Karahi Beef

Karahi Beef

Karahi Beef

Like many other , I used to call this “Beef karahi” or “Beef Korai” , until I came across a Pakistani chef here in New York and came to know that the proper term is ” Karahi Beef” or “Karahi Gosht “. The term Karahi should come first . There are many ways of cooking Karahi gosht apart from it’s original recipe , where no garam masala is used . But being a little fussy ( can’t think of desi style meat without garam masala ), tried to make it on my own way , without compromising the taste of course. If you wish , you can try this recipe with mutton or lamb too .


Ingredients for boiling the meat :

Beef 1 kg
2 small onions , pounded/ mashed ( must not be paste, just pound or mash it with something heavy , what we call in Bengali “thetlano”)
3 cloves of garlic , pounded
2 tbl spoon of ginger , matchstick or Julian cut
1 small black cardamom
1 small star anise
3 green cardamoms
Small stick of Cinnamon
2 bayleaves
6/7 whole black pepper
5/6 cloves
Salt to taste

Other ingredients :

2 tomatoes , cubed
Ginger paste 2 tea spoon
Garlic paste 2 tea spoon
Half cup fried onion or bereshta
Chili Powder 2 tea spoon
Paprika 1 teaspoon ( optional, for the color)
Whole jalapeno or Green chili 2 or 3
Ghee and oil
Salt to taste


1. Boil the meat with the ingredients mentioned . The beef should be tender enough . After boiling there should be 1 and half cup of stock in it . Take out the whole garam masala from it .

2. In a Karahi heat ghee+ oil . Add the cubed tomatoes . Cook until mashed totally . Now add the ginger, garlic paste, chili powder and paprika , salt and the jalapeno/ green chili . Add the beef with the remaining stock.

3. Cook until the gravy comes to the desired consistency .

Ready and Yummy . 🙂


1. The reason behind , I cooked the meat separately , because meat doesn’t get tender, if you cook the meat in tomatoes from the very beginning. And moreover I wanted to use the whole garam masalas in the recipe in an indirect way . 🙂


7 responses to “Karahi Beef

  1. looks delicious apu:)

  2. Just made malaichop according to your recipe…it turned out just perfect…thank you soooo much…

  3. I am going to try this dish, looks great. Do you have karahi chicken recipe?

    • Also, where can I find star anise? If I make this dish without star anise is it going lose the taste? Thanks so much!

  4. to boil the meat, how much water do we use?

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