Sunday, November 21, 2010

Goan Beef Curry

I was on my search for a "different" beef preparation when I landed upon this Goan Beef Curry. The main thing I was looking for in the recipe was some unusual ingredient. We love beef big time and always make the Kerala style nadan beef recipes and hence was looking for a change this time. My search ended when I saw this Goan Beef Curry recipe in Lakshmi Nair's Cook Book - Pachaka Kala. The ingredients that made me try this recipe was fenugreek and mustard powder, that is unusual in a beef curry, at least for me. It was definitely worth the attempt!

On a different note, I am searching in CSN stores to pick up a Christmas gift for myself and my kitchen. As most of you know, you would be surprised with the array of their offerings which ranges from extra tall bar stools to great cookware which would be hard to find anywhere else. Now lets get on to the recipe!

Serves around 10 people
Oil- 5 tbsp
Onion- 2.5 lbs (2 big - thinly sliced)
Garlic- 18 pods 
Chilly Powder- 2 tbsp + 1tsp
Coriander Powder- 3 tbsp
Cumin Powder- 1.5 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1.5 tsp
Fenugreek Powder- 1.5 tsp
Turmeric Powder- 1.5 tsp
White Vinegar- 6 tbsp
Water- 4 tbsp
Thick Coconut Milk- 1.5 cup
Beef- 3.5 lbs
Salt- to taste

  1. Crush the garlic using a mortar and pestle into a coarse paste.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and saute the crushed garlic for a minute.
  3. Add the thinly sliced onions and continue to saute until they turn transparent.
  4. In the mean time, using a mortar and pestle or a mixer, grind the mustard seeds adding a little vinegar. You could also use mustard powder instead.
  5. When the mustard is finely ground, add the chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, fenugreek powder and turmeric powder and mix well with the remaining vinegar and water to make a fine paste.
  6. Add this paste to the cooker and saute until all the water is gone and oil starts to ooze out.
  7. Add the beef and salt to the cooker and cook for around 3 whistles or until the beef is cooked. Turn off the stove when the beef is done. No need to add any water, as there will be water coming from the beef.
  8. When the pressure is released, open the cooker and turn on the stove again.
  9. Add the coconut milk to gravy and mix well.
  10. When the mixture starts to boil, turn off the stove and the beef curry would be ready to serve.

So if you are looking for a different beef curry recipe, this is definitely worth a try. The fenugreek together with the mustard paste gives the curry a unique taste and flavor.

Today I aslo happened to see the event at Chacko's Kitchen The 30 best recipes of 2010 and decided to give it a shot. I have sent across the Kinnathappam and Coconut Rice recipe to the event. Wish me luck!


  1. Hi,

    That's a yummy beef curry...Beef is one of my dear favorites...:)


  2. I dont eat beef, but still i am drooling at the curry Fathima..Also i love that cute yellow bowl...Nalla picsum tto..

  3. I have never met a curry that I didn't love...It looks great.

  4. Slurpp, thats a droolworthy curry, will try with chicken..

  5. great recipe...looking yummy.clicks are very good.

  6. that is indeed a diff recipe..will try it out some time

  7. Nice recipe..looks spicy and delicious, thanks for the recipe dear.

  8. Adipoli curry. Veggieya enne temptu cheuyippikunu

  9. wow...yummy beef curry...looks perfect

  10. Great presentation, Fathima..Beef curry superb!

  11. The flavors in this recipe are soo different compared to normal curry preparations.Would love to try it with chicken sometime.

  12. We don't eat beef but can substitute mutton for this recipe na! ;)

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  13. Coconut milk curries are always awesome (fat adds flavour!)and this one looks amazing.

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  15. Yummy and flavorful beef curry,looks very tempting.

  16. Great Presentation. I am gonna try ur carrot dessert dish as well. lemme see how it comes out!!

  17. I dont eat beef but this looks terffic!!

  18. Looks fantastic and delicious,Yum!

  19. fantastic beef curry...pakshe ente nottam muzhuvan parottayilanu ketto...
    How have you been Fathima? long time...

  20. Thattukada Kochhe!!! Goan Beef Curry !!!Ugran aayittundallo?

  21. First time here. That dish looks delicious as does that round bread on the side. Do you have a recipe for that bread somewhere on your blog? Thanks!

    Feel free to check out my blog too :o)

  22. OMG this was delicious and so easy!!!
    Visit for more information on Beef recipes

  23. Hello...

    One Word - "Mouth Watering Blog" You made my mind think again.One thing to tell you that i am very foody person & 2nd thing i loved so much goan food..I am visiting goa almost every year during Christmas.

    Thanks again & good luck
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