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.


Sumitha said...

I am sure it tasted great,do post more frequently Ujwala,I would love to learn a thing or two from you!Someone who is so creative will definetly be cooking great food:)

Ujwala said...

it tasted fantastic! made lazy 'ol me take the recipe from her :D I've seen your blog and it looks to me to be the other way round on the learning front :P take care.

David said...

I am looking forward to testing this one out. Many of your other recipes are fantastic.

Pete said...

mmmmm, this is fantastic and so easy to prepare and enjoy

Anonymous said...

This is slightly different than the one I make. Sounds great!

Tony and Carola said...

Very tasty and really quick and easy.
Thanks for the tip...