Thursday, February 11, 2010
Liq liq (Jellied hoof and meat soup)
"Liq liq" is very famous meal in Uzbekistan, it is very useful meal for bones as it contains natural gelatin. It's a good cure for broken bones, as it helps them to restore.
1 kg of hoof, well cleaned and broke in 2-3 pieces
300 gr of meat, cut in medium pieces
3 liters of cold water
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 onions, peeled
3 eggs, hard boiled
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp of ground coriander
Some fresh chopped coriander or dill
Put hoof and meat in cold water and bring to boil over high heat, scoop out all the foam, reduce and half cover the lid. Let it simmer for 4 hours, stir occasionally. If you are using a big hoof, you have to boil it a little longer, like 5 hours, if you take hoof of a young animal you can boil it for 4 hours. If the hoof is big, ask your butcher to half it in 3-4 pieces. After 4 hours put in carrots and whole onions. Let it simmer for another 1 hour, add in salt, cumin seeds and ground coriander. After take out all the hoof bones and meat out and separate flesh from bones. Cut the meat in small pieces. You can also put them in food processor and blend them. (The first picture that I posted here is with chopped meat and flesh, the second one is with blended meat and flesh. You can see that if you chop meat and flesh the "Liq liq" will be clear in color, while blended one is smooth in color).
Now take out onions and carrots from soup. Pour soup through sieve as it can contain small bones in it. Then add in blended or chopped meat and hoofs flesh. Mix them well with soup. Slice hard boiled eggs in circles or in small cubes and put to the bottom of hot proof dish, sprinkle some chopped greens, put some carrot that you have taken out from soup and pour soup over. Continue with the rest of the soup, every time putting some egg, carrot and chopped greens to the bottom and pouring soup over them. Use your imagination, choosing your favorite ingredient to decorate, like corn, beans or something else:)
Let them cool then put in fridge for at least 5 hours. Then take out and run the knife over the edge of the dish and place "Liq liq" on plate and enjoy:)