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Paya For The Soul

Who'd have thought that the hooves of an animal would make for a delicious and healthy dish. Paya is a soup made from the trotters of cows, buffalos, goat or sheep. Spices and herbs are added to this making a soulful broth like soup.

This Indo-Pakistani dish is made with onions, tomatoes, ginger and masalas. It's probably the use of these masalas that make this dish a great one for cold days. Or for a cold. It has a way of clearing up nasal passages as is masalas wont.

The paya (literally legs in Urdu) is usually cooked over a slow, coal fire for many hours till all the flavours are extracted from the meat.