This recipe goes out for my dear friend from the glorious days of single hood, Snigs, who requested for this recipe. And also to Agendra, another close friend from my days as a professional struggler, who in spite of many requests to enjoy this dish, couldn’t get a taste of it.
- Ingredients for Fried Lamb Liver or Kaleji (serves 2 people):
- Lamb’s liver in small pieces: 250 gms, washed and drained of water.
- Curry leaves dried: 2
- Finely chopped onions: 2
- Finely chopped tomatoes: 2
- Grated ginger: ½ tsp
- Grated garlic: ½ tsp or 3 large cloves
- Slit green chillies: as per taste
- Whole garam masala (big cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, and clove : a few of each
- Whole cumin seeds (zeera): ½ tsp
- Turmeric powder: ¼ tsp
- Meat masala: ½ tsp
- Salt: as per taste
- Oil or Ghee: 4 tbsp
- Spring onion, coriander for garnishing
- Soya sauce: ½ tsp for taste and color (optional)
Heat oil in a pan and add the whole garam masala. When the garam masala splutters, add the curry leaves, and the whole cumin seeds. Add the finely chopped onions and allow it to take a reddish-brown tinge. Add finely chopped garlic and ginger and stir. Add the turmeric powder and the finely chopped tomatoes, and slit chillies. Let the tomatoes simmer till the oil starts separating from the onion-tomato mixture. At this stage, put in the liver pieces and mix well into the onion-tomato masala.
Cover the pan with a lid and allow to cook for 10 minutes on low heat. After 10 minutes, sprinkle the Meat masala and the salt, and slowly stir to mix the masala and liver pieces. Cover the pan again and let cook for 5-7 minutes. If you want, stir in the Soya sauce, and remove from heat. Let it stay for a couple of minutes. Garnish with chopped spring onions and coriander. You can also garnish with deep fried onion rings. When serving as a snack and not with roti, remove the curry leaves, and any whole cardamom outer coverings.
This is a perfect accompaniment to White wine. So, pop the cork and enjoy a mid-afternoon lazy Sunday with fried liver. I am doing the same at this moment, and reminiscing on the good old days of singledom and freaky friends.