Wednesday 5 October 2011

Chilli Beef to say "Happy B'day Reju" !

Dear Reju,

I wish for you to have people to love, people in your life who will care about you as much as I do. Happy Birthday dear!

Dear Readers,

My spirits are quite high today, it's my dearest hubby boy, Reju's birthday. I wanted to make something special for Reju to wish him on his Birthday and to let him know how special he is to me. And knowing his love for red meat (beef, mutton anything) I decided to make this yummy chilli beef dish. I hope you all will join me in wishing him a very happy Birthday.

This was my first attempt at making this dish and it turned out to be a success! Yippee!! And Reju, this recipe is specially for you. Love you... :)


Beef (cut into medium sized cubes) – 1/2 kg
Big Onion (sliced or diced) – 2
Capsicum (diced) - 1/2
Ginger (finely chopped) – 1 1/2 inch piece
Garlic – 7 cloves
Green chillies (chopped) – 4
Pepper powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Soya sauce – 2 tbsp
Tomato sauce – 1 tbsp to 2 tbsp
Cornflour – 1 tbsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 2 tsp
Kashmiri Chilli powder – 1 tsp


Grind garlic into a paste. Cook the beef with garlic paste, turmeric powder, kashmiri chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Once cooked, open the lid of the pressure cooker, remove ½ cup of the gravy/stock and keep aside. Reduce the remaining gravy/stock by cooking on a low flame.

Heat oil in a wok and sauté onions and capsicum till it turns soft and reduces in quantity. Add ginger, green chillies and curry leaves and saut’e till raw smell of ginger disappears. Stir till aroma spreads out. Add the cooked beef with pepper powder and sauces. Adjust salt.

Now mix cornflour with the gravy/stock that has been kept aside and add this to the dish. When it starts boiling, remove from fire and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with fried rice/chapathi/roti and loads of LOVE :)

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