One of the things I love doing is watching cooking shows, but ever since I reduced the amount of channels we get from our cable package, I was left without the cooking channel. I hated having to pay for channels we never watch, just to get the Cooking Channel. Even to get the cooking channel added as a stand alone within our current package, means having to pay pretty much the same price as I was paying before when it was packaged. The next option for me is Youtube, and it FREE.
There is no better source than YouTube for cooking videos and I can spend hours at a time.. well, if I didn’t have to work etc. It’s simply mind-blowing when you start looking at how people from all over the world use curry. It’s got to be one of those things that have the most variations I’ve ever come across. There’s no 2 regions that cooks curry the same… even within the Caribbean itself, there are a few different techniques for cooking with curry. That said, here’s my tropical curry beef with potato:
1 lb beef (cut into 1 inch cubes)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon green seasoning mix (optional)
1/2 hot pepper (habanero, scotch bonnet or whichever you like)
dash black pepper
1 medium tomato diced
2-3 tablespoon cilantro or shado beni (chopped fine)
1 teaspoon ketchup
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon geera powder (cumin)
1 onion sliced
3 cloves garlic (crushed and sliced)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup water (for cooking curry)
3 1/2 cups water for final cooking stage
3 medium potatoes (1/4s)
* I used a special Madras blend of curry powder that I get from the islands. I find it to be uniquely Caribbean-like and not as heavy or pungent as the ones that comes directly from India.
Cube and wash the pieces of beef with the juice of a lime or lemon (not mentioned in the ingredients list) and water. Drain off the excess water and season with the salt, black pepper, ketchup, scallion, green seasoning, cilantro or shado beni and tomato. Then cover and place in the fridge to marinate for about 2 hours. If you’re in a rush, marinate for at least 15 minutes.
After the two hours of marinating, put a pan on medium/high heat and allow the 3 tablespoons of oil to heat. Now add the onion, garlic and hot pepper and allow to cook until you start seeing the edges go golden brown. This is an indication that it’s time to add the curry powder and ground geera (cumin). Cook for a couple minutes, then add the 1/4 cup of water. We’re now cooking the curry to allow it to bloom. This will cook for about 5 minutes before after it starts drying off. Allow all the liquid to burn off and you should have a sort of grainy paste on the bottom of the pan… add the seasoned beef at this point and stir.
Stir well so everything gets coated with the cooked curry. Then cover the pot, turn down the heat to low and allow this to cook for about 25-35 minutes. you will notice that it will spring a lot of natural juices.
While this cooks, peel, wash and cube your potato and place it in the bowl you had the seasoned beef in. Then pour in the 3 1/4 cups of water and try to pick up any seasoning that may have been left behind. TIP I like seeing pieces of potato when the dish is finished, so this is why I cut each potato into 4 pieces (big) so it will not totally melt away as we cook the beef to tenderness.
After about 25 minutes on very low heat (gentle simmer), remove the lid and turn up the heat to burn of any remaining liquid. After which you add the water and pieces of potato, bring to a boil and reduce to a gentle simmer. Ensure the pot is covered and cook for about 40-50 minutes. Basically until the beef is really tender and most of the liquid is gone. If you find that the liquid is till runny and the beef is tender, simply turn the heat up and cook until you get to the desired thickness. Check for salt near the end..since everyone preference for salt is a bit different.
I was lucky enough to have some buss-up-shut roti in the freezer, so I nuked it and had a wonderful dinner. BTW, if you ever have excess roti, simple place in a freezer lock bag and freeze. I have some that lasts up to 3 months (as long as there’s no air in the bag) and they heat rather well in the microwave. So if ever I go to a friend’s home and they’re serving roti and have extras at the end of the night.. I bring those babies home with me for future use.
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