Beef Vindaloo

I was going to make something entirely different, but was flipping through a book and saw this.  I’ve never had vindaloo before, and I know better than to admit to what I’m about to say.  But I’ll admit away.  The name vindaloo seriously makes me think of a Hindu holiday, not because it is, but because they pretended it was on Outsourced.  This is where I’m supposed to vow to never watch that and other shows again.

1 tablespoon cumin seeds
4 dried red chilies
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1 green cardamom pods, seeds only
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons apple juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice

4 tablespoons ghee/oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
6 oz onion, finely chopped
2 lb stewing beef, cut into 1″ cubes
1″ piece ginger, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons coriander
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 1/4 cups water
1 tablespoon barbecue sauce

Using mortar and pestle, grind the cumin seeds, chilies, peppercorns, cardamom seeds, fenugreek seeds, and mustard to a fine powder. Add salt, apple juice and lemon juice and stir to form a thin paste.

In a medium size pot, heat oil over high heat and add the cumin seeds. When the seeds stop sputtering in the oil, lower the heat to medium, and add the onions. Fry until golden brown, stirring as necessary. With a slotted spoon, remove the onion from the pan and let cool in a bowl for a minutes. Put the onion and spice mixture into a blender, and blend to a coarse paste.

Add meat to the pan, and brown over high heat until the meat looses its raw look. With a slotted spoon, remove the meat.

Add the ginger, garlic, coriander, turmeric, and mustard to the pan and braise for a minute. Add the spice and onion mixture and braise for another minute. Add the meat back to the pot, and stir to coat with the spices. Add water and barbecue sauce and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, until the meat is tender.

Recipe courtesy of Best-ever Curry Cookbook, by Mridula Baljekar

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