Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Recipe Tag: Talua Kari

Nicole* has tagged me for a recipe meme.  I thought it might kick-start my blogging again, so here it goes....  The rules are:
  1. Choose one ingredient from the my recipe and post a recipe using this ingredient on your blog, linking back to the previous blogs that have posted a recipe. 
  2. Then tag four new people, and we will see how it grows.
  3. To keep it exciting please post within a week of receiving the tag.

The humble tomato is my chosen link-ingredient.  What follows is a recipe that I have developed while living here at Talua in the lovely South Pacific.  It uses ingredients all readily available here and is great with fresh coconuts and home-grown tomatoes.  A tin of coconut cream is a good substitute if you don't have fresh ones on hand (!!).  It is a great recipe for entertaining as it can be bulked up easily.  Serve with rice or African yam.

1-2 kilos stewing beef
5 cloves garlic
2-4 onions
1/4 cup curry powder
1-2 tablespoons beef stock powder
2 large tins tomatoes or equivalent volume of fresh tomatoes
2 large coconuts

  1. Brown the beef in small amount of oil with garlic, onions and curry powder.
  2. Add the tomatoes, cover with water and stir in beef stock powder.
  3. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer.  Leave for 2-3 hours, stirring occassionally to ensure it doesn't burn, or until the meat is tender.  Top-up water when needed.
  4. Prepare coconut cream** and add to the curry (or add the tinned coconut cream).  Also add the sweet coconut juice if you have used fresh coconuts.  This makes the curry deliciouly sweet.
  5. Leave to simmer for another half hour or so until it looks lovely and tastes fantastic.
I tag Bron, Erin (when you can manage it), Michelle and Karen and look forward to seeing some more yummy receipes!

* tagged by Ally
** preparing coconut cream from fresh coconuts is quite involved and needs particular equipment; I wouldn't recommend attempting it unless you know how and have the eqipment on hand


allyson adeney said...

Thanks Rach, Sorry we didn't manage to get together while you were here. Love Ya Ally <'v'>

Christopher said...


I have played around with recipe a little bit since you cooked it for me a couple of years ago. I really like.

I have found that a cinnamon stick thrown in really adds to it.

Rachael said...

Thanks Chris. What sort of curry powder do you use?