Beef Korma/Qorma

[Quick Facts]
Main Ingredients: Beef, Plain Yogurt, Almonds, Garlic Cloves, Whipping Cream, Various Spices
Time Required: 3 hours
Serves: 8


  • 1 kilo of Beef, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 2 medium Onions, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • 8 Garlic cloves (Lehsan)
  • 1 tablespoon of coarsely chopped Ginger Root (Adrak)
  • 6 whole Cloves (Loung)
  • 1 tablespoon of Coriander seeds (Saabut Dhania)
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh Coriander/Cilantro (Hara Dhania) leaves
  • ¼ cup of blanched and slivered Almonds (Badaam)
  • 1 tablespoon of Cumin seeds (Saabut Zeera)
  • 1 teaspoon of white Cardamom seeds, without pods
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed Red Pepper (Kutti Mirch)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of Salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground Cinnamon (Pisi Dal Cheeni)
  • ½ cup of Plain Yogurt
  • 1/3 cup of Water
  • ¼ teaspoon of Garam Masala powder
  • 2 tablespoon of all-purpose Flour (Maida)
  • ¾ cup Whipping Cream
  • ½ more cup of Water
  • 3 tablespoons of Cooking Oil
  • Instructions:

    (1) Mix together the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cardamom seeds, crushed red peppers and whole cloves. Put these ingredients into a grinder and grind them well into a fine powder.

    (2) Add following to the ground powder: 1/3 cup water, slivered blanched almonds, garlic, ginger root, salt and ground cinnamon. Grind until the mixture develops a paste consistancy.

    (3) On medium heat in a 4 quart saucepan put 1 tablespoon oil. When oil gets hot add and fry ½ of the meat. Be sure to brown all sides well and remove from oil. Repeat this procedure with the other ½ remaining meat and remove.

    (4) Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the saucepan and add onions. Fry onions to golden brown. Reduce heat to medium and add the blended spice mixture and cosaute for 3-4 minutes or until it is slightly brown.

    (5) Add the meat and 1/2 cup water to the saucepan. Cover and simmer for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until the meat is tender and well cooked. Stir occasionally.

    (6) Stir together the whipping cream, plain yogurt, all-purpose flour and garam masala powder. Stir the mixture into a Dutch oven (if available – otherwise continue using stove). Cook and stir until it is thickened and bubbly.

    (7) Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with fresh coriander/cilantro leaves.

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