Monday, February 25, 2008

Slow Cook Chunky Meat and Veggie Stew

MS1 With our ever busy schedule, when it comes to cooking a meal, most of us are always on the look out for something quick and healthy without comprising on taste. Slow cook meal is a remedy here. As I was experimenting with different kinds of slow cook meals I came out with this one.

Since I've used Star Anise here as one of the main spices thought this can contribute to this month's Think Spice - Star Anise, which is a monthly food blog event created and hosted by Sunitha.

Since this makes a complete meal, with protein, veggies and carbs, so this qualifies for Meeta's Monthly Mingle for this month's Theme - One dish Dinner.

Meat and veggies:
2 Lb - Choice of any Chunky Meat with Bones
1 lb - Carrots, beans, Peas, Lima beans, potatoes cut into big chunks
4 stars - Star Anise
3 Cloves
2 Cardamon
1 Cinnamon Stick
1/2 tsp Funnel seeds
3 Bay leaf
1 Tbsp oil
1 big Onion chopped
2 big Green Chillies slit
1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
1/4 tsp Red chilly powder
Salt to taste.
For Gravy:
1/2 cup Tomato Puree
1/4 cup Apple Sauce
1 Tbsp Worcester Sauce

Heat oil in a large pot add all the spices one by one saute till color changes and flavours comes out.
Add Onions and chillies, saute for 2 minutes.
Add ginger garlic paste, saute
Add the meat and the chilly powder and salt, mix well.
Add the all sauces, simmer for 1 hour on a regular oven or transfer into a slow cooker crock pot and cook for 2 hours before adding the veggies.
At this time remove any excess fat/oil from the meat, just before you add the veggies.
Slow cook for another 2 hours.
Check for the softness of the meat. If meat attains the stage where it can easily be separated from the bone, the stew is almost done.
The vegetables will be well cooked in this time.
Again remove any excess fat from the bones.
Serve into stew bowls and garnish with finely chopped cilantro.
If desired you can eat with cooked rice or a slice of fresh italian bread.


remya said...

lovely curry.....2 birds in one shot excellent!!!! love ur eggplantn dried fish curry too...

Asha said...

OMG!! Rina, that gravy looks fabulous! Feel like digging in with a fork and knife! Great dish girl.Did you use Mutton there. I love th flavor of Mutton but I get only Lamb, taste is not the same.Great entry!:)

Rina said...

Thanks Remya.

Ashaji, thanks and yes mutton is the best. My fav meat of all.

Kalai said...

Wonderful!!! Talk about perfect food for this crazy weather! Let me just get a spoon and dig into that bowl... :)

Dhivya said...

Love these rina...pic looks so tempting..

Priya said...

nice color to the curry. adding apple sauce is new to me. have never done it before.

Rina said...

kalai and divya thanks.

Priya, yes apple sauce is new. But many slow cook recipes use this. Moreover this thickens the gravy and gives it a nice texture.

Sig said...

I have been thinking of buying a slow cooker for a while.. Your dish is a great inspiration.. :)

Mona said...

Oh, thats a mouth watring picture, drooling over it !

Finla said...

Wow so delicious. I have bookmarked it to make them. Abd the gravy yummm, i can just eat and eat this dish

Sagari said...

yummm love the thick gravy rina

Rina said...

Sig, Mona, Happy and Sagari thanks.

Meera said...

Wow! Your curry looks so delicious!!

Pravs said...

Gravy looks so rich and has a lovely color.

Rina said...

Meera and Pravs thanks.

Shella said...

hmmmm love the gravy n the colour, n of course mutton is loved by me..

Meeta K said...

Looks great! The gravy ooks rich and thick perfect with rotis! Brilliant entry!