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Indian-Spiced Pepper Steak

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Serves 4 | Prep Time 30 min | Cook Time 30 min

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Ingredients You'll Need

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds beef flank, skirt or flap (bavette) steak

1 teaspoon (scant 1/3 palm full) coriander seed

1 teaspoon cumin seed

1 teaspoon mustard seed

1 teaspoon black peppercorn

2 teaspoons chili powder (Gebhart's preferred brand) or 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or pepper sauce

About 1 teaspoon garam masala

About 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 large red onion

1 large bell pepper, red or yellow

2 to 3 (medium to spicy heat level) red or green finger chilies or Serrano peppers

1 inch ginger root

1 small garlic bulb, 5 to 6 cloves

High-temp cooking oil, such as peanut or safflower


A few curry leaves, optional but recommended

Juice of 1 lemon OR a few tablespoons Shaoxing or sherry OR 2 tablespoons vinegar, sherry or apple cider

A handful of cilantro tops, chopped

Traditional Basmati, for serving, optional, recipe follows

Grilled naan, for serving, optional

Mango chutney, for serving

Mumbai Mule, for serving, recipe follows


Gather all your ingredients and place around large work area, near stove.
Pat meat dry and cut it into 3 or 4 portions, then thinly slice the meat into strips against the grain of the meat.

Place a small skillet with seeds and peppercorns over medium heat and toast a minute until fragrant. Place in spice mill and grind. Combine with chili powder, garam masala and turmeric. (Ready-ground spices can be substituted but toasted whole seeds and peppercorns that are freshly ground are a little deeper and bigger in flavor.)
Peel and chop red onion. Seed and thinly slice bell pepper. Thinly slice or chop the fresh chili peppers. Seed if you prefer milder food or leave seeds in for extra spicy. Grate or mince ginger and garlic.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high to high heat. Add oil, 2 turns of the pan, and cook beef in single layer to brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Season with salt and remove to platter. Add more oil, another turn of the pan, and add onions and peppers, toss 3 minutes. Add ginger, garlic and curry leaves and toss a minute more. Add beef back to pan, sprinkle in spice blend, toss to combine with peppers and douse with lemon juice, sherry or vinegar. Garnish beef with cilantro. Serve beef with rice or grilled naan, mango chutney and Mumbai Mule.

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