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Рецепт Slow Cooked Bangla Beef In Clay

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I cook 7 days a week. I cook because I love it. I cook because with my writing I work out of my house. There was one brief period when we decided to have an office at a studio. We were working at Warner Bros and they said, "you guys want an office?" so we said, "sure".
Well, having an office meant actually having to put pants on that didn't have a drawstring and wear actual shoes to work. We also spent a great deal of time looking out the window of our office and getting passes for friends to come on the lot. As to getting work done? Not so much. We wound up goofing off at work and then having to come home and work at night. In the meantime, I'd developed a nasty late night pork rind habit. We never worked away from our home office again. So even though I'm home most every day, I still like things that make cooking easier. Whether it's a fancy company meal or just family style, a little help is always appreciated.
Nothing makes a company dinner or lunch easier than clay. Nothing. I'm not kidding here. Remember all those crock pots from the '70s and the modern electric slow cookers of today? They're just a modern twist on the oldest cooking method of all, clay.
Last Sunday we had company for lunch. I cooked the entree slowly in a pomaire clay pot on Saturday afternoon and warmed it gently in the clay while I was preparing Sunday's lunch. The result was flavorful and incredibly tender. It also left me a lot of time to mess around with falooda noddles and such the next day without worrying about the main dish.
I was looking for something interesting to cook and I thought why not beef?
Beef is not something one associates with Indian cuisine, but like any large country, different things are eaten in different areas depending on the background and beliefs of the people who live there.
This dish comes from Bangla and is cooked bhoona style.
Another reason to cook beef: I happened to have some nice local grass fed stewing beef and I knew that this cooking style was exactly suited to a meat that is not exactly fatty and might be tough cooked any other way.
I cooked this beef with spices slowly for about three hours or so in a clay pot, then transferred it to a Pyrex dish to be stored overnight in the fridge. The next day I checked for any solid, hardened fat that might have risen to the surface. There was none. If there had been, that would be the time to flick it off the dish before re-warming and cooking again. In re-cooking and warming, the dish retains all the flavor of something cooked with the fat, but without the fat which is removed before serving. A little trick that Paula Wolfert taught me.
The recipe originally came to me via Mangoes and Curry Leaves, one of my favorite Indian cookbooks. This is my adaptation.
It works really well with a simple rice or dal and rice pilaf and a vegetable. I added in some chapattis because I am greedy and must have my chapatti.
And a raita with a bit of boondi as this was a company event. I don't break out the boondi for just anybody.
So, to sum it all up cooking in clay can be a relaxing way to prepare an otherwise complicated meal. It also tastes amazingly good. If you're looking for clay pots you'll find several links on my website to some of my favorite places.
Cooking in clay is one example of cooking as they did in the good old days that makes for a lot less work.

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  1. 1.) Cut 1 1/2 lbs stewing beef into small bite-sized pieces and set it aside.
  2. In a spice grinder mix together
  3. 2.) 1/4 tsp each of
  4. black mustard seed
  5. cumin seed
  6. fennel seed
  7. fenugreek seed
  8. nigella seed
  9. 3.) In a clay pot or a heavy regular pot heat
  10. 3.) 3 Tbs of vegetable oil
  11. Add the spices and cook them until they become aromatic and darken or the mustard seeds have popped.
  12. Toss in
  13. 4.) 1/2 tsp turmeric
  14. 5.) 2 tsp coriander
  15. 6.) 2 bay leaves
  16. 7.) One 2 inch piece of cinnamon stick
  17. 8.) 1 Tbs of finely chopped ginger mashed to paste
  18. 9.) 1 Tbs of finely shopped shallot or garlic mashed to a paste
  19. Stir the mixture around and fry it up for about 30 seconds
  20. Add in
  21. 10.) 2 cups thinly sliced onions
  22. Turn the heat to medium anmd stir fry the onions and spices till the onions have turned translucent and soft. This should take about 10 minutes or so.
  23. 11.) Toss in the beef pieces and 4 green chilies sliced into thin rings
  24. Stir everything around, tryng to brown the meat a bit on all sides. Add
  25. 12.) 1 cup of water Note if using clay, always use warm water, so that you don't shock or crack your pot
  26. 13.) Toss in 2 Tbs of fresh lime juice
  27. Bring everything to a boil and when it's bubbling add in
  28. 14.) 1 tsp salt
  29. 15.) 1 tsp of sugar
  30. Now, turn the heat down to medium and partially cover the pot and simmer away for 2 to 3 hours until the beef is nice and tender and the sauce has thickened. Cooking the dish this way allows it to cook slowly while you attend to other things. I'm not saying one should go out ice skating or hang gliding and just leave this dish on the stove. Keep an eye on your pot, occasionally stirring so that nothing sticks or burns. This is especially important if you're using clay. but at least cooking this dish in this manner does not chain one to the kitchen.
  31. When the dish is done. It can be refirgerated and served the next day allowing the flavors to blend and mellow. Before serving chop
  32. 16.) 1 cup of fresh cilantro and
  33. You might also fry up some extra onions and scatter them across the top of the dish.
  34. Serve this with fresh lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 322g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 489  
Calories from Fat 325 66%
Total Fat 36.27g 45%
Saturated Fat 11.16g 45%
Trans Fat 0.26g  
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 692mg 29%
Potassium 705mg 20%
Total Carbs 11.35g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.0g 7%
Sugars 5.14g 3%
Protein 29.62g 47%
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  • Claudia lamascolo
    Amazing sounds so much healthy and this is such great info! thanks Kathy~
    • Frank Fariello
      I'm jealous. I occasionally get to work from home and boy, what a treat! And I agree, whenever I really, really need to get some real work done, I do it at home. Anyway, on to the beef stew... sounds wonderful. I love stews and this one is very different from anything I've made... will definitely try this soon!

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