We were recently invited for dinner by one of our friends. Without doubt, I accepted the invitation immediately, but only after a while I realised that we were on lent that time! I messaged my friend about our lent and pat came her reply that we can meet the following week. Since we had something else planned for the next week, I replied saying that we didn’t mind a veg menu.
Let me correct that statement, it’s actually I didn’t mind veg menu, Jose definitely minds ;)
I was sure about one thing… even if we both didn’t bother much about the menu being veg, our host definitely bothered. Ask any non veg person to cook a complete veg menu and you know what I’m talking about! Some of my friends absolutely hate (I know, hate is a strong word to use, but that’s the truth) cooking a complete veg menu. The reason most of them say that is that they don’t know what to cook other than Paneer and Dal. Are you like that by any chance? (Vegetarians please excuse, it’s nothing personal ;)
Going by the increasing number of bans in India on non veg food, I guess it’s safe to say that non veg people better start enjoying or at least try to pretend enjoying veg food, you never know when your “acha din” is going to pop up ;)
Coming back to our friends dinner, I should say the food was just great! I didn’t even miss the non veg, even though there was my fav Beef Fry and Chicken Biriyani. I don’t mind whether the food is veg or non veg, as long it’s cooked completely and it has flavour!
Now, if you are wondering why I went on about the whole veg and non veg conversation, the thing is, it’s been sometime, I’ve been feeding you (virtually) only veg recipes. Yeah, I posted a fish recipe in between, but you know what, for hardcore non-vegetarians, “Meat” is the ultimate thing! So, I didn’t want to test your patience further by posting more veg or similar recipes.
You might have noticed my love for “Varutharacha Curries” (roasted coconut gravy). Honestly, I wasn’t very familiar with this flavour while growing up, except for Theeyal recipes. I guess I got hooked on to it, after coming to Bahrain. During my initial days in Bahrain, we used to order Puttu and Varutharacha Chicken Curry from one of the Kerala restaurants here. I loved that combo and that led to many recipes like Pork Roast, Njandu Roast, Varutharacha Meen Curry, Varutharacha Sambar and Varutharacha Chicken Curry. See, I told you I just love this style of cooking.
About this recipe, well, for me any Beef recipe is good ;) The roasted coconut masala gives a wonderful flavour and richness to the curry. that goes well Steamed Rice, Ghee Rice, Roti, Appam, Puttu, Idiyappam etc;