Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Taste & Create: Ground Beef Curry

Usually I use Taste & Create to expand my culinary horizons, track down spices of which I've never heard, that sort of thing. Taste & Create is a monthly food blog event, created by the lovely Nicole of For the Love of Food, in which participants are randomly paired off and tasked with preparing a recipe from their partner's blog. Occasionally, like this month, I get to help Nicole out by guest-hosting the event!

I was ready to expand my horizons all over again when I was paired with Marisa of The Creative Pot, cooking from across the world in South Africa...until she posted this simple recipe on a night when I was hungry but didn't know what to make for dinner. I really don't know what country the recipe comes from, but this curry is sort of like an Indian Hamburger Helper--ground beef, flavored with curry spices, but with no exotic ingredients! The only thing I was missing was spinach, and that was easy to get.

It was a wonderfully fragrant, delicious dish, easy yet out of the ordinary, and perfect for a weeknight.

The only changes I made from Marisa's recipe were to use olive oil (and more oil), and I covered the dish while simmering, which worked perfectly. I served it with rice, because I didn't have time (or a recipe) for rotis. I can't wait to have more of this tomorrow for lunch!

You really should go see Marisa's picture of this curry--it's much better than mine.

Ground Beef Curry (Keema Kari)
Adapted from Chow Times

Serves 6

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 onions, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 pound ground beef
4 medium firm potatoes, (skin on), cubed
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup beef stock
salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch of spinach, washed, stalks removed and shredded

1. Saute onion over medium heat in oil until soft. Add garlic, and spices, fry for 1 minute until fragrant.

2. Add beef, and brown over medium to high heat.

3. Add potatoes, tomatoes and beef stock, turn heat down, cover and allow to simmer for 30 - 40 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.

4. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir spinach through. Turn heat off and allow to rest for a few minutes for the spinach to wilt into the curry.

Serve warm, with rice or rotis.


Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

I just did my posts from teh taste and Create experience... WOW South Africa, and I was impressed with Netherlands. It really is a great fun experience, and so glad you let me in on the fun!

Martha said...

This looks wonderful Min! I checked out the Creative Pot blog too, wonderful stuff to choose from over there!

Pam said...

Looks delicious! Yum!

Marisa said...

Thanks for your kind words Min! Glad you enjoyed the curry. I agree - very much like Indian hamburger helper. :-)

Still have to make something from your blog (I got very sidetracked this month). Looks like it's going to be a difficult choice though - you've got so many tasty recipes to choose from!

Marthe said...

Min, this looks so good: in fact it prompted me to try it myself! I absolutely loved it!!

Marthe said...

I was lazy and pulled the roti out of the freezer, I am tempted to make them myself one time though...
The are up on my list of challenges to make, as are croissants....

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