Recipe : Long Prawn and Mikhail's Paya Soup
Stock Exchange lives on as our friends at Long Prawn help tease out the method for this family recipe.
There is nothing casual, spontaneous or accidental about soup. Even the most convenient broth, slurped on the run, is the descendent of an involved, deliberate and careful process.
Our friends at Long Prawn, whose loving research into the nature of broths and soups and the community they cultivate was due to be shared in bowls and cups as part of Stock Exchange, have shared with us—and you—the recipe for Paya. A traditional Hyderabadi (southern Indian) celebration soup, it sees young goat and lamb trotters bubble in a complex masala and tomato stock for eight hours before it is passed around, garnished with fresh coriander leaves and inhaled.
From the Urdu word for legs, Paya comes—in this specific recipe—from Mikhail Rodrick via a web of family and aunties in Mumbai, who have lovingly pieced together his grandmother's ingredients and process. A nourishing and delicious reminder of the power of broth to hold family history, it is ideal for these weeks of stunted, brisk fake-spring nights.
Been lumped with organising the annual Christmas party at the last minute? Never fear—you can tag along to this one. Long Prawn are putting on a community hall buffet with Sunday Salon for the festival season. Get along to A Country Practice Christmas to nosh on food, wine and art Saturday 11 December, 1—4PM.
Paya / Lamb Trotter Soup
By Mikhail Rodrick via his grandmother.
- 1kg of young goat and lamb trotters (other types of trotters can work too. Smoking trotters isn’t essential but is recommended)
- 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
- 1 tsp of cayenne chili powder
Dry masala mix
- 1tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
- 1tbsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/4 tsp garam masala
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 a fresh coconut, grated
- 2 onions
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp cayenne chili powder
- 2 curry leaves
- 3 green chillies
- 1/2 a garlic bulb
- 1 large piece of ginger
- small piece of tamarind
- 1 cinnamon quill
- 1 pinch clove buds
- 1 pinch cardamom pods
- 1/2 bunch coriander leaves, chopped
Clean trotters well.
Ensure trotters are well cleaned and washed. Season them with salt, turmeric powder and cayenne. Set aside.
In a large frypan, heat a splash of neutral oil over medium. Roast the aromatics in the oil until well browned. Let cool.
Add aromatic mixture to a wet grinder (you could also use a blender or food processor on pulse setting) to blend, adding a little water until it becomes a coarse paste.
Combine dry masala ingredients in a heavy-based stock pot. Add the paste and mix well. Over medium heat, add the seasoned trotters and 1.75L (7 cups) of water. Bring water to a boil, then lower to a simmer and let simmer for 8 hours.
Serve Paya garnished with chopped coriander leaves.
Soup Vessel — $15
Pick up this RISING vessel and put “single-use” in the bin, no wait, out of the bin. You know what we mean.
Thanks to Long Prawn and Lauren for hosting RISING and friends in her backyard. And very special thanks to Mikhail Rodrick for letting us share his grandmother Arlette's recipe with the wider world. Good soup.