I love cooking fruits and meats together, especially if I am making a good old fashioned spicy korma. Did you know there are literally thousands of different types of kormas? Persimmons have the beautiful sturdy texture and sweet tangy taste that I thought would go well with beef. However, the down and dirty truth is that I really wanted to participate in this competition but I didn't have tons of ingredients in the house. There were 4 hours left before the contest ended and I had to create something. My husband encouraged me and I just created a dish that I had no idea how it would turn out. This is the first time I have ever made it and I think I am going to be making it again!
4 persimmons, cubed
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 1-inch ginger, finely chopped
3 Thai green chilis, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (or any other cooking oil)
1 pound lean minced beef
1.5 cups crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons garam masala
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon mace powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1/4 teaspoon clove powder
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 cup Greek Balkan yogurt
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
1 cup chicken or beef stock
Step 1Heat oil in a heavy base pot and lightly roast the cumin seeds before stirring in the chopped onions and green chilis. Cook until onions have softened and changed in color, to a light golden brown.
Step 2Add the cubed persimmons, stir well and add the minced beef. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to a low medium and let it cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally in case they are sticking at the bottom. Sprinkle a little water if they are sticking too much. I didn't need to add water, as I kept an eye on them and stirred them from time to time.
Step 3Add all the spices, the crushed tomatoes, and the chicken or beef stock and stir well. Stir in the yogurt and cover the pot and let this simmer for another 10 minutes or until the fruit has softened a little. Sprinkle the fresh cilantro leaves on top and serve with basmati rice.
Step 4This dish can be cooked in a slow cooker by combining all the ingredients at step 2. It can be made ahead like any other curry and will keep well for 3 days in the refrigerator. Just warm up and serve with a fresh bowl of rice or even naan bread.
Step 5If you don't have fresh cilantro leaves -- as I didn't have any today -- I used 3 tablespoons of dried fenugreek leaves instead, as I love how it changes the essence of a dish instantly!
Step 6Using a hand blender if you blitz the korma for only 1 minute, so that you still have some pieces of Persimmon in the Korma but the majority of it is pureed, the flavours turn out amazing. I added a little bit more stock after I pureed the Korma, and adjusted the salt and chillies for the 'heat'. Yum!