Friday, July 29, 2011

Beef Chilli Fry

Although we don't eat a lot of red meat too often for health reasons (limiting our red meat intake to about once in every two months or so), hubbykins and I were discussing our various Mangalorean favourites and the discussion became a lengthy one about ingredients as well. We both felt that I had a lot of recipes on the blog which required coconut (grated or milk) and that it wasn't fair to those people who were unable to obtain the same (it's like tempting them to have something they couldn't find). I also got a mail from a reader, Priyanka who asked for some vegetarian & Beef recipes which of course make no use of coconut in any form. Since then I have been jotting down recipes which fall in that category and have been trying some varieties. 

Since R loves Beef and I don't like it as much as I like Mutton, we always end up making Beef Sukka on those rare occasions when we get it. My mum also used to make a lot of Beef Sukka which my dad was a huge fan of. And since we used to always get poor quality Mutton in Mangalore (with little meat and lots of bones) it was always Beef that was eaten when you wanted a change from the regular Sunday Chicken curry and a whole week of sea food or vegetables.


So when R & I had this food related discussion last week at the dinner table right after we had finished Supper, I suddenly remembered that in Mangalore for small gatherings where food is ordered from the Caterers, Beef Chilli Fry used to always be on the menu. I say 'small gatherings' because Beef is hardly ever served for a grand occasion like a Wedding or a Roce (pre wedding function) - not sure if it has found its way into the menu today. I found a nice recipe in the Mangalore Ladies Club book which I largely adapted and it turned out fantastic! I must say that although I like medium spicy food and this one is high on the spice meter true to its name, you can definitely tone down the chillies to suit your palate. There is no gravy in this recipe so it goes really well with Chapathis or as a side dish with Rice and Dal.

Last but not the least, don't let the name mislead you into thinking that this is a Chinese dish. The name when read in parts, suggests exactly what the dish is all about. It's Beef & Chillies that require frying! Simple! Not an exotic Far East dish, but our very own Mangalorean way of making a spicy Sukhe (dry dish) without coconut.


Beef Chilli Fry
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Serves: 4
You Need:
  • 750 gm boneless beef
  • 2 medium onions minced
  • 1 large tomato minced (chopped fine)
  • 1 tsp tomato purée (optional)
  • 2-3 tsp ghee or oil (or a combination of both just for the flavour & fragrance)
For the marinade
  • 4 green chillies (plus or minus 1 as per taste)
  • 5 long dry red chillies (Kumti/Bedgi or Kashmiri) * see note
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp cumin/jeera
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 pod or about 10 flakes garlic with skin (Indian)
  • 1/2 cup thick curds (yoghurt) *see note
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves (optional)
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds/khus khus (optional)
  • salt to taste
For garnishing
  • few coriander leaves or spring onion greens
Method:
1. Cut beef into small pieces (or slices), wash and allow to drain on a colander.
2. Grind all the ingredients mentioned in the 'for the marinade' section to a fine paste. If you are using a mixer grinder, add the curds towards the end or you can even use well beaten curds directly to the meat instead of grinding it.
3. Marinate the beef with this masala and set aside (preferably in a refrigerator) for a minimum of 1 hour
4. In a pressure cooker heat the ghee or oil and toss in the minced onions and fry well (till translucent). Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till tender. Add the marinated meat and fry on a slow flame till most of the water comes out and the masala turns looks a rich brownish red in colour. Add a little masala water (from the mixer jar) and make a thick gravy. Cover the lid and place the weight (whistle). Pressure cook on full flame till the first whistle goes off. Reduce flame and cook on sim for 20-25minutes.
5. Open the cover, mix well and cover and allow it to stand for 2 minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander or spring onion greens and serve hot with rice or chapathis

Notes:
  • You can skip the green chillies and use just 10 dry red chillies 
  • If you don't want to use curds you can just skip it and add 2 tomatoes (chopped) instead of 1. However, curds helps in tenderising the meat during the marination stage and will help to cook faster.



I'm sending this recipe to Iftar moments event  held by Jabeen's corner

Photo of a big bunny rabbit!

16 comments:

  1. wow that is truely a tempting and inviting dish... the pic speaks for itself...

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  2. Shir I just loved that first snap.I too make it but slightly different. Never tried adding Khus khus and yoghurt. Will try this one this weekend.

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  3. My husband and kids will definitely like this. I for one is starting to love chili food hehe.
    Shireen, I FB requested a person same as you name haha because she's the only one that comes up when i search your name on FB. Thanks for joining my FB page. I was delighted to see you there. Take care.

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  4. I am seriously drooling for this kind off aspice...
    www.savitharajsspiceland.blogspot.com

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  5. I tried this recipe yesterday, 2nd August. It came out really nice and a perfect combination for chapatis. I did not prepare it completely dry as I needed some masala for the chapatis.
    Thanks
    Steven Pinto

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks Chitra, Rinku, Malou & Savitha for your lovely comments!!
    Steven: So nice to know that you tried & liked the recipe, thanks so much for your feedback, will reply to your email shortly

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  7. will try this in next couple of days.. looks absolutely delicious.. Thanks for sharing the recipe..

    Thanks For Linking it with Iftar Nights..

    Jabeen's Corner

    Ongoing Event-Iftar nights

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  8. this looks too yummy dear... irresistible..

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  9. i tried this dish..excellent recipe..easy to make..& yummy to eat with chapatis..excellent cooking is going on in this blog..Thanks for your sharing wonderful recipes.

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  10. @ Lewis: Thanks so much for your feedback! So glad you made & liked the dish!! Thanks also for liking the blog & the recipes :) Appreciate the nice compliments :))

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  11. Hi,
    i tried this recipe yesterday, it turned out to be very good. thanks for this. i have been following this blog. there are so many things i wanna try..

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  12. Hi Olma,

    Thanks so much for the feedback! Great to know that you liked Beef Chilli Fry! Do try some more recipes and let me know :-)

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  13. Hi Shireen,
    i was lookin for beef recipes online and the first recipe which caught my eye was yours...the tempting picture made me try your recipe and it came out perfect!! Thanks for the recipe..also this is the first time i cooked beef..or else mom prepares at home..and i feel good tht it ws wonderful like the way my mom does.. :)

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  14. Hi Joyce,

    So glad to hear that the beef chilli fry turned out good and that you enjoyed it as well. Do let me know if and when you try some more recipes from my blog. I'd love to hear from u!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Shireen, I made the Beef Chilli Fry recipe last week. I skipped the green chillies and curds per your notes. It tasted good but next time I am going to try it with the green chillies and curds to see how it turns out. Thanks. June

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi June, thanks a ton for the feedback! I hope you like it with the green chillies and curds too :)

      Delete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Beef Chilli Fry

Although we don't eat a lot of red meat too often for health reasons (limiting our red meat intake to about once in every two months or so), hubbykins and I were discussing our various Mangalorean favourites and the discussion became a lengthy one about ingredients as well. We both felt that I had a lot of recipes on the blog which required coconut (grated or milk) and that it wasn't fair to those people who were unable to obtain the same (it's like tempting them to have something they couldn't find). I also got a mail from a reader, Priyanka who asked for some vegetarian & Beef recipes which of course make no use of coconut in any form. Since then I have been jotting down recipes which fall in that category and have been trying some varieties. 

Since R loves Beef and I don't like it as much as I like Mutton, we always end up making Beef Sukka on those rare occasions when we get it. My mum also used to make a lot of Beef Sukka which my dad was a huge fan of. And since we used to always get poor quality Mutton in Mangalore (with little meat and lots of bones) it was always Beef that was eaten when you wanted a change from the regular Sunday Chicken curry and a whole week of sea food or vegetables.


So when R & I had this food related discussion last week at the dinner table right after we had finished Supper, I suddenly remembered that in Mangalore for small gatherings where food is ordered from the Caterers, Beef Chilli Fry used to always be on the menu. I say 'small gatherings' because Beef is hardly ever served for a grand occasion like a Wedding or a Roce (pre wedding function) - not sure if it has found its way into the menu today. I found a nice recipe in the Mangalore Ladies Club book which I largely adapted and it turned out fantastic! I must say that although I like medium spicy food and this one is high on the spice meter true to its name, you can definitely tone down the chillies to suit your palate. There is no gravy in this recipe so it goes really well with Chapathis or as a side dish with Rice and Dal.

Last but not the least, don't let the name mislead you into thinking that this is a Chinese dish. The name when read in parts, suggests exactly what the dish is all about. It's Beef & Chillies that require frying! Simple! Not an exotic Far East dish, but our very own Mangalorean way of making a spicy Sukhe (dry dish) without coconut.


Beef Chilli Fry
print this


Serves: 4
You Need:
  • 750 gm boneless beef
  • 2 medium onions minced
  • 1 large tomato minced (chopped fine)
  • 1 tsp tomato purée (optional)
  • 2-3 tsp ghee or oil (or a combination of both just for the flavour & fragrance)
For the marinade
  • 4 green chillies (plus or minus 1 as per taste)
  • 5 long dry red chillies (Kumti/Bedgi or Kashmiri) * see note
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp cumin/jeera
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 pod or about 10 flakes garlic with skin (Indian)
  • 1/2 cup thick curds (yoghurt) *see note
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves (optional)
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds/khus khus (optional)
  • salt to taste
For garnishing
  • few coriander leaves or spring onion greens
Method:
1. Cut beef into small pieces (or slices), wash and allow to drain on a colander.
2. Grind all the ingredients mentioned in the 'for the marinade' section to a fine paste. If you are using a mixer grinder, add the curds towards the end or you can even use well beaten curds directly to the meat instead of grinding it.
3. Marinate the beef with this masala and set aside (preferably in a refrigerator) for a minimum of 1 hour
4. In a pressure cooker heat the ghee or oil and toss in the minced onions and fry well (till translucent). Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till tender. Add the marinated meat and fry on a slow flame till most of the water comes out and the masala turns looks a rich brownish red in colour. Add a little masala water (from the mixer jar) and make a thick gravy. Cover the lid and place the weight (whistle). Pressure cook on full flame till the first whistle goes off. Reduce flame and cook on sim for 20-25minutes.
5. Open the cover, mix well and cover and allow it to stand for 2 minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander or spring onion greens and serve hot with rice or chapathis

Notes:
  • You can skip the green chillies and use just 10 dry red chillies 
  • If you don't want to use curds you can just skip it and add 2 tomatoes (chopped) instead of 1. However, curds helps in tenderising the meat during the marination stage and will help to cook faster.



I'm sending this recipe to Iftar moments event  held by Jabeen's corner

Photo of a big bunny rabbit!

16 comments:

  1. wow that is truely a tempting and inviting dish... the pic speaks for itself...

    ReplyDelete
  2. Shir I just loved that first snap.I too make it but slightly different. Never tried adding Khus khus and yoghurt. Will try this one this weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  3. My husband and kids will definitely like this. I for one is starting to love chili food hehe.
    Shireen, I FB requested a person same as you name haha because she's the only one that comes up when i search your name on FB. Thanks for joining my FB page. I was delighted to see you there. Take care.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I am seriously drooling for this kind off aspice...
    www.savitharajsspiceland.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. I tried this recipe yesterday, 2nd August. It came out really nice and a perfect combination for chapatis. I did not prepare it completely dry as I needed some masala for the chapatis.
    Thanks
    Steven Pinto

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks Chitra, Rinku, Malou & Savitha for your lovely comments!!
    Steven: So nice to know that you tried & liked the recipe, thanks so much for your feedback, will reply to your email shortly

    ReplyDelete
  7. will try this in next couple of days.. looks absolutely delicious.. Thanks for sharing the recipe..

    Thanks For Linking it with Iftar Nights..

    Jabeen's Corner

    Ongoing Event-Iftar nights

    ReplyDelete
  8. this looks too yummy dear... irresistible..

    ReplyDelete
  9. i tried this dish..excellent recipe..easy to make..& yummy to eat with chapatis..excellent cooking is going on in this blog..Thanks for your sharing wonderful recipes.

    ReplyDelete
  10. @ Lewis: Thanks so much for your feedback! So glad you made & liked the dish!! Thanks also for liking the blog & the recipes :) Appreciate the nice compliments :))

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi,
    i tried this recipe yesterday, it turned out to be very good. thanks for this. i have been following this blog. there are so many things i wanna try..

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hi Olma,

    Thanks so much for the feedback! Great to know that you liked Beef Chilli Fry! Do try some more recipes and let me know :-)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi Shireen,
    i was lookin for beef recipes online and the first recipe which caught my eye was yours...the tempting picture made me try your recipe and it came out perfect!! Thanks for the recipe..also this is the first time i cooked beef..or else mom prepares at home..and i feel good tht it ws wonderful like the way my mom does.. :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi Joyce,

    So glad to hear that the beef chilli fry turned out good and that you enjoyed it as well. Do let me know if and when you try some more recipes from my blog. I'd love to hear from u!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Shireen, I made the Beef Chilli Fry recipe last week. I skipped the green chillies and curds per your notes. It tasted good but next time I am going to try it with the green chillies and curds to see how it turns out. Thanks. June

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi June, thanks a ton for the feedback! I hope you like it with the green chillies and curds too :)

      Delete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)