Thursday, 14 May 2009

Beef Curry - for 2 people (Double everything for 4)

I made this curry for the first time last night in my Shuttle Chef. Because of the lack of quantity I decided to cook it in a container and partly immerse it in water in the cooker. This way of cooking is ideal for meals that do not have much liquid content or if you are cooking just for one or two people.


500g beef cut into 2-3cm cubes (you could use lamb if you prefer)
1 tbsp of ghee (I prefer ghee for flavour but vegetable oil can be used instead)
100g of yogurt
1/2 tsp of cornflour
100g tomatoes chopped and skinned (tinned tomatoes are ideal)
1 small onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic grated or chopped very finely
6 cardamoms (these need splitting open. I do this by squeezing )
2 bay leaves
1/2 tbsp of turmeric powder
1 tbsp of coriander powder
1/2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp of salt (check before serving and add a little more if needed)

Method: ( You will need a pot that fits in the inner pot of the thermal cooker. I use my 6" cake tin in mine. You will also need something to stand the tin on in the inner pot. A food ring would do fine.)

  1. Blend the cornflour with the yogurt in a bowl.

  2. In a frying pan add the ghee and garlic

  3. Heat the pan making sure the garlic does not burn.

  4. Add the meat and brown.

  5. Once browned add everything else and bring to the boil.

  6. Once boiling put it into you cake tin and cover with parchment paper or foil to form a lid. Also you will need to make a handle either with string or a sling out of foil so that you can easily lift out the tin when cooked.

  7. Put the food ring in the bottom of the thermal cooker inner pot.

  8. Fill with boiling water up to the top of the food ring.

  9. Put the cake tin into the inner pot.

  10. Carefully top up with boiling water by pouring down the side (making sure that you don't pour it over the lid you made to cover the cake tin) until it is about 3/4 of the way up the side of the tin.

  11. Put the inner pot onto a heat source and bring back to the boil.

  12. Once boiling put on the lid and turn down to a simmer.

  13. Simmer for 10 minutes then turn off the heat and put the inner pot into the thermal cooker outer pot and close the lid.

  14. Cook for a minimum of 3 hours. Longer wont be a problem.

  15. Serve with boiled rice.

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