Monday, 8 February 2010

Beef Vindaloo

Here is the Kochi Style Vindaloo - to be frank I'm not familiar with any other Kerala cusines like Kuttanad, Malabar, Trivandrum etc.  As far as I can trace my family roots, all my Grannys and their Great Great Grannys are from Cochin and so is my better half's. A bit unlucky that way, not to have had a peek into the multitude of Kerala cusines. But now thanks to blogging, I'm getting to know many new ways!!!

I have a craving for extremely spicy dishes and Vindaloo, which needs loads of chilli, goes hand in hand with this obsession. Got the recipe from my Aunt, she makes the best vindaloo in our family!  According to her, Vindaloo has dominant garlic and mustard flavours with a red tint. Hence the red chillies are de-seeded and used - this allows employing more of them to enhance the red tint and de-seeding keeps the spice level under check.

You will need...

Beef - 1 kg diced
Mustard seeds - 1 1/2 tbsp
Whole Red Chillies - 12 - 15 deseeded
Vinegar(Distilled Malt Vinegar) - 3-4  tbsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 sliced
Curry leaves - few

Grind together:
Green Chillies - 3-4
Onions - 2
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 1 1/2 pod

Grind all these together into a coarse paste.


Grind mustard seeds and keep aside. Deseed chillies, grind it into a smooth paste with vinegar and keep aside.  In a thick bottomed vessel or pressure cooker heat oil, saute the sliced onions until golden.  Add the ground onion mixture and saute until oil seperates. This might take some time, so be patient. Add the garam masala powder, turmeric powder, ground chilli paste, mustard powder, curry leaves and saute for further 3-4 minutes. Add meat, salt, 1 tbsp vinegar and pressure cook as much you normally do for beef(cooking time varies depending on pressure cooker).  Once done open and saute in high flame until gravy thickens. Serve hot with rice/roti.

-The recipe calls for beef fillets or meduim slices. I used diced beef and did'nt find much of a difference.
-To deseed the chillies, slit the chillies lengthwise and tap off the seeds.  If you do not have whole chillies you can use chilli powder instead.  Soak it in vinegar.
-You can adjust the vinegar and chilli amount to suit your liking. 
-Can substitute beef with any meat of your choice.

And now Award time again. Fathima of Thattukada has shared three lovely Awards with me!!! Wow!!! Three at one go!!! Thanks a ton Fathima!!!

I would like to share these three Awards with all my blogger friends. All of you my wonderful, inspiring, creative blogger friends please accept your Awards...


  1. Hey, I am not into Beef for religious reasons but the presentation looks great. If I am to try this recipe, can I substitute Lamb instead of Beef?

  2. Wonderful looking curry! I have yet to try making a vindaloo!

  3. Wow... This looks Yummy! look at the color of the curry... mmm....

  4. congratsssss on ur awardssss.i dnt eat beef..i luv the color of the curry.spicy:)

  5. Congratulations on your award.. the picture is great and thanks for sharing the award with us..

  6. Congratssss dear...Beef kandu kothi vitirikuvarunnu...Soooo tempting and colourful...

  7. simply superb..absolutely tempting clicks, dear! and congrats on all ur well deserved awards, sweetie!

  8. My hubby will definitely love this vindaloo, will try out with chickens..Congrats on ur awards dear..

  9. Wow just when i was wondering what il do with the beef cubes i have at home, and this, im definitely going to try. Will let you know how it turned out

  10. Havent cooked beef myself but would love to substitute with lamb or chicken looks very juicy and finger licking food!!! Congrats on your Awards dear!!!

  11. I never tried vindaloo with beef,looks and sounds yumm...

  12. Thank u so much for visiting my blog dear ..I m really happy to a kochi girl..Kochi is like my hometown.Loved ur space too..will follow u.

  13. Mouth watering when i look ur vindaloo.. definitely will try soon..

  14. good vindaloooo cicily...delightful...

  15. Heard a lot but never trie making Vindaloo.Must try it.Looks really yummm!
    Congrats on ur awards.

    Do drop by

  16. wow....wonderful of my fav...and nice click too.

  17. Thanks for ur bday wishes Cicily..Oh its grt..u too r here..most of my blogger friends are in U.S, finally got a U.K buddy..where do u live here..I m in London.

  18. Congrats on your award..njoyy them....

  19. Congrats on the awards. loved the Vindaloo pic. we make indaloo a lot but mostly with its aroma.

  20. Vindaloo recipe seems very perfect . Congrats on your awards dear.

  21. I think Kerala cuisine is even more regional :D Because I've seen my mom and mom in law cooking same dish in different ways though both are from the same district :D
    This looks too good and congrats Cicily!!!

  22. Never get a chance to taste this.Hum When i come to ur home pls make this for me(Ennanavo)Hope one day it will happen.Mouthwatering picture

  23. Da kuttimalu, varum varum ennu paranju kore perayi kothippikkunne...eppo neeyum...grrrrrrrr...

  24. looks awesome, and congrats for award