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 . 🙂


8 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?

  5. Thanks forr the post

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