July 19, 2006

Beef curry

Philomena Dias

We lived in the Dias house for quite a bit of the 11 months that we spent in Mumbai the year we got married. The commute to Andheri was long and tedious and Julius' house was midway. There was a standing invitation to spend the weekends with them. We sometimes forgot to go home for the week and stayed on 9 days at a stretch. Aunty is a wonderful person and a great cook. We always felt at home. In addition to Aunty, Julius and Audrey, there were usually 4 weekend guests - Annie, Claudette, Ramesh and me. Those days were wonderful!

This is the first of Aunty's recipes

250 gms beef - cut into small pieces
1/2 tsp - Jeera (cumin)
1/2 tsp - Pepper
4 pods - Garlic
3 pcs - Cloves
1" pc - Cinammon
2 pcs - Cardamom
1/4 tsp - Turmeric
3 - Red Dried Chillies
1 Large - Tomato
1 Large - Onion - finely chopped

First fry onions till light brown. Add diced tomatoes and then add the meat which has been washed and salted. let the stock dry. Add the Masala. Add Vinegar and sugar to taste. Then add water till it almost covers the meat. Add potatoes if required. Cook for 45 minutes.

Note: We've tried this recipe with mutton and that tastes fantastic too. Cooking time gets reduced though. Also we always use a pressure cooker to cook meat dishes.

July 1, 2006

Meat Loaf

Philomena Dias

500 gms minced beef
250 gms bacon ( remove sides)
1 tsp pepper powder
4 green chillies
6 pods garlic
1/2" ginger
2 eggs

Wash mince well and drain in a sieve. Put the kheema in a pan on high flame and dry. Dont forget to stir constantly. Cut all the other ingredients very fine and grind into a smooth paste along with the mince. Add salt and pepper later. Soak a bun in water or 4 slices of bread. Squeeze out the water and add along with 2 eggs to the mince mixture. Line the vessel with oil/ butter, pour mixture and cover with brown paper. Tie the paper to the vessel firmly with a string. Put this dish into a larger one half filled with water. Cover the larger vessel with a lid and put a weight on it. Let the water come to a boil and then lower the flame. Cook for half an hour.