Crispy Pata


1 Pata (you could use front or hind leg of a pig including the knuckles)

1 can of lemon based soda drink (7Up or sprite)

1 tablespoon of salt

1 teaspoon of pepper

5 tablespoons of flour

1 cup of cooking oil

2 liters of water


Start by cleaning your pork leg.  With the aid of a sharp knife remove the hair by scraping it off gently on the surface.  Wash thoroughly.  You can rub it with some rock salt to remove the unpleasant odor.  Make some four cuts on the surface of the leg of about 3 to 4 inches wide.  If you have a crock pot or pressure cooker this will help you to cook the pata (leg) much faster.  If not any thick casserole covered will do.  Put your water and some rock salt.  Add your pork leg and let it boil.  The leg should be completely submerged into the water.  After the first boil add your soda drink on to your pot.  This will help you cook them faster and with a bit sweet taste.  Continue simmering until your leg is cook.  It will normally take around 1 hour to 2 hours depending on the pot you are using.  The best way is to check regularly its tenderness by picking a fork on it.  Once the leg is cook, let it dry and drip off all the liquide for a minimum of 3 hours.  It is preferable to fry them the next day.  In a deep frying pan for your cooking oil and fry it until its golden brown on all sides.  You can serve this with a sauce of vinegar  chopped chili pepper .

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