Friday, September 26, 2014

The Surreal Beef Olives

This is an extra extra special one done generally for the loved ones in the family :) The reason being its tedious to do and if you want to be meticulous with it there are a few more steps involved apart from what the pictures hold below. But lets wind a thread over that and move on to the meat feast that wraps the tastes buds of you tongue with ecstasy. This ladies and gentlemen is one of the finest Goan Food has to offer, the Beef Olive Rolls :)

This is not the conventional beef olives, this is the Goan Beef Olives, we do it with spice and the flavors of Goa.

Main Ingredients:

beef olives stuffing


1/2 Kg Undercut Meat Slices
250 Gms Bacon Pieces
1 Sliced Onion
1 Potato Stripes
2 Green Chillies Cut
8 Flakes of Garlic Cut
1/2 Inch Ginger Juliennes
8 Olives Cut into Halves

beef undercut slices


For Saute -

chopped tomatoes and onions


1 Onion Chopped
1 Tomato Chopped


For Grinding -

10 Kashmiri Chillies
1 Tsp Cumin seeds
7-8 flakes Garlic
1 tsp coriander seeds
10 cloves
4-5 small pieces of cinnamon sticks
10 peppercorns
Small ball of Tamarind
1 Tsp Turmeric
2 Tbps Vinegar

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, yes that is a big bunch :) It's time to get rolling. Lets just start off by salting the slices of Undercut.

apply salt on the undercut


Then add the Vinegar to the slices

add vinegar to the undercut


Once that's done its time for some art :) Place each slice of meat where you can spread it out and flatten it.

place and flatten the under cut slices


Once its neatly spread as shown in the picture above you can now begin placing the delicious filling of the roles. What better way to fill it up than with Bacon :) Bacon for the win!

add bacon to the undercutt slices


Place the Onion on the bacon, add the split slice of green chilly, you can also lay in the potato and the garlic.

add the onion garlic chilly


Don't forget to add the cut olive as well, unless of course you don't like olives :)

add the olives and other stuffing


So now that all the stuffing is laid out, its time to turn it into the beef rolls.


ready to be rolled beef olives


Start rolling the slice of beef from the side where the stuffing is placed.

beef olive being rolled


Once you got it rolled its then time to ensure they do not open up if its for guests, you need to tie them up. But since ours are going to be consumed for us we take a little short cut.

rolled beef olives


Instead of tying the beef olives we compress them by squeezing them in the palm of the hand.

squeeze the beef olives


Once you have a bunch of these its time to progress to the next step keep them aside for now.

a bunch of uncooked beef olives


Can you imagine what these are going to taste like :) Put them all in a pan and its time to apply some pressure on it.

ready to cook beef olives


Cover them and keep it under weight.

cover the beef rolls


Put it on the fire and let it cook until it gets dry.

saute for a while


Once its semi cooked you can take it off the fire and either use the same or a different vessel to proceed.

semi cooked beef olives


While the vessel is cooling off put all the masala ingredients in the mixer and get it ready. Now its time to saute the onions and tomatoes!

add the onions and tomoatoes


Saute the onions and tomatoes for a while!

saute onions and tomatoes


Now its time to fry the masala for a bit :)

time to cook the masala


Stir fry the beef olive masala for a while!

add masala to the dish


Add some water for the gravy.

add water to the gravy


Carefully add the beef olives ensuring you don't open them up. It's even trickier to turn them.

add the beef rolls to the gravy


Always use a slow fire to cook for approximately 20 minutes more :) Ensure the level of water is half way to the beef rolls so you need to turn them only.

let the beef rolls cook


Turn the beef rolls over and i'm positive by now your tummy should be rumbling!

turn the beef rolls over


And finally there you have it, a reward for all the effort and hard work that has gone into this dish. These Beef Olives is a real treat for anyone who manages to gets their hands on it :) Bon App├ętit my lovelies!

ready to eat beef olives
 
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