2 cups butternut squash, chopped into 1-inch squares
2 cups of peeled carrots, chopped into 1-inch squares
2 cups of potatoes, chopped into 1-inch squares
2 cups turnips, chopped into 1-inch squares
Herbs, use a generous handful of one or two_
Mint, cilantro, basil, flat leaf parsley, rosemary, or sage
Bring the paya with water to a boil in a large stockpot. Lower the heat, cover the stockpot and simmer for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
Tie the spices in a cheesecloth or stuff into a tea infuser and add to the soup 2 to 3 hours before it is finished.
About 2 hours before serving the soup, add the vegetables and continue simmering until tender.
Chop up the herbs and add to the soup just before serving.
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