Steak Quesadilla’s

Mexican just had to be on the menu last night, inspired by bloggers on the 24 community. I was not planning to, but had taken a tray of minute steak out to thaw yesterday morning. So I thought quesadilla’s it is!

I was wondering if steak quesadilla’s had been done before, and thanks to Google, found lots of recipes.


I fried the minute steak in white pepper and it literally took (yes, you guessed it) minutes. Just a small tip if anyone wants to use minute steak as a filling – do not cut up the steak in small bits before frying! Its much easier to do so after.

I smeared avo on one tortilla. For the avo – I mashed it and added some lemon juice, black pepper and salt. Added the steak bits and then added grated cheese over. Closed it with another tortilla and pan fried it until the cheese melted told together the tortillas.

Served with sour cream, guacamole and salsa.

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.

Rice:

  • 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.

Saucy Steak + Pasta

The following dish is derived from throwing a few things together and very simple to make. No tomatoes needed for the gravy.

Saucy Steak and Pasta

Saucy Steak and Pasta

While shopping, I found a sauce in Woolworths called “Peppachita sauce” (their own brand). It is my new favourite sauce for pasta – I cannot explain how divine it is!

What you need:

Cubed steak
Steers Peri Peri Sauce
Peppachita sauce
Spices and salt to taste
Onion

Braise a little onion in oil and add your cubed steak. Add whatever spices you’d like. I used chilli powder, gharam masala and dhania + jeera powder. Add salt and pepper. Once its cooked, add Steers peri peri sauce and peppachita sauce. You will know how much to add judging from the amount of steak you used. Mix well.

Pasta:
Make pasta as you normally would.

Mix saucy steak into pasta. Ready to eat. Serve with salad.

I added some Peppachita sauce from the top and thoroughly enjoyed it.