Beef and Spinach Curry

When you hear the word curry, you immediately think of HOT.  And if truth be told, that is a real injustice to curry recipes all over the world.  My Dad never eats curry, (a bad experience in school I believe).  Because of that we never ate curry at home.  It really only when I went to Ballymaloe that the repertoire of curry opened it’s doors to my tastebuds.  Don’t get me wrong- I’m not a lover of HOT flavours, but I LOVE the fragrance and aromas that the perfect mix of spices conjure up.

The trick for me is to taste the chillis first before using.  A general rule of thumb is

The Smaller the Chilli- the hotter the flavour

The hottest chilli in the world is reported to be the Carolina Reaper.  I wouldn’t even like to chop it…

Beef & Spinach Curry
On that note, be always super vigilant when slicing and dicing chillies, whatever their temperature, no rubbing of the nose or eyes or the like……..

Beef & Spinach Curry

Ingredients

2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 large onion, finely sliced

1 red chilli, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon chilli powder

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

675g (1½ lb) beef fillet, sliced

1 teaspoon salt

1 tin chopped tomatoes

175ml coconut milk

275g (10 oz) spinach

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method:

Heat the ghee in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in the garlic and onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chilli and continue to cook for another 3 minutes. Season with the garam masala, coriander, chilli powder, turmeric and cumin. Cook for 2 to 3 more minutes to release the flavour.

Beef & Spinach Curry

Stir in the beef and salt, cook for 3 minutes more. Add the tomatoes, coconut milk and spinach. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Uncover, then stir in the lemon juice and cook for 10 more minutes, stirring frequently until the sauce has thickened.

I like to serve this with some soft naan breads and some basmati rice. Divine.

Beef & Spinach Curry

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