Gheema / Beef Curry

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Gheema / Beef Curry – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights, Salwaa Smith

Boneless beef cut into small cubes made into a curry and served with roti or white rice. Curry is almost always accompanied with atchar or sambals.

Gheema Curry
Gheema Curry

Ingredients:
3 onions finely chopped
2 ripe tomatoes grated
1/2 green and red pepper finely chopped
2 tsp garlic grated
2 tsp ginger grated
3 green chillies slit
3 bay leaves
3 pieces stick cinnamon
7 cardamom pods
5 allspice
10 curry leaves
2 tsp tomatoe paste
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 kg beef steak cut in small pieces
2 tbsp leaf masala / roasted masala
2 tsp salt or to taste
2 tsp tumeric
1 1/2 tsp whole coriander seeds
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp whole fennel / bariship seeds
Few potatoes (optional), peeled and cut into quarters

Method

Braise chopped onion in oil until transparent or slightly brown
Add garlic, ginger, green, red pepper and braised a further 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add cardamom, allspice, stick cinnamon and bay leaves.
In another hot pan take all the whole spices, fennel, cumin and coriander and warm it in the pan for about 1-2 minutes take care not to burn these spices. Make it semi fine in a mortar and pestle and put aside. The aroma is beautiful.
Braise for a further 5 minutes then add salt and all the spices.
Add beef steak and cook for about 45 minutes until beefsteak are soft and tender adding little bit of water at a time.
Now add tomatoes and tomatoe paste as well as curry leaves give the pot a vigorous stir then add potatoes and cook until potatoes soft not forgetting to add little of water as needed and stir occasionally.

Serve with roti, white rice or flat bread or naan bread.

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Mavrou

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Mavrou
A Cape Malay traditional dish which is usually served at weddings, on Eid and other special occasions. Mavrou is a very colourful dish and is usually made with steak.

Mavrou
Mavrou

Ingredients:
1 kg cubed steak or goulash
10 ml salt
10 ml ground jeera (cumin)
15 ml ground koljana (coriander)
10 ml barishap (fennel seeds)
15 ml crushed red chillies
3 cloves
3 whole all spice
10 ml ground ginger
10 ml ground garlic
3 cardamom pods
3 cinnamon sticks

Few strands saffron (optional)
4 large onions, thinly sliced

Oil for braising onions
2 large tomatoes, grated

Method:
• Combine all spices and mix well with meat. Marinate for at least an hour.
• Heat oil in large pot and braise onions until soft and golden, adding water when necessary.
• Add meat and cook covered until soft, adding water when necessary.
• Serve with white or savoury rice decorated with boiled eggs cut into quarters.

VARIATION:

Served with steamed mix vegetables of peas.