Saturday, May 5, 2012

Beef Ribs with Jackfruit

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There are some food that I try to avoid but my family seem to love them.  Take beef ribs for example.  I have long made a huge attempt to avoid eating ribs at all cost even though I was the one who prepared the dish.  And the dish can turn out to be so delicious that everybody in the house would be smacking their lips in agreement; but I would remain steadfast in my resolution that I shall not eat beef ribs.

There are many reasons for not indulging in this gastronomic delicacy but I shall not delve into it any further (because my family loves it!)  Especially today when I helped to prepare beef ribs in hot turmeric gravy with young jackfruit.  To be honest, I used to enjoy this dish, but for more than five years now, I have been successful in staving off ribs (yay!)  Nevertheless, here's the recipe!

  • 1 kg beef ribs, boiled till tender
  • 1/2 kilo young jackfruit, par-boiled 
  • 1 thumb size turmeric
  • 5 shallots
  • 4 lemongrass 
  • 1 cup birds eye chili (cup? hehe!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 turmeric leaf
  • 500ml coconut milk (a lot I know!)
  • 2 pieces 'Asam Gelugor'
  • Salt to taste

In a blender, blitz together the turmeric, shallots, lemongrass and birds eye chili together with 1/2 cup water, until fine.  Pour this into a pot and simmer with the beef ribs until almost all the moisture has evaporated.  Next, add in the par-boiled jackfruit together with the coconut milk and simmer until the fruit is tender.  Finally, put in the 'Asam Keping' and season to taste.  Continue to simmer for another five minutes, turn off heat and the beef ribs with jackfruit is ready to be served.

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