I don't know about you but I simple love goat liver aka "mete" in Bengali. Chicken liver -- not so much but Goat liver -- yum! My daughters freak out at the very idea that I am eating innards of an animal and refuse to even taste it. Having been fond of mete since a wee young child, I don't understand their reaction.
While "mete" was always thrown in when one bought goat meat back in the days, now I hear it has to be bought separately. The middle-eastern butcher shop where we get our meat does not always have liver available either but he obliges us on special requests. But then my daughters will not eat it so only rarely do we make a mete chorchori these days.
Now though I love mete, it is the husband-man who makes a mean mete charchari, a dry goat liver dish with spices and potatoes. He would make it often when I was pregnant with Big Sis and had a condition that made me anemic. Among the various food that were suggested to boost up my iron and RBC, were beets, spinach and goat liver.
I naturally preferred the goat liver. I mean come on, who wouldn't eat "mete charchari" when the doctor prescribes it in not-so-many-words?
However he refuses to give out a set recipe. So I took pictures to wing it later.
Though we prefer goat liver and make this only with goat liver, you can follow the same recipe for chicken liver. I find chicken liver needs more spices than goat liver, so adjust spices according to your taste.
This is the cast of characters,
As you can see, you need,
onion chopped in slices -- 1 and half onion
tomatoes -- looks like only 1 tomato to me,
potatoes in cubes,
garlic paste -- 2tsp,
ginger paste -- 2 tsp,
and green chillies -- lots of them
And of course the star -- Goat Liver (I had 1lb of it)
Our butcher chops up the liver in small pieces so all we have to do when we get it home is wash well.
Marinate the goat liver with
Red Chili Powder
Garlic paste -- 1 tsp
a tsp of Mustard oil
and leave aside for 30 mins.
Heat mustard oil in a kadhai or saucier
Add the potatoes. With a sprinkle of turmeric powder, fry the potatoes until they get golden brown spots. Remove and keep aside to add later.
1 Tej Pata
a 2" cinnamon stick
4 green cardamom
When the spices pop add the green chilies and onion. Fry until onion is brown and soft.
Next goes in the tomatoes, 1 tsp garlic paste and 1 tsp of ginger paste. Keep frying until the tomatoes are all mushed up and the raw smell is gone.
Now add the goat liver pieces and fry the liver at medium-high heat. You might need to sprinkle water in-between if you see the spices charring. Continue frying. This step is called koshano and will take some time until you see the liver pieces changing color to a deep brown.
Add the fried potato cubes and mix well. Add 1/4th tsp of Garam Masala powder and give a good stir.
Now add very little water and cover and cook. Cook until potatoes and liver is done.
It tastes best with ruti or parota. And of course rice.
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