Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Indian Sloppy Joes

It was somewhat accidental when I, well, WE came up this Indian style sloppy joe.  I thought I was just making ground beef curry until when my husband sliced up a raisin bun and piled it up with curry then said, "you made Indian sloppy joes."  He scooped out some bread making room for more meat.  Indian sloppy joes... why didn't I think of that?

The raisin buns were, by the way,  homemade too.  I've had the bread baking bug recently (see the bagel post) and have been trying to perfect this raisin bread recipe.  It's still a work in progress.  I'm hoping to post the complete recipe sometime soon.  But it's 90 degrees out side.  Do I really want to use the oven...?  To bake or not to bake...

Indian Sloppy Joe  Print Recipe

2~3 Tbspoil 
1cinnamon stick
a small pinch asafoetida

1/2 tspcumin powder
1/2 tspturmeric powder
1/2 tspred chili powder
1 tspcoriander powder
1/4 tspgaram masala

1/2onion, minced
2carrots, minced

1~1.5 poundground beef
1 Tbsptomato paste
1/2 cupcrushed tomato
1/4 cupwater
1/4 tspsugar

6~8your choice of bun

  1. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan.  Add the cinnamon stick and cook until fragrant, about 1~2 minutes.  Remove the cinnamon stick and add the asafoetida to the pan, cook it for 30 seconds then add the spices listed below A.  When the spices are fragrant, add the onion and carrots.  Add a pinch of salt and cook until the vegetables are soft.  Add the ground beef and cook until the color changes.
  2. Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatos and water. Cover the pan and cook until most of the liquid evaporates, about 30 minutes.  If excess liquid remains after 30 minutes, take off the lid and cook another 5 to 10 minutes.  Add the sugar and season with salt. 
  3. Pile the meat onto halved buns and cover with bun tops.