Because Bangladesh has such a rich and complex political and religious history, I didn't feel I could do the country justice by condensing it's historical time line into a few sentences, so I've included a link which I think gives a fairly good overview for those who are interested: http://www.discoverybangladesh.com/history.html and a band to check out as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VMtZ8B4tCU
The dish is called Mangsho'r Jhol - translated, Beef Curry. Now, I know what you're thinking...aren't cows sacred in India? Yes they are, but Sangeeta tells me that 80% of the population in Bangladesh is Muslim, the remaining 20% are Hindu who do not eat beef for religious and spiritual reasons.
Here are some of the wonderful ingredients I used to prepare this meal: potatoes, ginger, onions, garlic, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and cloves
We ate the meal outside, because it really was too hot in the house. My family LOVED the dish - it had just the right amount of heat and spice, but was offset by the tomatoes and yogurt. Final assessment - we'll mos' def' be having this again.
Gopal Deas's Mangsho'r Jhol - Beef Curry
- 1 lb. beef (any cut) cubed
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- a few cloves
- 1 medium finely chopped onion
Sautee onions in oil, add beef, bay leaves, cinnamon stick and cloves in a heavy pot.
Cover with lid and simmer, adding a little water at a time for form a gravy.
When beef is cooked about half way, add more water to make gravy then add:
- 2 chopped potatoes
- 1-2 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. garlic paste or chopped garlic
- 2 tsp. ginger paste of chopped fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp Cumin
- 1 tbsp Coriander
- 1 tsp Turmeric
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 2 small chopped tomatoes or tomato paste
- 3 tbsp. yogurt
Serve with Basmati rice and enjoy!!!