Steak Akhni

I made the following curry and rice decided to mix it together and let it steam in the oven for 30 minutes – for a better flavour. It makes a huge difference than if the curry was eaten the usual way. I think it can be called an akhni. The best description of akhni I can give is that it is like a breyani without the lentils. Best served with raita and sambals. I eliminated onion and chilli from the sambals since I’m not the biggest fan of onion and I don’t do well eating fresh chilli.

My sister once asked me how I get a lot of gravy in my curry. The trick is to add a little more spices which allows you to add an extra tomato. If an extra tomato is added without increasing the spice quantity – the flavour gets lost. It tastes abit bland.

For the steak curry

  • cubed steak
  • chopped onion
  • 1T chilli powder
  • 1T dhania / jeera powder
  • ½ T gharam masala
  • ginger/garlic
  • green chilli (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • tomatoes liquidized
  • potatoes

Heat oil and sauté onions. Add spices and salt. Add steak and cook till done. I cheated a little and used the microwavable potatoes. Add tomatoes and let it cook abit.


  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • ½ t tumeric powder
  • Salt

I boiled the rice and added tumeric for a light yellow colour.

Mix the curry and rice nicely and put in an ovenproof dish in the oven for 30 mins. I did this on 180ºC

Serve with raita and sambals. Raita is a sour-milk salad made of sour milk, fresh coriander, mint, green chilli, salt. Liquidize ingredients. Optional – add cucumber.

One Response

  1. Akhni’s one of my favourite dishes and I’m fasting today, so now I’m hungry!

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