Recipe: Spicy Beef with Tamarind (Khatta Gosht)

You will not find Kashmiri dishes on the menu of most desi restaurants.

Madiha Hamid November 27, 2012

Kashmiri cuisine is one of Pakistan’s regional cuisines, though you will not find Kashmiri dishes on the menu of most desi restaurants.

Known for its simple yet rich flavours, this cuisine is typically non-spicy, the Spicy Beef with Tamarind recipe being an exception. The heat level here is close to that of Thai food.

Cooking time 60-75 mins

Serves 4


Boneless Beef 1/2 kg

Whole chillies 12

Tamarind (Imli) 1/2 cup

Medium Onion 1

Ginger paste 1 tsp

Garlic paste 1 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Red chili powder 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp

Oil 2 tbsp

Coriander leaves & Garam Masala To garnish


Marinate whole chilies and tamarind separately in a cup of water each.

Wash beef and set aside.


•  In a deep saucepan, heat oil on medium flame.

•  Once the oil is warm, add sliced onions. Fry till golden.

•  Add ginger-garlic paste and fry with onions till golden brown.

•  Now add beef.

•  Mix salt, turmeric powder, powdered red chilies, coriander powder and cumin seeds.

•  Cook the beef well. Put 2 tbsp water in and mix it with a spatula till dry (a process known as “bhoonna”). Repeat till oil comes up.

•  Add one glass of water in beef and let it cook till soft. This will take about 20 minutes.

•  Now take the chilies with the water they are soaking in and process them in a blender just long enough to break the whole chilies and mix them well with water.

•  Add this chili mixture in the beef and let it cook for another 10 minutes.

•  Remove the seeds from the tamarind and add the pulpy mixture in the beef.

•  Let it cook till thick gravy is left.

•  Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with plain boiled rice.

Madiha Hamid is a digital media professional. She loves the food traditions unique to families. She is running a food blog for Pakistani and regional cuisines called

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Published in The Express Tribune, Ms T, November 25th, 2012.

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Sabin | 8 years ago | Reply

Well done Madiha! Great work:)

Shahab Nasir | 8 years ago | Reply

Love this dish!

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