2.5 pounds beef
2 red onions chopped
4 tsp ginger paste
4 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 green chillies
3 tbsp fennel seeds
6 cardamom seeds
2 tbsp chilly powder(adjust according to your taste buds)
2 tbsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp coriander powder
2 tbsp meat masala/garam masala
1/2 coconut cut into 1" pieces
Salt to taste
In a pan dry roast fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom on medium heat until you get the aroma of spices and colour slightly changes. Cool and then grind it.
Marinate the beef with the above spices, 1 tbsp chilly powder, 1 tbsp turmeric powder, 1 tbsp coriander powder, 1 tbsp meat masala, 3 tsp each of ginger and garlic paste and salt. Keep the marinated meat for 15 min.
Add 1 tbsp coconut oil and saute the meat at high heat until it attains light brown colour. Remove it from pan.
Cook the marinated beef in a pressure cooker.
Add coconut oil to the pan and saute shallots until it turns brown. Remove from pan. In the remaining oil fry coconut pieces till it changes its colour. Do not brown it at this stage as we would be doing this towards the end.
Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil to the same pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add curry leaves and then the chopped big onions. Add the remaining amount of ginger and garlic paste and chopped green chillies.Saute till onion turns brown. Add tomatoes and saute for a while till it turns mushy. Add 1 tbsp each of chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, meat masala and salt.Saute till the raw smell goes. Do a taste test at this stage to check if there is enough salt.
Add the cooked beef and cook till almost 3/4 of the water has evaporated.
At this stage add shallots and coconut pieces.
Turn heat to high and roast till the meat has turned dark brown and dry as shown in the picture. In the process of roasting at high heat keep stirring occasionally else it would stick to the bottom of the pan.
Enjoy with Appam/Porotta!