Recipe Indian Meat Pies


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  • 1 lb. ground beef or lamb
  • 1 medium onion (red or yellow), diced
  • 2 T ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. whole cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • ½ tsp. cayenne, if you want some heat
  • pinch turmeric
  • vegetable oil
  • salt
  • fresh cilantro

Heat a few tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat in a heavy-bottomed pan. Once the oil is shimmery, add the cumin seeds and listen for the hiss that means they’re cracking. Toss in the pinch of turmeric, then the onion, ginger, & garlic. Turn the heat down a bit to medium-low and sauté until translucent.

Add the ground beef and break up large clumps with the back of a big spoon or spatula. Up the heat to medium-high and cook until the meat browns, no traces of pink remaining, stirring occasionally. Stir in the ground spices and turn the heat down to low. Add the tomato sauce and stir, cooking until the sauce is completely incorporated into the meat mixture and looks “dry.”

Remove from heat and garnish with chopped cilantro.