Farmstead Kitchen- Baked Beef Curry
While the name of this recipe is not too enticing, I can assure you the end results will blow your mind!
SO much flavor, so tender, and really a perfect way to cook leaner meat with delicious results. This recipe came from my neighbor Lisa, who makes it with venison. Since highland beef is so similar to venison in flavor, and also lean and more mature than regular corn/soy-fattened beef, I had a feeling that this recipe would be a perfect match for my beef. She served a big salad, hot rice and a big pot of yellow split pea daahl with the venison curry….one of the best meals I’ve ever had, seriously a restaurant quality meal. Thank You So Much Lisa for sharing the recipe so I could recreate it with my Highland beef. The original recipe is from Madhur Jaffrey. I made a few adaptations like using beef stock instead of yogurt, adding garlic and black pepper. I served this with a daikon radish/kimchi salad, Red lentil daahl, roasted sweet potatoes/leeks, and clove spiced basmati rice.
Baked Beef Curry
“Beef is eaten by Muslims throughout lndia, Pakistan, and
Bangladesh and is often referred to as bara gosht, or “big meat.”
It is sometimes “baked” using an ancient top-of-the-stove
method known as dum. A tightly closed pot with the meat inside
(or it could be rice and meat) is placed over low embers and
more charcoal is placed on top of the flat lid. With heat coming
from the top and the bottom, a slow baking ensues. When the
pot is opened, the aromas permeate the room to great cries of
appreciation. I find that an oven can, very conveniently, do a
dum with similar results. Serves 4-6″
2 pounds stewing beef, cut into I inch pieces (I have used sliced up round steak as well as with diced chuck roast)
6 tablespoons olive or canola oil
6 cardamom pods
Two 2-inch cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
2 cups (8 ounces) chopped onions
l cup yogurt (I used beef stock instead)
2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger or l teaspoon powdered ginger
l teaspoon cayenne pepper (I used 2 chopped fresh chiles)
4-6 cloves of fresh chopped garlic
1 teaspoons salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 350’F.
Pour the oil into a large, wide, ovenproof pan and set over medium-high
heat. When hot, put in the cardamom and cinnamon. Stir once, and put in
only as much of the meat as will brown easily. Brown on all sides and remove
to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Brown the remaining meat this way. Add the
cumin seeds and coriander and onions to the oil in the pan and fry until the onion pieces
have just begun to turn brown. Add chopped fresh garlic. Turn off the heat.
Return the meat and all accumulated juices to the pan as well as all the
remaining ingredients. Stir to mix, and bring to a simmer. Cover, first with
foil, crimping the edges down tightly, and then with the lid, and place in the oven. Bake for
one and half hours or until the meat is tender. Enjoy!