Saturday, May 30, 2009

Beef Groncu

This beef recipe ended up as a hit with our guests over the many fish preparations by my sis, mom, wife. Thought its best to narrate it too; especially if some poor man wants to impress his roaring wife (and vice-versa)

Stuff Required:

1. 1 kg fresh beef cut to small pieces
2. cooking oil (us Keralites prefer coconut oil) for caramelizing the onions.
3. 10-12 green chillies cut in length, then midway.
4. Two handful of curry leaves [make it four if your hand cannot hide an egg ]. We need lots of this.

For cooking the beef :

5. 1.5 table spoon vinegar
6. 1.5 table spoon red chilli powder
7. 0.5 table spoon turmeric powder
8. 1.5 table spoon coriander power
9. 0.5 table spoon pepper powder
10 Salt to taste
11 A cup of water

12. 3 onions chopped to small pieces
13. 4 onions cut in length.
14. half table spoon of whole mustard

[just realized that I appear to use the table spoon quite a bit; but then it does serve the purpose]

Start cooking :

Mix items 5 - 11 in a pressure cooker, then cook the beef for 5 - 6 whistles. Heat the cooking oil in medium size kadaai. Put in the mustard and when they pop add the onions (item 12) to it. Stir in low flame until the onions turn medium brown (should take 20-25 minutes).

Add the cooked beef from the cooker, straight into this. Put on medium flame and cook for another 20-30 mins. Towards the end of this routine, we want to crush the beef using a heavy spatula until the beef ends up as strands.

Turn to low flame, add in the curry leaves, green chillies and the onions (items 3,4,13). Mix the entire stuff for around a minute (and not too long). The core idea here is that we don't want the chillies, onions, curry leaves to over-cook.

Turn off the flame, close the kadai and leave it for 5-8 minutes. We need to wait for the flavor of curry leaves and chillies to spread through the beef.

Serve with rice and enjoy the comments :)

Now for the name - GReen chillies ONions CUrry leaves - Groncu.

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