Friday, September 7, 2012

Mamma's Curried Steak

If marriage happens between two families, then I can very well say that I got married to a family of meat lovers. Me ..... being born and brought up in Cochin, it was definitely easy to gel with them. Anglo-Indian households have a distinctive character of its own. They are one big merry making lot who love to eat, eat and eat. Most of the dishes cooked in their kitchens resembled or were almost the same, which my Mom used to make. But definitely not this one, this certainly has got an Anglo touch to it.

The recipe is from the Iron lady of the house, whom we lovingly call Mamma (my hubby’s granny). She has a unique character of her own, always seen hale and hearty, running around the house, and doing her chores. No wonder she brought up 12 children all alone. The dish we are talking about is Iron lady’s signature dish and familiar to the members of family as Mumma’s beef curry.

Immediately our marriage, we spend some days with her. On one of the days, Mumma prepared this curry for us all by herself. How wonderful is that! and Wow much to my surprise, it was steak in curried form. Felt like eating out at a steakhouse with a Kerala twist to it. Was purely a treat for me and fell in love with it for the first time. Love you Mumma.

The dish was very inviting showing the Anglo-indian side of them so evident. There is one more unique recipe which is famous in the family and that comes from Papa (hubby’s grandpa). It is really a tough competiton for Mamma’s beef curry. Papa’s beef curry is too simple yet it tastes scrumptious. Can I say simplicity at its best …..oh, yeah, it is. I will be posting it soon.

Cheers to Mumma.

Beef - 1 kg (Ask the butcher for steak, you can cut and flatten them later to your desired sizes)
Shallots - 2 handfuls
Onion - 2 medium
Garlic - 1 floret
Ginger - 4 inch piece
Green chillies - 3
Curry leaves - 4 sprigs 
Pepper powder - 2 tbsp
Fennel powder - 1 1/2 tbsp
Garam masala - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp

1. Wash and clean the beef and let it sit for sometime so that all the water goes off. Pound beef pieces one by one with a knife horizontally and vertically to get flattened beef steaks. 

2. Slice the onions. Chop ginger and garlic. Using a pestle and mortar, pound the shallots, half of the ginger chopped, half of the garlic chopped. Now add pepper powder, fennel powder, garam masala, and turmeric powder to this and pound them again. 

3. Keep the other half of ginger and garlic for later use. 

4. Heat oil in a cooker, saute onion, reserved ginger and garlic. When it is sauteed well, remove it and keep it aside in a plate. 

5. Now saute the already pound shallots, ginger, garlic, pepper powder, fennel powder, garam masala, and turmeric powder. When they are sauteed well, add the flattened beef pieces and reserved things from #4.

6. Mix well and pressure cook till two whistles. Mummas curried steak pairs equally with rice, chapathi, idiappam, or tapioca. 


When you strike beef horizontally and vertically, the steak will become like the one shown in the picture above.


  1. Go girl.... you are making me proud...

  2. Hi, stumbled upon your blog, you have a nice space with some different and interesting recipes.Do drop in a visit to the Runner Girls kitchen.

  3. That looks awesome.. makes me hungry..:)

  4. any left over there...
    very inviting..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  5. Just here by chance and cheers for the spirit to publish closely gaurded secret recipes. If you don't do this, all good recipes will get extinct. Would like to see some recipes of vindaloos,burffarths, especially Fortcochin/Ernakulam.



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