There are times when I have the meat thawed, onions in the pantry and a other stuff in the fridge and I don't even know what I'm going to cook until I'm sautéing the onions and browning the meat.
The meat is browned in the oven, because I do not like to clean up the greasy mess browning on the stove leaves. Trust me on this one, turn the oven to 425 degrees and brown it for 15 - 20 minutes.
It's during this process I take the time open a cookbook. Tonight I'm going to make "Spiced Beef & Vegetable Stew" or something like it! It's from my new favorite cookbook American Masala, Remember the Indian dinner?
Now it calls for radishes which I do not have, but I think it will be fine without them. First you're supposed to brown the meat with spices... whoops to late for that, it does call for some tomatoes so I'll add a can to the onions and then add ground spices instead of seeds, I also added a couple cloves of garlic.
Add potatoes, carrots and browned meat...
Now I prepared this in the morning after breakfast while enjoying a second cup of coffee, the process really only took 20 minutes. Then I let it simmer while I got ready for the day.
It still wasn't cooked all the way through before I left for work, but it was well on its way. I put in the fridge and brought it out when I got home. This really made the evening much more relaxing and my honey loved it... I won't have to tell him I didn't follow the directions, he already knows I never do! He's just happy to have a dinner waiting for him.
Served on rice with a dollop of Yogurt & Home canned Tomato Relish... It was a hit!
Spices used in this dish were: cumin, coriander, red chili pepper, cinnamon stick, sweet paprika, salt & pepper. I also added a can of water to cover the meat & veggies to simmer.
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