Beef Curry

Beef Curry
Beef Curry

Okaaay…I posted this photo on one of the social media cooks groups, the purpose was to share the Olive & Mushroom Mac-Salata, but instead, people kept asking for my beef curry recipe. This is one of my favs curry recipes. You wiill come to realize how easy it is to make such a flavourful curry dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg steak, cut it into cubes
  • garlic & herb spice
  • black pepper
  • 2tsp curry paste masala
  • 4 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 5 tbsp tomato sauce
  • handful curry leaves
  • 4 tsp paprika

Method

Cut the beef into cubes, put it into a bowl and season with garlic & herb and pepper. Add curry paste masala, plain yoghurt and a good dash of olive oil, season and toss to coat. Cover with cling wrap and marinate for as long as possible.

Heat olive oil. Add the onions, garlic and a little seasoning followed by paprika, stir, then cover and cook for 6-8 minutes or until onions are soft, lifting the lid to give the mixture a stir a few times.

Now add the beef to the onions along with curry leaves, stir over a medium-high heat for a few minutes. Cover the pot with a lid, stirring occasionally, cook until the meat is tender. And then add tomato sauce, stir and cook for 5 more minutes.

Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata

Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata
Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata

If you’re a pasta lover like me; I promise that you will be smitten over this salad. Easy to make and doesn’t take long to prepare too.

Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 250g macaroni
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g mushrooms
  • 1 green & 1/4 red pepper (sliced into strips)
  • 1 packet black olives
  • 500g country mixed vegetables
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp lemon & herb spice
  • black pepper
  • water (for boiling macaroni)
  • A drizzle of balsamic vinegar

Method:

Boil macaroni on medium heat for 15mins or until ready.

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Drain water and set aside.

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I started with boiling macaroni because this is a cold salad.

When done with macaroni, heat oil a bit. Please note that Olive oil mustn’t be too hot or it will lose it’s nutrients. Now fry mushrooms, peppers, mixed vegetables and add minced garlic and cook for 8-10 mins.

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As we all know, veggies musn’t be overcooked otherwise they will lose their juicyness and crunchiness :). Stir and set aside to cool.

Now add macaroni to your veggie mixture, season with lemon & herb spice and black pepper and stir.

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When it’s cool enough, add black olives, drizzle balsamic vinegar and serve.

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Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata
Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata

You can also have it with relish if you want.

Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata and relish (beef curry)
Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata and relish (beef curry)

Lemon & Herb African/Zulu Chicken and Dumplings

My friend Ntando & I.
My friend Ntando & I.

Last weekend I decided to visit my friend Ntando who’s a new mom, so I thought I relieve her a bit and took over her kitchen. And BOOM!!! She had an African Chicken in her fridge, we call it “Inkukhu yesiZulu” (Zulu Chicken). This is the chicken that the Zulu tribe keeps as a possession in their homes, and if it’s from the Xhosa tribe, we call it a Xhosa Chicken. I know 🙂

Soooo since the weather was chilly, I decided to make dumplings. When making this chicken, you must be prapared to spend about 3 hours in the kitchen as the meat is “very hard”, some jokingly call it the “Hard Body Chicken” LOL. I had so much fun nonetheless…

Here’s the recipe:

Chicken

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Ingredients:

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  • Full chicken cut into pieces
  • 3 tsp Lemon & Herb spice
  • 1 tsp Garlic & Pepper spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 Lemon, squeezed (lemon juice)
  • 2tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup water

(Combine the above ingredients (excl. water and onion) and marinade overnight for more flavour)

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Dumplings ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water

Mix all the ingredients and make 6 balls

METHOD:

Gooi the whole chicken mixture into the pot, onions and water and cook on medium heat. You won’t need to add more oil as the chicken already has too much fat (see pic below). Cook for 2 hours.

After 2 hours
After 2 hours

Then add your 6 dumpling balls on top of the chicken and parsley on top for that “herby” aroma on dumplings too (see pic)

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Cook for about an hour. You can keep adding some water if your soup is too thick.

And Viola!

Lemon & Herb Zulu Chicken and Dumplings
Lemon & Herb Zulu Chicken and Dumplings

NB: Mushrooms are just for garnish 😉

Pita Bread

Pita Bread
Pita Bread

Only a little is called for in this meal, quick to make and inexpensive too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil

Method:

Combine water, sugar and yeast in a bowl and let stand for 10 minutes or until dissolved and creamy.
Beat in the flour, oil and salt and knead until the dough loses its stickiness.

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Turn dough out onto a floured surface and form into a ball. And from that ball, cut into 6 pieces. Form each piece into a small round ball. Gently pat dough with your fingers, forming a flat, round bread.

In a medium-high heat pan. Lay pita bread and cook until bread begins to puff up and bottom has brown spots/blisters. Flip, cook for a couple of minutes, and flip back onto original side to cook for about 30 seconds.

Pita bread will be filled with hot air and begin to puff up. Stack cooked breads aside; and when cool enough to handle, cut in half and open the pocket inside for stuffing.

Fill with stuffing of your choice.

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Mashed Potato, Sticky Drumstics & White Sangria

Mashed Potato, Sticky Drumstics and White Sangria
Mashed Potato, Sticky Drumstics & White Sangria

Potato mash is my weakness. If it was possible for me I’d eat it everyday, but then…you know what they say…too much of anything is not good.

This is my favourite way of making it.

Potato Mash

Ingredients:

  • 4 peeled medium potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup milk (or more)
  • 1 cup grated cheese

Method:

Boil potatoes until you can easily poke through them with a fork. Drain water and place the steaming hot potatoes into a large bowl. Add all the other ingredients and beat/mash until smooth.

Sticky drumsticks: See my previous sticky wings post

White Sagria

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  • 2 cups white wine Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp syrup

Method:

Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Let the sangria sit in the fridge for at least an hour or more. The sangria sweetens with time, so the longer it sits, the better.

Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are the easiest, quickest meal you could ever make and stuff your face with without feeling any kind of guilt as they are very low in carbs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 500g chicken strips
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • cheese, sliced/grated
  • lettuce leaves
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Method:

Plunge strips into salted water, stir in garlic and cook over medium heat until cooked through. Season with pepper. (You can fry your strips if you like).

To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the strips into the centre of a lettuce leaf, shwarma-style and add sliced onions, tomatoes and cheese.

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Lemon & Herb White Fish with Hollandaise Sauce

Lemon & Herb White Fish with Hollandaise Sauce
Lemon & Herb White Fish with Hollandaise Sauce

Here’s my recipe for white fish with hollandaise sauce. I serve this dish with greens or boiled potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium white fish cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon & herb spice
  • lemon juice
  • pinch of salt (optional/depends on your taste)

Method:

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In a bowl, mix flour, salt and lemon & herb spice and coat your fish.

Heat oil and fry fish on medium heat for about 5 mins or until golden brown. Drizzle lemon juice and cook for 30 more seconds. Season with black pepper.

Hollandaise Sauce

  • 3 whisked egg yolks
  • 175g butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt/aromat
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese

Method:

Mix all the ingredients and whisk until thickened. Garnish with chives (optional).