Mangalorean Beef and Bacon Gravy Recipe


[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

The gravy is made of a mixture of hot and fragrant spices that mellow once they are cooked. It's best had with white rice, or pav, an Indian white loaf bread that's comfortingly soft and fluffy. And let's face it, most things get better with bacon.

Recipe Details

Mangalorean Beef and Bacon Gravy Recipe

Active 30 mins
Total 110 mins
Serves 3 servings


  • 1 pound beef chuck cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes

  • 2 tablespoons ginger paste

  • 2 tablespoons garlic paste

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • Kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)

  • 3 cloves

  • 1 inch cinnamon stick

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 large onions cubed (about 3 cups)

  • 3 small green chiles (such as Thai bird) slit lengthwise

  • 1 tablespoon red chile powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 cup tomato puree

  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Combine meat, ginger paste, garlic paste, pepper, vinegar, and 2 teaspoons salt.

  2. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in pressure cooker on medium high heat until shimmering. Add cloves and cinnamon and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the marinated beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes Add 1 cup water and close pressure cooker. Cook over high pressure for 45 minutes, then release pressure and allow steam to escape. Transfer beef and juices to a large bowl.

  3. Wipe out pressure cooker, add remaining oil, and return to medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add green chiles and stir until fragrant-about 2 minutes. Add red chile and turmeric powder and stir vigorously, so as not to burn the spices and cook for 1 minute. If they tend to stick or discolor add a few drops of water. Add the bacon and stir until the bacon begins to render, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato puree and cook, stirring, until the oil is fragrant and separates from the mixture, about 5 minutes. Add water, bring to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Return the beef and its juices to the pot and allow the whole dish to cook for another 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt if necessary, and serve with bread or rice.

Special Equipment

Pressure cooker, heavy bottomed lidded pan

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
840 Calories
59g Fat
30g Carbs
51g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving
Calories 840
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 59g 76%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 1869mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 51g
Vitamin C 54mg 269%
Calcium 115mg 9%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 1293mg 28%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)