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

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