Slow Cooker Indian Spiced Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Indian Spiced Beef Stew

I've had my slow cooker for a little under two years.  I mainly use it for Haleem and Nihari but I know there is so much more I can do.  Recently I tried a Beef Stew recipe from Damn Delicious.  It turned out great but I thought this method would work really well for a stew spiced with our traditional Indian spices.  So I went to work on making an Indian version.  A big reason why I have avoided making Indian dishes in the slow cooker, is I found that they came out watery.  In this recipe, this is solved by mixing in a slurry of flour and water at the end.  The end result was really good!  We enjoyed this stew with a simple Mattar Pulao (Peas and Rice) and yogurt.  I used 1 tsp of Shan Masala in the recipe.  If you don't have it, you can leave it out but you may need to adjust some of the other spices to your taste.  I love the hands off cooking with a slow cooker and hope to apply this method to some more of our Indian dishes!

Slow Cooker Indian Spiced Beef Stew

Adapted from Damn Delicious

1 lb boneless veal cut into large cubes
3 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp Shan Tikka Seekh Kabob masala
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
1 onion, diced
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 carrots, cut into large pieces
2 potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander
1 1/2 cups water
2 tbsp all-purpose flour

In a large skillet (I used non-stick), heat oil over medium-high heat.  Once hot, add veal, ginger garlic paste, Shan Tikka Seekh Kabob masala, red chilli powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander, garam masala and salt.  Give it a good mix.  Cook until meat is browned and oil has separated.

Add the meat to the slow cooker along with onion, tomato paste, carrots, potatoes, fresh coriander and water.  Mix it all together.  Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours.

Once the meat is cooked and tender, in a small bowl, mix together the flour and some water.  Add to the slow cooker and mix.  Cook on low for 15-20 minutes.  Enjoy with some basmati rice!

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