Friday, June 4, 2010

Spiced Beef in Toasted Sesame

It's back to school for Joel tomorrow- a change in our schedules, excitement, anxiety...sigh!
Here's a new version of beef that I experimented on with fantastic results. If you have access to the traditional East Indian masala, it makes your work easy.

Spiced Beef in Toasted Sesame
Serves 3
1/4kg beef cubes

-11/2tsp East Indian masala
1/2tsp tumeric powder
1/2tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
-1tsp ground pepper
-salt to taste
-lemon juice

1 large onion
2 flakes of garlic
1/2inch piece of ginger
1 cup beef stock
lime-sized ball of tamarind
1/4tsp garam masala
toasted sesame seeds
salt to taste

  • Wash clean, dry and marinade the beef cubes for an hour.
  • Add 1 cup water and pressure cook till soft.
  • Clean the tamarind and soak in warm water, extract the pulp when soft. Keep aside.
  • Cube the onion, grind the onion, peeled garlic and ginger into a paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the paste.
  • Add the beef stock and garam masala and cook till the onion is no more raw.
  • Add tamarind paste. Stir well.
  • Take off the heat.
  • Add toasted sesame seeds liberally and serve hot with rice, pasta, parathas.


  1. I love the seasoning for the beef! And anything that involves garam masala and sesame seeds. Delicious dish. Good luck with back-to-school!

  2. Such a flavourful dish! All you need is just some plain rice and a few nice sliced of cucumber. Though I'm not a big fan of beef, your beef recipe sounds really delicious. Hope you'll have a great weekend, Shirley.
    Cheers, Kristy

  3. The beef sounds fantastic!

  4. hellllllllllo there! found you on foodbuzz! :) your page is lovely! feel free to drop by my page when you have the time! thanks a bunch.

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  5. Sounds delicious.
    Wishing you a great weekend ♥

  6. This sounds great Shirley! I think it would be a hit at our house. I am tandooring this weekend!

  7. cool dear. sesame seeds n beef must be a hit...

  8. Shirley, I just mentioned you in my blog..I'm doing a version of your semolina pudding for dessert tonight



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