Cheap Eats &Recipes 16 Jan 2010 04:11 pm

Beef and Squash curry Mk2

Sorry for such a similar post to the preceeding one, but this was so nice (I had it 3 days in a row, which for me is unbelievable, normally I’m bored after 2 and freeze the leftovers until next time) I want it again tomorrow.

I decided to try it again with a few changes though.

  • 600g stewing beef.
  • 4 onions roughly shopped.
  • 800g butternut squash chopped finely (I wanted it to break down quicker, and also it gave me more room in the slow cooker)
  • 5 carrots sliced into half inch rounds.
  • 1 400g tin of red kidney beans
  • 1/2 jar Madras curry paste.
  • 1 tin tomatoes.
  • 1tbs garlic paste
  • 1tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of lime pickle (I wanted something to cut the sweetness of the curry)
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • a little oil.

Sear the beef until well browned.remove and continue.

Fry off the onions until cooked down and caramelised.

Add the squash and carrots, cook for a further minute or two. Add the curry paste, pickle garlic and cayenne and fry off for 2-3 minutes.

Add the tomatos and reduce over a high heat until very thick and almost dry (only takes a minute or 2). Put the meat and the drained tin of beans in and stir. Then transfer to the crockpot. I added maybe half a cup of water to the saute pan just to deglaze and ensure that all the spices and juices were. There was almost no liquid in the slow cooker even after this went in.

Mine is in the crockpot smelling delicious, I’ll update this one it’s cooked and I’ve tried it.

Well it smelt delicious, and made me hungry all day. But I was good and left it until the next day to have more than a spoonful to taste (I had a delicious Toad in the hole). first taste you could really taste the lime pickle. Almost overpoweringly so. And it was _much_ hotter than the previous version.

However, it calmed down massively overnight. The lime flavour was toned down, and while still hotter it didn’t have that intense heat it had the night before. It also thickened overnight, and what I was worried aas quite a watery sauce, thickened, and stayed thick even after reheating.

All in all my first version was better though.

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