Kaleji paya rassa

kaleji paya

A big achivement this summer was that my younger one finally learned to ride a bike, much to his delight. He began learning to ride at 4. But he never managed to balance himself on a bicycle that had training wheels. Then one of the training wheels broke, and he went around riding the bike, lop sided. One day Mr L8H took the remaining wheel off, and Juniour would not sit on it. Period. We even bought a brand new shiny bike, but no use. He wanted one that had ‘wheels’.

Few years passed. Finally he again wanted to ride (rest of the kids in the neighborhood are often out on their bikes. Me thinks that has got something to do with this burning desire).
So we bought him a bike of his size. Now old enough to understand that wheels were not really helping, he got to work. Deligently. But he could hardly get up on it.

A couple of weeks passed. Several pairs of knee pads, elbow pads, and many whiny efforts later, he declared biking was not for him.

This was getting serious. I looked around, and came across a small bike on a trading site, 16 inches, the kind he rode with training wheels (the previous one got lost in moving). I bought it, and took him to the side of our yard that has a hill, and asked him ride it down the slope, using his feet as breaks.

Two days later, he was zipping up and down the road leading to our house. He spent entire evenings trying to perfect his new found skill.

Two weeks later, he went with his brother to a store mile down the road.

Following week, he asked if he could ride his bike to school. Not yet kiddo, not yet. Soon.

kaleji paya 1

‘Kaleji’ means liver. This is an extremely healthy goat meat bone (trotters) and liver soup. If you are fond of goat meat, this is a great dish, light, refreshing and full of flavor.


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Kaleji paya rassa
1 lbs goat liver and heart 1 lbs goat trotters (just the bones, without the hoove part) 2 large onions sliced fine plus one small onion halved 2 large tomatoes chopped 1 tsp giner paste 1 tsp garlic paste ¼ tsp fennel seeds 1 tbso kasoori methi 3 green cardamoms plus 2 more 2 black cardamoms 4 cloves 10-12 black pepper beads sprnkling of black pepper !/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 lbs goat liver and heart
  • 1 lbs goat trotters (just the bones, without the hoove part)
  • 2 large onions sliced fine plus one small onion halved
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp giner paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbso kasoori methi
  • 3 green cardamoms plus 4 more
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 4 cloves plus 2 more
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 10-12 black pepper beads
  • sprnkling of black pepper
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 3 tbsp oil
  1. Add the trotters (bones) in 6-10 cups of water, 1 small onion halves, 1 tsp salt, 4 cardamoms and 2 cloves and 1 bayleaf. Pressure cook for 10 minutes. Reserve 2 cups of stock, and refrigerate the rest.
  2. Heat oil and fry onions till golden.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste. Stir in rest of the whole spices and fennel.
  4. Fry liver. It should start changing color and gain golden spots.
  5. Add tomatoes, soften, and lower the flame.
  6. Spoon yogurt and let it get absorbed.
  7. Put in 'kasoori methi'
  8. Add bones and stock. Cook till done.
Note: Don't overcook the liver, it will harden and get a rubbery texture.

9 comments for “Kaleji paya rassa

  1. October 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    I hated watching my children learn to ride a bike. They were scraped, scratched, scabbed and frustrated. Until that magic moment when they found the secret to balance.

    Interesting dish. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten goat trotters before – with or without hooves!
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    • October 13, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      I have never had the hooves. But I loved the trotters since I was a child sick with something and my Mom would cook it everyday to nurse me back to health.Thanks Maureen 🙂

  2. October 9, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Haha I have never learnt to ride a bike – seems I am owed a few bruises and scrapes 😛
    What a wonderful stew, so hearty and healthy!

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  3. October 12, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Minnie you are great mum. It’s good that you supported him with this and didn’t give up. =)
    I don’t remember if I ever had goat… I am really not sure but your dish looks so hearty a nutritious, you can invite me once to try it.

  4. October 12, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Thankfully, my children managed to ride bikes just fine, I however, remember my scrapes, cuts and bruises. I was so ready to give up!
    I’ll be honest, I’m not a kaleji or paya fan. I love the shorba and I would just dip my naan in the sauce. Even now, I don’t make this, I’ll make Nehari with beef shanks or oxtail, still only eating the sauce! The kids eat the meat. My dad loves paya and my mother would make it regularly much to my dismay!
    But it really has great flavour and yours does look very aromatic and delicious.
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  5. October 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Trying to learn to ride with training wheels just didn’t work for me. Once they were off, though, I learned pretty quickly (although my knees and elbows did suffer a bit!). Anyway, really nice dish. We don’t have goat often enough, and it’s really good. Better than lamb!
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  6. October 22, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Goat liver and heart huh?!?!?! Well, I am always up from trying some exotics! 😉
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  7. October 31, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    This mouth watering dish has made me crazy. I must cook this weekend.

  8. savitha
    February 16, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Curry looks so good. Vey new to me.

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