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Masala Beef with Ginger and Curry Leaf Recipe
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Masala Beef with Ginger and Curry Leaf

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"This is a real delight for the beef eaters. The roots of this recipe are Portuguese; it's widely prepared among the Syrian Christians in Kerala, India. Basically you cut the beef into small cubes and fry in the spicy ingredients. It's so yummy and it goes well with white rice."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    55 mins
  • READY IN

    1 hr 15 mins

Directions

  1. To make the masala powder: Grind the bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fennel seeds and peppercorns in a spice grinder until mixture is a fine powder.
  2. Place the beef cubes, masala powder, 2 cups chopped onion, green chiles, grated fresh ginger, garlic and turmeric in a large, heavy pot. Add water to cover (about 1 cup) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until beef is cooked through. Add salt. Stir and continue to simmer about 10 minutes or until mixture is almost dry, but do not allow it to burn (add a bit more water, if necessary). Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds and cook until they begin to pop. Immediately add remaining 1 cup chopped onion and stir over medium heat until onions soften and begin to brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Add curry leaves and cook until brown, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the beef mixture, black pepper, and lemon juice. Cook until nicely browned and heated through, about 8 minutes.
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Footnotes

  • You can adjust the spiciness of this recipe by increasing or decreasing the number of green chiles. Also, you can remove the green chiles before serving, if desired.
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Reviews More Reviews

Apr 15, 2008

This was delicious and easy to make. My entire family enjoyed it- I only used 3 small green chilis and deseeded them. There was still plenty of spice and flavour.

 
Jan 01, 2009

I am originally from India and I have never cooked beef in my life before. I wanted to do something different for this New Year and I am glad that I found this recipe. I did exactly as per the recipe and it came out really well. Now you have awakened my beef taste bud!!! Again thanks for the recipe.

 

11 Ratings

Dec 19, 2011

I can tell you by just looking at this recipe that it's VERY authentic (minus the bay leaves, which I suspect Allrecipes put instead of the curry leaves). I'm of Indian descent, and this is pretty much how we make meat as a side dish to eat with rice. Here are some tips, though: 1) Cube your beef really small (like 1/2 inch pieces) so that you'll get more flavor onto your meat. 2) Instead of lemon juice, use 1 tomato, chopped up, to add a little acidity. Be sure to cook it down all the way. 3) You can use about 1-2 tsp of red chili powder as per your taste (ie., cayenne powder, NOT chili powder for chili) instead of the green chili peppers, or use a smaller amount of both. They have different flavors, but both provide heat. 4) Don't fry your onions until crisp...just sautee until slightly brown if you want the flavors & masala to penetrate the meat. 5) You can pre-cook your meat with ginger, onions, salt, a little turmeric, and green chilis in a pressure cooker to make the beef more tender.

 
Aug 04, 2009

I've tried over two dozen recipes from this website and this is by far the most impressive. I was stingy and bought a lower grade of beef, which I won't do next time, but despite the fact that it wasn't as tender as I'd like (I also cut it a bit too small), the flavor was FABULOUS. I recommend not letting all of the broth cook off but instead adding the remaining broth to the coconut oil mixture. If you serve it over rice, the rice soaks the sauce right up and it is so delicious! My husband and I like spicy food and will probably also add another chili or two next time. We'll definitely be making this again . . . and again!

 
Jan 05, 2010

great recipe! we added some veggies & threw it in the slow cooker. Very tasty!

 
Jul 24, 2009

this was identical to the the indian resturant down the street

 
Sep 06, 2014

i had never cooked with fresh curry leaves before, and i must say, that particular ingredient puts this dish over the top. i used double the amount. very good dish.

 
Aug 14, 2014

Absolutely yummy and worth the investment in tenderloin and coconut oil. Makes the entire house smell awesome. Used the tomato approach but will use only half a tomato in the next batch so the spices make a bigger statement. Two questions (in the interest of authenticity): Cardamom pods: green or black? Mustard seeds: yellow or black?

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 490 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 77 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 37.3 g
  • 57%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 25.1 g
  • 50%
  • Sodium
  • 450 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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