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How to : Easy Kerala style Beef curry!

Hey there,

I wanted to show you guys the ultra easy beef curry recipe that I usually do at home. I am pretty lazy when it comes to cooking.. Lol! Anything to make a dish easier. We are using pressure cooker to do this.

Usually you sauté and sauté the onion, get it brown, add spices, turn that brown enough, add more stuff such as tomatoes, chilies etc then add pressure cooked beef, to make a traditional beef curry. This basically means you are right there standing near the stove the entire time and I ain’t got time for that. If you share a similar sentiment, read on :). For this recipe, which is quite spicy, you will need these ingredients :

Beef, washed, cubed & strained- 1 kg
Onion – 4 or 5, medium sized
Tomato – 1
Green chilies – About 7 or 8 spicy ones (if the ones you have aren’t that spicy, add about 10 or 11)
Red chili powder – 1 heaped tbsp
Coriander powder – 3 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Black pepper powder – 4 tsp
Garam masala powder – 3 tsp
Ginger garlic paste (freshly ground or store bought) – About 4 tbsp
Curry leaves – 3 sprigs
Coconut oil – 4 tbsp
Potato (optional) – 3, medium sized
Salt – to taste

Method

Take a pressure cooker. Put the beef in it first. Then add everything mentioned above (except potato), in no particular order, on top of the beef.

Then mix everything well by hand or using a ladle.

Pressure cook for 6 whistles (My pressure cooker is quite old and needs more whistles to get something tough like beef to be cooked. Your cooker might work in lesser whistles. So adjust accordingly).

Once pressure is gone, taste the gravy and add anything that’s lacking. Then add the potatoes and let it whistle 4 more times (enough to get the potatoes cooked while also cooking the beef completely).

Curry ready!. Mix well & serve once pressure is gone.

Beef curry recipe

It’s so simple and tastes amazing. Lemme know if you try it..

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Mutton soup curry recipe!

Hey guys!

I haven’t done a cooking post in a long while. Here is one of my favorite Indian curries – Mutton soup curry. There are many versions of it out there from different states of India. This particular one is a Tamilian version I believe, since it’s an aunty from Tamil Nadu who taught my mom this recipe, who in turn passed it on to me.

It’s an extremely easy recipe that uses the pressure cooker. There are not a lot of ingredients. If you are an Indian reading this, they are ingredients that you can easily find at your home already. For others, you can easily find them at an Indian grocery store near you. I will also be including some online links, where you could purchase some of the ingredients, just in case.

Ingredients

  • Mutton : Between 1 – 1.5 kgs. It should be cut into big pieces, bigger than the size you normally portion for biryani. In the pic below I have used 1.3kgs.
  • Onion : 2 large sized or 3 medium sized, sliced thinly.
  • Tomato : 2 big, diced into cubes
  • Green chili : 6, julienned
  • Fresh coriander leaves : A bunch, roughly chopped. If you are buying at local supermarkets here, like say Lulu Center, you get a big bunch for AED 0.95. You will just need half of that bunch, for this recipe.
  • Cinnamon sticks : 2 – 3 small pieces
  • Whole Cloves : 6 pieces
  • Ginger garlic paste : 1 tbsp. Freshly ground would be perfect but I used a refrigerated mix and that’s why it’s looking green.
  • Red chili powder : 1/2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder : 1 tsp
  • Indian garam masala : 1 tsp
  • Ground cumin seed : 1 tsp
  • Ground pepper : 3/4 tsp
  • Thick coconut milk : From that of 1/2 a coconut
  • Coconut oil – 4 tbsp
  • Water : 300 ml
  • Salt : To taste

Mutton soup curry1

Method

  • Keep the cooker on the medium flame. Add coconut oil. Once it heats a bit, add cinnamon sticks and cloves. Sauté.
  • Add onion and sauté until it’s translucent. Then add green chilies, coriander leaves and tomato. You don’t need to saute them a lot  (and make them mushy) since it’s going to be pressure cooked.
  • Add ginger garlic paste. Saute. Then add red chili powder, turmeric powder, ground cumin seed and pepper powder. Saute well so that the dry ingredients mix well with the other ingredients.
  • Add mutton. Get the masala coated well onto the mutton. Then add coconut milk and water. Let the whole mix boil.
  • Once it starts boiling, place the lid on and let it pressure cook. Wait for 5 whistles. Switch off the flame, let it rest and open when the pressure is gone (don’t forcefully open it). Check whether the mutton is done. It should be in such a state where by it’s ready to fall off the bone. For me personally, it takes 7 – 8 whistles to get to that state. For my mom, 5 whistles is perfect. So, it really depends on your pressure cooker. It’s best to do 5 and after checking, do more if needed. If it’s overdone, it won’t be good.
  • Curry ready!. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

This mutton soup curry goes very well with dosa (especially katti dosa, which are those small thick dosas, which will become soggy when this soup curry is poured on to it), idli, putt (Steamed rice cake), appam, paratta and even rice. It is perfect for any time of the day : breakfast, lunch or dinner. The curry should be watery (like a soup). If you feel there is way too much oil in it, let the curry sit for a while and then remove the oil that rises to the top. This curry isn’t too spicy and can serve upto 3 people. It’s aromatic and mainly smells of coriander leaves and ground cumin. The perfect cut, to use for this recipe, is the shoulder part.

Mutton soup curry2

I hope you try it out and if you do, let me know your thoughts about it, by leaving a comment below =)

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