February 28, 2011

Mom's special Beef vindaloo


  • Beef, cut into cubes: 1 kg 
  • Onion: 2 big ones thinly sliced 
  • Ginger: 1 tsp thinly sliced 
  • Garlic: 1 ½ tsp thinly sliced 
  • Chilly powder: ½ - 1 tsp 
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp 
  • Coriander leaves – ¾ cup chopped reserve a little for garnishing 
  • Salt: to taste 
  • Vinegar: 1 1/2 tbsp or depending on your taste 
  • Water ¾ cup

To Grind:  
  • Fennel seeds: 1 tsp 
  • Peppercorns: 2 tsp (depending on your taste) 
  • Cardamom: 4 
  • Cloves 4 
  • Cinnamon sticks 2 small pieces 
  • Mustard seeds: 1 tsp 


  • Grind the ingredients for under the grind list into fine powder and add vinegar and keep aside. 
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker; add the sliced ginger and garlic and sauté till its light brown in color. 
  • Add the thinly sliced onions and sauté till they are soft and light brown. 
  • Add the turmeric powder, chilly powder, salt, coriander leaves and masala paste and sauté for a minute. 
  • Add the beef and fry for 5 minutes. 
  • Add enough water to cover the beef and cook till the beef is done. 
  • Open the cooker after all the pressure is gone .The gravy should be thick. If there is more water just simmer for few more minutes till you get thick gravy.