Madras Curry Stew
Madras curry is a fairly hot blend of herbs & spices that originated in southern India. While you can create your own Madras curry spice blend & sauce to cook with, this version is made with a delicious organic premade sauce that cuts your cooking time down to a minimum. Best served warm, not hot, on a bed of Jasmine Rice & accompanied by heated Naan bread smeared with my Peach Apricot Ginger Spread, making a spectacular meal!
1 lb ground beef (preferably chuck, grass fed, pasture raised)
1 – 12oz jar Seeds of Change Organic Madras Sauce (see Tip# 1)
1/2 red or Vidalia onion, chopped into large bite-sized pieces
1/2 large or 1 small zucchini, slice in half lengthwise & then cut into thick slices (see Tip# 2)
1/2 red bell pepper, remove seeds & cut into strips
1 to 2 pieces of Naan bread (see Tip# 3)
Peach Apricot Ginger Spread – needs to be made 24 hrs in advance (see recipe in the Bakery, Breads & Spreads category)
Optional: roughly chopped cilantro for garnish
1. In a 4 or 5 quart Dutch oven, cook & stir ground beef over med-high heat till cooked through (no pink). Drain off liquid & return to pot.
2. Add the entire jar of Madras Sauce & stir till combined. Cover, set aside & let sit 45 min to 1 hour to absorb the sauce.
3. While waiting, cook the Jasmine Rice & set aside (see recipe in the Rice & Grains category).
4. In a frypan; heat butter on med-high heat till melted & hot. Add onion, zucchini & bell pepper. Fry till starting to brown, stirring occasionally.
5. Add vegetables, along with pan drippings, to meat sauce. Stir till combined. Cover & simmer on med-low to low 2 to 3 minutes, give it a stir & remove from heat.
6. Heat Naan bread according to pkg directions, add spread, cut into fourths.
7. Add some rice to each plate & make a well in center.
8. Spoon desired amount of Madras Stew in the well. Garnish with cilantro, if using & serve with Naan bread on the side.
Tips & Suggestions
1. Most large supermarkets & natural food stores carry Seeds of Change Madras Sauce in their International food section, near other Asian foods.
2. You can replace the zucchini with another vegetable of your choice.
3. If you’re not familiar with Naan bread, you’re in for a treat. Naan is a delicious, soft, hand-stretched flatbread made in a traditional fashion in a high heat tandoor oven. Most larger supermarkets carry it these days & it’s usually found, prepackaged, in the bakery area. You can even freeze the package, as is, for months & the bread still tastes fresh when you defrost it!