Beef Curry

Beef curry has become my new favorite dish…

I love  the view I get to see while sitting in my home, it’s an open concept house with lots of windows and glass doors. Looking out into the backyard from the living room, I get to watch the plants that I’d planted sway in the wind, birds roaming around aimlessly and feeding on the grass seeds, green grass that carpets the ground, I never get bored of this view. I’d a reading weekend, so I stayed in my cozy home while my man roamed around in his motorcycle. These days I cannot completely focus on one thing, way too many distractions haunt me. At times, I wish if I could go back to those times when there was no internet and all all these technology which connects us to everyone in the blink of an eye. Wish I could unplug for a few days, hmm…

On a second thought, if I unplug I wouldn’t be able to share the recipes with you all, I wouldn’t be able to update my thoughts on FB, I wouldn’t be able to tweet, upload pictures on Instagram. Wow, I’ll be missing so many things.

Well, back to this recipe. I usually make chicken or mutton(goat) curry, with beef I mostly make beef roast or beef stir fry or meat loaf. If I make non-vegetarian dish, it’s mostly with lean chicken breasts. So,once in a while when I have beef it tastes so much better. The other day, I made beef curry instead of roasting or stir frying it. I cannot say how much my man and I loved this beef curry. The next day, my man was looking in the refrigerator for any leftovers, but in vain.

Beef Curry

Beef Curry – Kerala Style made in a Pressure Cooker
 
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Recipe type: Curry
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 5 People
Ingredients
To Grind
  • Small onions, halved- 3, large
  • Garlic- 4 cloves medium
  • Ginger- 2 inch slice
  • Cardamom, whole- 2
  • Cloves, whole- 2
  • Cinnamon- 2 inch slice
While cooking
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Onion, chopped long and thin- 2, medium
  • Tomato, chopped- 2
  • Beef, stew cut- 1 lb or ½ Kg
  • Mint leaves- 6 leaves
  • Kashmiri red chilly powder- 1 tsp
  • Regular chilly powder- ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 1½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Water-1/4 cup
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
Instructions
  1. In a blender or coffee grinder, grind the above mentioned ingredients “to grind” to a coarse paste. Keep aside.
  2. Wash the beef under running water. To remove the blood from the beef: you could soak the beef in water along with a few pinches of turmeric powder and keep aside for 5 minutes. Wash under running water and keep aside.
  3. Place a pressure cooker over medium heat, add oil.
  4. Add onions to oil, add a few pinches of salt, saute till it turns light golden in color.
  5. Add the ground small onion, ginger-garlic, whole garam masala paste to the onions. Saute for a few minutes till the raw smell goes away.
  6. Add tomato, saute for a few minutes.
  7. Add the beef, combine well.
  8. Add mint leaves, Kashmiri red chilly powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, fennel powder, turmeric powder and ground pepper to the beef, combine well.
  9. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  10. Add ¼ cup water and close the pressure cooker, place the whistle on the cooker.
  11. Cook over medium heat till 4 whistles, as beef takes longer time to cook.
  12. Remove the cooker from the heat, let the pressure subside and open the lid.
  13. Place the cooker again over medium heat, if the gravy is too watery, you could cook for a few minutes to thicken it.
  14. Ladle the beef curry into a bowl, and serve with chapati, naan, appam, orotti, pathiri, rice etc. This curry goes well with almost anything.
  15. You could even combine the beef curry with pasta.