An Indian-style meat curry

Having experimented with making Indian-style dishes for a long time, I have found that this one works every time and has met with approval from all who have tried it.


(Serves 3-4)



Procedure (curry)

  1. Fry the onion in a heavy casserole in the corn oil until it begins to soften. Stir in the garlic, ginger, and chilies.
  2. Reduce heat and fry gently for awhile.
  3. Meanwhile, toast the hard seeds and cinnamon in a dry heavy frying pan until they begin to pop. Grind the toasted seeds into a fine powder and add to the frying mixture together with the chile powder and the turmeric.
  4. Add the chopped tinned tomatoes and stir in with 1 tsp salt. If the mixture is dry, add a little water or stock. Cover and allow to simmer gently for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Trim the fat off the pre-cooked meat and cut into bite sized pieces. When the sauce has simmered for the 2 hours, switch off and stir in the meat. Leave to stand preferably overnight, and re-heat before eating.

Procedure (rice)

  1. Heat corn oil in a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Add cloves, crushed cardamom pods, and cinnamon.
  2. Add rice and turmeric, and mix well by swishing the pan round. Add boiling water and bay leaf, and stir.
  3. Cover and simmer gently for 12-15 minutes, until all the water has been absorbed. Use a fork to remove the seeds and bay leaf and turn out into a warmed dish. Allow to stand in a warm place for 5 to 10 minutes and fluff up with a fork before serving.


The sauce can be prepared in advance, to use with leftover meat, or you can cook the meat and sauce to order.

Plain yoghurt may be substituted for the tomatoes if preferred.

Experiment with the seasonings. As a guide, ginger and chile powder will increase the heat, corriander will increase the sweetness, and fenugreek and cumin will increase the bitterness.


Difficulty: easy to moderate.
Time: 30 minutes preparation, 2 hours cooking, overnight wait.
Precision: Approximate measurement OK.


Colin Atherton 
Logitek Ltd, Bradley Lane, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0XQ, UK 
colin@logitek.uucp mcvax!ukc!qtlon!logitek!colin 
Recipe last modified: 21 Jun 86

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