Monday, March 28, 2011

Malaysian Beef Curry

The hunt for slow cooker recipes continues! I liked this better than anyone else in our family. I loved it, so, here's the recipe! It's a nice switch from normal slow cooker recipe flavors. Curtis said he would like this better if it had more spice. However, spice is a no go in our family, with M and her sensitive palate. The boys ate this fine.

I used stew meat instead of chuck roast. The stew meat worked fine.

This makes 6 generous servings.

Malaysian Beef Curry
from Bon Appetit

Spice Paste
4 - 8 large dried New Mexico chiles
2 - 4 lemongrass talks
1/2 c onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 t coriander
1 1 /2 t cumin
1/2 t ginger
3 T fish sauce
1 T brown sugar

3 lb boneless chuck roast or stew meat, trimmed, and cut into 1 1/2" cubes
1 (13.5-oz) can unsweetened coconut milk
zest from 1 lime
2 whole star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 T tamarind paste
chopped fresh cilantro
cooked rice

To make the spice paste: Cover the chiles with very hot water and soak until soft, about 45 minutes. Drain, stem, seed, and chop chiles. Cut off the bottom 4" from the lemongrass stalks. Chop and transfer to food processor (reserve tops of stalks for the stew). Add onions, garlic, coriander, cumin, ginger, 1 t black pepper and process until finely ground. Add 1/2 c water, chiles, fish sauce, and sugar. Process to paste.

To make the stew: Smash reserved lemongrass stalks with a rolling pan (fun job!). Bend in half and bundle with kitchen twine. Mix beef and spice paste in slow cooker. Stir in lemongrass bundles, coconut milk, lime zest, star anise, cinnamon, and tamarind. Press meat down completely to submerge. Cook stew on low heat until meat is very tender, 4 1/2 - 5 hours. Spoon excess far from surface of stew before serving. Remove lemongrass bundles, stir anise, and cinnamon stick.

Transfer to stew to bowl. Serve over top steamed rice and sprinkled with cilantro.

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