[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

It's not common to find beef on a menu in India. But there are certain communities and regions that prepare it quite regularly. Kerala for instance has a variety of beef-based dishes from the Christian and Muslim communities.

Beef chili has many avatars. It can be high on the pepper quotient depending on the region. The beef chili made in my home is comfort food. It's spicy but doesn't set your mouth on fire and the fries served with it add a nice texture and sweetness to contrast the chili.

Make it ahead or serve it straight from the stove. This is a dish you'll find only in a handful of homes in India.

About the author: Denise Dsilva Sankhe is a writer & creative director by profession. But that's only when she isn't eating her way across India. She recreates this delicious cuisine in her Mumbai home, which she shares with her newly-married husband, who has long since given up his determination to have salads for dinner.


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