Easy Barbacoa Recipe – Ankitha Gadag Original

Easy step-by-step video tutorial of how to make this delicious, spicy, beef barbacoa.

Here at Ankitha Gadag recipes, y’all know we share a deep passion for MEAT. Moving to Texas has only furthered this romance. I’ll blame it on the delicious tacos, barbeques, and various grilling tactics this part of the country is widely known for. Although, I tend to keep with the safer meats (i.e. poultry, fish, pork), I thought it was time to venture out of my comfort zone and come up with recipe inspired by my new home.

If you are like me, you are probably intimidated by cooking beef. The various cuts, length of time of cooking, etc make it seem like more trouble than worth. I am going to keep it super simple for you guys, because I have already done all the research. The cut I have chosen here was selected because:

  1. It’s not terrible fatty 2. It shreds well 3. It’s low maintenance.

It took me all of a few minutes to prep the meat and throw all ingredients into the crockpot/slow cooker. 7 hours later, meal prep was ready for the week.

I loved eating this throughout the week in various forms: Tacos, Salads, Coleslaw/BBQ style, etc.

Get creative and let me know what you think


Ingredients: 

1-2 lbs beef tri-tip roast (or shoulder)

2 dried, whole ancho chilies – deseeded/seeded (up to your tolerance of heat), stems removed

2 dried, whole guajillo chilies – deseeded/seeded (up to your tolerance of heat), stems removed

2 dried, whole chipotle pepper – deseeded/seeded (up to your tolerance of heat), stems removed

4-6 cloves garlic – skin removed

1 tbsp loosely-packed fresh thyme leaves

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 heaping tbsp of Bettter than Bouillon Chicken/Beef Base

1 cup water

salt and pepper


Steps:

  1. Blend all ingredients and make a paste
  2. Sear your meat on both sides with S&P
  3. Throw it all into your crockpot/slow-cooker and you’re done!!
  4. Enjoy!

For a step-by-step tutorial of how to make this, check out my video below: 

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Hyderabadi Achari Murgh Recipe – (Pickled Chicken Curry)

Spicy Hyderabadi Chicken Curry with tangy pickling spices

Okay guys, so this curry is truly a GEM and an Ankitha Gadag original recipe. I promise you, reactions will be nothing short of jaws-dropping if you decide to put in the work to give this a try!

For one, this recipe has taken a few weeks to perfect. I was first inspired to re-create this curry after tasting the most amazing Achari Chicken Curry at a local Hyderabadi restaurant. It was unlike anything I ever tried before – it was tangy, it was spicy, truly tantalizing your taste buds in every way. Of course I had to dig further and put my skills to the test.

Turns out Achari (Pickle) Murgh (Chicken) Curry actually originated in the Northern region of India (Punjab). Pickling of mangoes, limes and other vegetables would require a variety of spices all batched together for pickling. So, what do you do with the leftover spices? Make curry,  of course!

This curry has now been modified to fit South Indian taste buds (a.k.a – made spicier). Don’t fear, the heat is so well balanced with the unique flavors from the kalonji (onion seeds), fenugreek, and yogurt 🙂

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On to the recipe!

You will need:

  • 1 cup curry leaves
  • 4 lbs chicken thighs
  • 10 thai chillies
  • 3-4 dried red chillies
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 onions chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste (4 tbsp)
  • Kalonji (onion seeds)- 1 tbsp
  • Methi (fenugreek) seeds- 1 tbsp
  • Jeera (cumin seeds)- 1 tbsp
  • Saunf (fennel) seeds- 1/2 tbsp
  • Tomatoes- 2 (finely chopped)
  • Yogurt- 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice- 2tbsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1tsp
  • Red chilli powder- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seed oil – 1/4th cup
  • Pickling spices  – (you can get a pre-packaged packet of this) – 4 tbsp
  • Mango Pickles – (1 tbsp)

Phew, that’s a handful, yea?

Method:

  1. Start by marinating the chicken, you can marinate as long as 12 hrs or as short as 2. Add lemon juice, chillies, half of curry leaves, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, half of pickling spices, salt, yogurt, and mustard seed oil  to the chicken. Mix and set aside.achari-chicken-curry
  2. In some oil (about half cup), add the onions and fry until they are translucent. Add in curry leaves, dried red chilies, bay leaves, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, kalonji, and ginger garlic paste.ankitha-gadag-achari-chicken.jpg
  3. Add in the tomatoes and any remaining spices. Mix into the spices until soft.
  4. Add in the marinated chicken and cover on low-medium heat for about 30 mins
  5. The water from the chicken and yogurt should have formed a gravy. At this point add in the mango pickle.
  6. Stir and cover for an additional 30 mins
  7. Warm up some hot naan or some basmati rice and Serve!!ankitha-gadag-achari-chicken-curry-meal

Thanks for checking out my recipe. Let me know how you liked it!

-Ankitha Gadag