Paya – Beef leg soup and a moment of silence

It is hard to fathom the Sandy Hook tragedy as a parent.  Governor Dan Malloy of Connecticut has asked for a national moment of silence this Friday, December 21, 2012, exactly one week after the shootings at the Sandy Hook school. Church bells throughout Connecticut will ring 26 times at 9:30 a.m. EST in honor of the victims.  In times of tragedy, we all want to do something.  If you can, please observe a moment of silence tomorrow or honor the victims in your own way.

To those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you happy holidays! For others this time of the year is still special with the holidays away from school and work. This is a time we have a lot of family time. Many friends and family get togethers.

Paya 1

Paya is Bangladeshi soup prepared from beef or goat legs. Cooking the legs slowly turns the meat into a delicious dish. The taste of this soup is divine and the meat, marrow and fat from the legs melt in your mouth. I love the soup as is or with paratha. You can serve with naan or any other bread as well.

 

Paya 3

The key to good Paya soup is the initial simmering. If you have a pressure cooker, the time can be reduced. Without a pressure cooker, I would simmer for 3-4 hours. Even though the preparation time is lengthy, the prepared dish is well worth it. Last time when I prepared paya, I served to my 16 month old and she loved it.

Paya 2

During the holidays this will be one of the meals I plan to serve my family.  What are you planning to serve your family?

Paya 4

Click to view Paya recipe

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