Sunday, July 6, 2014

Beef Keema

10527312_10152582649766663_6709504565997041626_n This month for Secret Recipe Club I was assigned Ilona’s blog Ilonaskitchen.  Ilona’s blog is chockfull of wonderfully delicious sounding recipes but when Indian food lovers like us happened upon not one, not two, but three keema recipes, well we knew what would be making an appearance in our home this month.  Out of the three recipes that Ilona had posted, we decided on this version as she made it once without the addition of coconut milk and then revisited the recipe making it a second time with the coconut milk, so we figured if she loved it the first time and went back to add in an ingredient as delicious as coconut milk, well it just had to be really, really good.  And good it was, totally delicious in fact and the creaminess of the coconut milk with the spiciness of the meat…pure perfection!

10525944_10152582649626663_1868865758867977544_nOf course there were a few changes we made to the original recipe.  We really love intense flavors so we cut the amount of meat back but kept the original amount of spice.  Also, we haven’t been eating white potatoes or peas so we swapped out the white potato with sweet potato and just nixed the peas.  We enjoyed the Beef Keema with Plantain Wraps, which kept our meal gluten and grain free but totally flavorful and satisfying.  Enjoy this version or Ilona’s version, either way you won’t be disappointed.

10308216_10152582649821663_789507190292853144_n Beef Keema (adapted from here)

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 TBS. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 TBS. Madras curry powder
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled & cut into 1/4-inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • One 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  • One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving

In a large skillet, over medium high heat, heat the ghee. Add the ground beef, seasoning with salt and pepper.  Cook, breaking the meat apart into small pieces, until there is no pink left.  Add the onion, garlic, ginger & curry powder. Stir and cook until the onion has softened, about 5-7 minutes.  Stir in the sweet potato, making sure to coat it with all the flavors in the pan. Add the broth, coconut milk and canned tomatoes.  Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and cook until the sweet potatoes are tender and the sauce has thickened, about 15-20 minutes.  Using a wooden spoon, crush about half of the sweet potatoes into the broth.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve sprinkled with chopped cilantro, accompanied by plantain wraps, naan or chapati.


My previous Secret Recipe Club Recipe Posts: 

Roasted Grape Tomato, Garlic & Poblano Ragu
Mexican Feast: Cream of Ancho Chile Soup, Roasted Poblano Burger with Chile de Arbol Guacamole & Pork Crusted Baked Poblano Fries 
Zesty Zucchini Skillet 
Garlic Seafood in Coconut Milk 
Lamb & Eggplant with Chiles
Fijian Ceviche
Carrot & Sweet Potato Pancakes   
Chicken Burgers with Spinach & Mushrooms 
Paradise Mango Curried Shrimp 
Laura Goodenough’s Apple Coffee Cake 
Loaded Potato Soup
Lemon Almond Biscotti 
Creamy Mints 
Thai Peanut Noodles with Chicken 
Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings 
Fried Green Tomatoes 
Chicken Satay Noodle Salad 
Double Chocolate Mousse Cake 
Candied Popcorn
Fruit, Nut & Poppy Seed Chicken Salad 
Broiled Sushi 
Health(ier) Peanut Brittle 
Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites 
Texas Chicken with Lime Butter 
Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens 
Thin Mint Irish Coffee 
Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies 
Welsh Cakes 
Nutella Crêpes 
Cilantro Lime Chicken 
Holy Guacamole 
Home Style Chicken Curry

Secret Recipe Club

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Plantian Wraps

10464077_10152582883741663_7526245433071474159_n Maisie, because of her allergies has been gluten, egg and dairy free for a couple of years.  I have never been a huge bread lover so I haven’t missed not having bread in the house and it’s done us no harm not having all the baked goods either.  Then about a year ago I cut all gluten/grains from my diet so gluten-free breads and corn tortillas were no longer on my plate, though Maisie continues to eat them.  Not eating grains I have come to love plain burgers on a plate and chicken and various other “sandwich” salads served in lettuce wraps.  Then I saw a number of recipes for plantain tortillas/wraps/bread and they captured my attention.  Some of the recipes were very plain, plantains, water, salt & pepper and then others included the addition of coconut or tapioca flour.  Some of the recipes called for green plantains while others wanted partially ripe yellow ones.  In the end I put together my own version and we’ve been happily enjoying them, warm or cold, wrapping a whole variety of foods. 

10479576_10152582709121663_6354987559437153414_nWe enjoy the slight banana taste of the ripe plantain so yellow with a few dark spots works perfect for us.

 10511333_10152582708931663_4993243137204266106_nThis recipe is beyond simple as all the ingredients are added to a blender and then once smooth, dollops are spread into rounds on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and baked until golden.  Easy-peasy!!

10458112_10152582843906663_7692423888870189819_nOh and don’t judge but my favorite filling for these Plantain Wraps is a slightly rare, cold, broiled chicken liver…Even if you hate liver, give these Plantain Wraps a try, they’re really quite amazing. 

10471427_10152582709011663_1684118762748472959_n Plantain Wraps

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  Cut each plantain into a few pieces and then score and pry off the peel.   Place the peeled plantain pieces and all the other ingredients into a blender and process until smooth and about the consistency of yogurt.  Add additional water if necessary.  Using a large cookie scoop (approx 3 TBS) portion out the plantain mixture for 6 wraps per sheet (will only have 3-5 on the third baking sheet) and then using a small offset spatula smooth the batter for each wrap to an approximate 5-inch round.  Bake for 10 minutes and then rotate the pans to different shelves and turn each pan for even cooking, and bake for approximately 5 minutes longer until the wraps are golden and puffed.  Remove from the oven and allow the wraps to cool on the baking sheets.  Then easily peel the wraps off the parchment paper and enjoy.  Store the wraps in either a Ziplock bag or sealed container in the refrigerator.  There is no need to layer parchment between the wraps, they can just be stacked. 


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