Indian beef stew. The only thing better than beef stew? Spiced stew loaded with fragrant spices, fall-apart beef, tender vegetables and coconut milk. Aromatic, spicy, rich, nutritious and comforting, this stew makes for the ultimate winter meal.
It goes without saying that 2020 has amplified our love for cooking and homemade comfort food, whether it’s a simple avocado toast or a dessert masterpiece. And without a doubt, trends and global cuisine have a major impact on what we eat and cook. However, traditional comfort food never loses its top position on our menu.
Bring on the classic winter staple – beef stew. To be precise, I’m going to introduce you to spiced stew aka Indian beef stew – a quintessential dish of Anglo Indian cuisine. Although this recipe is inspired by the traditional version of the stew, I have made a few changes to adapt it to modern cooking.
Beef – Gravy beef, chuck steak or braising steak is one of the key elements of beef stew.
Dried spices – This includes bay leaf, cinnamon, and cloves.
Spice powders – Apart from the dried spices I mentioned above, you’ll also need to add few powdered spices like ground turmeric, ground coriander and red chili powder.
Vegetables – The best part is you can customize with whatever veggies you have on hand. I really love the addition of potatoes, carrots and green beans in this recipe. Depending on your taste preferences, you can also add sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and green peas.
Beef stock or broth – Beef broth adds the richness to this stew.
Garlic – It adds that extra flavour
Onions – It makes the sauce rich and flavorful.
Coconut milk – Canned or freshly squeezed coconut milk is ideal in this recipe.
How To Make Indian Beef Stew
Stir fry beef – The first step is to quickly brown the beef pieces in a little oil until they are browned on all sides. It’s the right way to seal in all the deliciousness.
Make the sauce – Heat up a little oil and fry the dried spices. Make sure you stir the spices continuously. When the spices are fragrant, add in onions. Once they are soft and starts to brown, add ginger garlic paste. Give it a quick stir fry until you get the lovely aroma.
Tomato paste goes in next followed by some chopped tomatoes. Now you’ll need to wait until they turn mushy. Pour in the beef broth and simmer.
Add meat– The browned beef goes into the stew next, and then simmer again for about 45 minutes or until the beef pieces are tender.
Add vegetables – The diced vegetables are cooked alongside beef for the next 15 minutes.
Add coconut milk – Before you remove this Indian beef stew from the stove, stir in coconut milk and sprinkle with plenty of coriander leaves.
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