Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 4 tablespoons Vegetable oil

  2. pounds Potatoes (not Idaho baking) peeled and cut into 2-in cubes

  3. 1 Bay leaf

  4. 1 Whole dried red chili

  5. 5 Whole cardamom pods

  6. 2 Inch cinnamon stick

  7. 2 Whole cloves

  8. 2 cups Finely chopped onion

  9. 2 tablespoons Peeled, minced fresh ginger

  10. 1 tablespoon Minced garlic

  11. 1 teaspoon Seeded, chopped fresh green chile (or to taste)

  12. teaspoon Turmeric

  13. 2 teaspoons Ground cumin

  14. teaspoon Sugar

  15. 2 pounds Beef filet mignon, boneless sirloin, boned T-Bone steak New York Strip, or round steak, or lamb leg or shoulder steak, cut into 2x2x1inch cubes

  16. cup Water

  17. 2 tablespoons Plain yogurt

  18. 1 tablespoon Raw cashews or almonds, ground in a blender to a coarse powder

  19. teaspoon Salt

  20. teaspoon Garam masala

  21. Mild onion rings (garnish)

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Heat 2tb oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry the potatoes until they turn medium brown, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  2. (Omit this step for a lower-fat dish.) 2. Add 2 tablespoons oil to the pan and heat over medium low heat. Fry bay leaf, red chili, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves for a few seconds. Add onion and fry until richly browned but not burnt, 18 to 20 minutes, stirring constantly.

  3. Stir in ginger, garlic, green chili, turmeric, cumin, and sugar. Add meat and water. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Add the potatoes and simmer, covered, until both meat and potatoes are tender, about 30 more minutes. Turn heat very low. Blend in yogurt, nuts, and salt and remove from heat. (Prolonged heating will curdle the sauce, detracting from its appearance and texture.) Stir in garam masala. Decorate with onion rings and cilantro.

  4. From The Flavors of India, by Bharti Kirchner File


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