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Leitao, Pigling Roast

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Quantity: Measure: Ingredients: Description:
1 Nos. Pigling (Pork) 4-5 kg prepare for roast
1-2 Nos. Pork - Kidney of the pigling
1 Nos. Pork - Heart of the pigling
1 Nos. Pork - liver of the pigling
8 Large Chillies Kashmir Ground Masala for stuffing
2 Inch Ginger (Adhrak) Ground Masala for stuffing
8 Nos. Pepper Corns Ground Masala for stuffing
1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder Ground Masala for stuffing
1 Teaspoon Jeera (Cumin Seeds) Ground Masala for stuffing
1 Teaspoon Mustard Seed (Sarson) Ground Masala for stuffing
2 Stalks Cinnamon (Dalchini) Dry masala ground in vinegar
3 Nos. Cardamom Powder Dry masala ground in vinegar
1/2 Kilogram Potatoes Boiled and cut
1/2 Large Green Peas (Matar) Boiled
2 Nos. Cloves (Lavang) Dry masala ground in vinegar
10 Flakes/Cloves Garlic (Lason, Losun) Sliced for frying
1/4` Kilogram Onions Finely chopped
250 Grams Bread Crumbs or cubed slices.
200 Grams Raisins for stuffing
100 Grams Lard/Fat For frying
  As Required Salt To apply on pigling
  As Required Chilly Powder, Red To sprinkle
  As Required Turmeric Powder To sprinkle
  As Required Maida, Refined Weat Flour To sprinkle


Preparing the pigling - 4-5 kg

Kill a suckling pigling. Pour boiling water over it, a little at a time, and remove the hair with a razor, and then dry outer skin by scraping the hot surface with a knife as quickly as possible. When the skin is cleaned, make a slit down the belly. Remove entrails. Keep aside the heart, liver and kidneys Wash and remove all stains of blood.   Clean inside thoroughly. Also clean the ears and nose well. Wash the pigling in several rinses of cold water.

Preparing the Stuffing:

Grind dry spices using vinegar.  Chop garlic and ginger. Dice potatoes. Chop onions. Cut  into fine pieces the liver, heart and kidney. (These should be cleaned well by soaking in salt water to remove blood).  Heat fat. Fry onion, garlic and ginger. Add ground spices  and fry for a few minutes longer. Add vegetables, chopped organ meat and breadcrumbs and mix well.
Grind masala with above ingredients for the stuffing

Preparation for Baking

Grind the masala for stuffing and prepare the dry masala from the ingredients given above.

Stuff in the prepared stuffing into the slit belly of the pigling. Stitch, using a trussing needle and strong thread. Apply salt all over. Set the pig on the roasting tray (set the pig’s forelegs forward, straight out from the carcass and the hind legs out backwards in the same manner) and brush with 1-2 tablespoons of oil or dripping (to make the crackling crisp).  Place the  roasting tin in an oven and  roast at 350F (175C) basting frequency. When done, remove and immediately sprinkle over with chilly powder and turmeric (the heat of the roast pigling will cook the spices). Set aside the roasted pilging in a serving platter.

With the help of a fork and knife ( do not use fingers) slice the meat  very neatly and fry these pieces in ghee or fat in a frying pan.

Arrange the meat slices on a flat dish, sprinkle the gravy that is left in the pan over the meat and surround the meat with salad.

Optional 2
Add flour, chilly powder and turmeric powder to the juices left in the baking tin, and fry for a couple of minutes. Add water and vinegar and bring to a boil. Simmer till gravy consistency is reached.

Carve the pig. Arrange the stuffing on a serving platter with the carved meat on top  and surround the meat with salad.   Use the gravy prepared last,and  serve it  as gravy;  strain it and skim off the fat; pass separately in a gravy bowl.


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