Hi, Ray here again.
It’s curry time again! I never get tired of saying that phrase. Sunday night curry is usually the highlight of the weekend. I’m amazed that I love cooking the Sunday curry. 5 years ago all I could bring out of the kitchen was beans on toast, cheese on toast, spaghetti on toast … you get the idea.
So Saturday morning saw me browsing through the untested curry recipes to find one that was really quick and easy to make, I had a lot of stuff to do on Sunday and didn’t want to hang around the kitchen too much.
And I found the perfect curry to make. I found a beef madras curry recipe that I hadn’t tested yet. I’ve previously made 3 different beef madras curries from the great range of madras curry recipes on the Curry Focus website. Although the curry takes about 2 hours to prepare and cook the ingredients, the main cooking phase is 90 minutes of cooking the curry in a casserole dish. Perfect.
I picked up the ingredients that I didn’t already have (the beef and spinach) when out on my Saturday shopping trip and Sunday afternoon saw me preparing the ingredients and then starting to cook the curry a couple of hours before eating time.
And everything went pretty smoothly. Nothing went wrong and before too long I was popping the casserole into the oven so I could get on with a couple of minor jobs around the house. All I had to do was remember to come back and stir the curry a couple of times. I was drawn full time into the kitchen once the rice was cooking and I quickly washed and chopped up the spinach for the final cooking step.
The curry tasters arrived about 10 minutes before the curry was ready. They were pretty neutral about the curry, one of them claiming that it couldn’t be a curry if it was being cooked in a casserole in the oven. Some people have funny ideas and he decided to stay and try out the curry rather than my offered alternative of a jam sandwich for dinner.
I served up the beef madras curry on basmati rice and everyone got stuck into the great food. And it was great food. The beef was well cooked and really tender. The curry was really tasty and had the added advantage of having potatoes and spinach in the curry. That’s potatoes AND spinach. A double bonus. The beef madras curry was pretty dry, which is how I think a madras curry should be. The curry proved to be very popular and received an average taste score of 8.5 out of 10 with a spice/heat level of “Hot”.
As written, the recipe produced more than enough curry for 6 people. Reducing the quantity of beef to 500g (just over a pound) would give more than an adequate meal for 4 people.
Once again, a Curry Focus beef madras curry recipe proved to be a winner. This is the 4th beef madras curry recipe that has been tested, and rated, and the lowest taste score for a curry was 8 out of 10. All of the beef madras curries are hot and it is a bit pointless to make a madras curry unless you like a bit of heat.