I’m like a damn broken record with the “it’s finally cold, need cozy food” repetition, but heartier foods all of a sudden taste so much more satisfying, comforting, necessary. Speaking of comforting, this dish finds a way to cram potatoes, naan, and rice into a single meal without it feeling terribly indulgent (Jay is like, yes it does please stop), and I’m not mad about it one little bit.
This curry is a total knockoff of my brother in law Joe’s mother Ruby’s standard, this-is-what-we-always-eat curry. Jay’s sister Elizabeth and Joe have been together since long before I was around and got married just a few months before we did, so I’ve been lucky enough to eat Ruby’s curry on several occasions. I’m not going to talk about what type of curry this is, because Ruby is Indian (but I don’t know where in India she is from and there are a gazillion regions of cuisine to factor in here) AND has lived many places in her life, so I’m calling this a fusion curry. For the purpose of using actual words to describe food, it is a Madras curry, very mild but very flavorful, stewed for several hours with tomato paste until beef chunks fall apart like any good stewed beef does.
So, you’ll imagine my disappointment when I made the plan to cook this and discovered that I had used all of my Madras curry powder but also the time to cook was NOW because of nap time and daylight. So I improvised, making this an even more fusiony curry than the usual fusion Ruby rocks. The spice blend that I used is an equal combination of garam masala and yellow curry powder, and I alllllmost couldn’t tell a difference besides obviously that I’m not an Indian mom and my curry will never be as good as one.
But, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks from my sister in law and Joe, who blessedly texted me through this whole process, and the approximation we’re left with here is still damn good. So let’s curry!