Sunday, February 28, 2010

Balti Chili – Sara – Feb ’10 Chili Challenge

I’ve been on an Indian food kick lately; I decided to alter a Balti Bhuna recipe for this challenge.


Diced Tomatoes 42 oz (3 14 oz cans) (or tomato sauce if you prefer)

Onion – 2 medium

Ground Beef – 1 lb

Noodles – of your preference & amt

Ghee/Vegetable Oil – 3 tbsp

Garlic Paste – 3 tbsp

Ginger Paste – 3 tbsp

Paprika – 1 tbsp

Turmeric – 1 ½ tsp

Cumin – 1 tbsp

Coriander 1 ½ tsp

Chili Powder ¼ - ½ tsp (to liking)

Cardamom ¾ tsp

Bay Leaf – 3 leafs

Cloves - ¼ - ½ tsp (to liking)

Salt – 2 tsp

Pepper - ¼ - ½ tsp (to liking)

I cannot lie; measuring out the spices for this recipe is a pain. But it’s really pretty when you lay them all out & make for a really tasty dish! See, how pretty!

I sauté the onions in the ghee and add in garlic & ginger pastes for a few minutes. Once their nice and tender I add in the tomatoes and spices. Let it simmer for a good 30 minutes and then remove the bay leaves. I also cook the meat separately, just cause. I use my immersion blender on the sauce:

After that I add in meat and noodles and let it simmer for another 15 minutes or so. (I just made a small batch of egg noodles to add in.)

Voila! Really yummy!


  1. Looks and was yummy! Wasn't sure how I'd feel about the noodles, but they were a nice addition. Also, served with Naan how could you go wrong?

  2. man, am i hungry. this looks good!

  3. That looks fantastic. And it makes me crave your naan.

  4. Wow, what lineup of spices! Looks delicious. Also craving naan now.