Beef Chilli Fry
- 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
- few coriander leaves or spring onion greens
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 the tomato puree if usin.
5. 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.
6. 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
- 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.