Recipe by Deepak Mathew
"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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1 (1 inch) piece
whole black peppercorns
beef tenderloin, cubed
chopped onion, divided
green chile peppers, halved lengthwise
1 (1 1/2 inch) piece
fresh ginger root, grated
whole mustard seeds
fresh curry leaves
2 1/2 teaspoons
ground black pepper
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.
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.
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.
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!
great recipe! we added some veggies & threw it in the slow cooker. Very tasty!
this was identical to the the indian resturant down the street
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?
I tried this recipe last night and was extremely pleased. I did substitute 1/2 cup fresh tomato puree instead of the lemon juice as one person who commented had suggested. I also have a bay laurel tree and a curry plant in my garden which made the list of ingredients even easier.
I quickly photographed the finished product as everyone was more than ready to dig in and eat, I'm not a food photographer so please be kind.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Masala Beef with Ginger and Curry Leaf
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 336
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