One afternoon, after getting off of work, I wanted to make something tasty but had limited ingredients on hand. I rummaged around our pantry, fridge, and freezer, in dire need of The Creativity Fairy to hit me on the head with her magic wand and throw me an idea. And, that’s when she made her appearance and did just that. I found some lean ground beef, had some vegetables on hand, and decided to make my first ever beef and zucchini curry.
Here’s my recipe:
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- Zucchini, chopped (I used 2 but you can use however much you like, depending on your preference for zucchini)
- A handful of colorful mini bell peppers, cut lengthwise
- 1 small purple onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves of minced garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 can of tomato paste
- 1 tsp Shan Spice Mix for Tandoori Chicken BBQ (you can also use garam masala, instead)
- 1/2 can of diced green chiles
- Powdered ground ginger
- Parsley, chopped
- Black pepper, and lots of it!
- Sea salt
In a small nonstick pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and the zucchini, sauteing until soft. Set aside. In a large nonstick pan, add the lean ground beef, breaking it up into small pieces, and fry it until well done. Drain the fat in a bowl and discard later. Add a small amount of olive oil to the pan, add the onions, sauteing until soft and translucent, as well as the bell peppers. Transfer the zucchini from the small pan to the large pan. Add the tomatoes, diced green chiles, and garlic. Add the tomato paste and mix it with the rest of the ingredients inside the pan. To thin out the sauce, add 1 1/2 cups of water. Add the ground ginger, spice mix for tandoori chicken, salt and lots of black pepper. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, so that the flavors all blend together. Add chopped parsley on top, while the simmering is taking place, to add bold flavor.
Remove from heat, garnish with more chopped parsley, and serve on top of steaming hot rice.
My husband absolutely loved this dish and told me it tasted just like his mom’s cooking. I hope your family enjoys this simple, yet, delicious, recipe, too.