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With the ban on the consumption of beef finally lifted, carnivores can now happily indulge in their steaks and burgers. But what has got some of us with a brazenly desi palate a tad more excited is the prospect of the panoply of beef dishes we can dig into sans any hesitancy this Iftar.
Here is a definitive list of meaty goodies you will get at the popular joints in Kondhwa and Camp – we recommend Sharif Caterers and Imdadi. And while we are highly supportive of an all-beef banquet, we beseech epicures to not miss out on the teetarbater (tandoori quail) and desserts including the rabri malpua and shahi tukda.
Beef samosas: The usually stringy buffalo meat is chopped to a fine mince along with bits of onion and chilli. The mixture is then packed into a filo pastry and deep-fried to make for toothsome bites of crunchy, greasy deliciousness.
Kadi beef: A succulent chunk of beef is fried in egg batter so that a crispy cover belies the tender, extremely well-cooked meat cloaked inside. Sink your teeth into it slow and well in order to experience some serious textural bliss – and it manages to taste scrumptious as well!
Beef cutlet: Minced meat with a crispy semolina coating, this one goes well with the minty pudina chutney served alongside that cuts through the fiery flavours.
Beef boti kabab: Bite-sized cuts of beef are marinated in a chilli-garlic-ginger-yogurt blend and cooked rapidly on skewers on intense heat to form fragrant and juicy appetisers.
Liver seekh: Just like your regular seekh, but made from pounded liver, this one is an acquired taste, much like the gurda (kidney). It comes lightly tossed in a mix of tomatoes, potatoes, onions, green chillies and a few mint leaves that collectively help mellow down the strong, ‘raw’ meat flavour.
Beef korma: Thick, flavourful brown gravy laden with luscious beef pieces – best mopped up with hot roomali rotis, or some mildly spiced Lucknow mutton pulao.
Beef biryani: The star of any Iftar feast, soft beef morsels come nestled in moist, long-grain rice peppered with aromatics and masalas – truly a meal fit for a king… nay, sultan!