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3 July, 2014

Indian Style Shepherd’s pie

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There are days when i get a hankering for my mom in law’s famous Shepherd’s pie. And I can’t think of anything else that day, until it reaches piping hot from the oven to the table, ready to be devoured. The smell of the mashed potatoes, the incredible beef filling, the butter…gosh, gosh, gosh! I love it! A typical Shepherd’s pie has a casserole of beef, and vegetables, topped with a crust of golden baked mashed potatoes. This one, of course,is different. An incredibly delicious beef mixture cooked in onions, garlic, tomatoes, and spices, and topped with fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes. And you won’t believe how fantastic it is. A slice of this pie makes all my worries go away…I take one bite of this and in an instant it makes me feel like I want to write a beautiful poem…

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I love Shepherd’s Pie,
I love Shepherd’s Pie…

You will need the following ingredients:

For the beef mixture:

Chopped red onions1 1/4 cups

Chopped garlic2 tablespoons

Chopped ginger1 tablespoon

Chopped juicy tomatoes1 1/2 cups

Coriander powder1 1/2 tablespoons

Red chilli powder1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder1/4 teaspoon

Lean ground beef2 lbs/1 kilo

Saltto taste


For the mashed potatoes:

Large Potatoes (preferably Idaho or Russet)5-6

Unsalted softened butter1 1/2 sticks/200-250 grams

Fresh ground black pepper1/4 teaspoon

Saltto taste


Start by heating about 3 tablespoons of oil in a pressure cooker, and add the onions. Sauté and cook the onions for 2-3 minutes…throw in the chopped garlic, and ginger in there…
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Add the tomatoes, and cook for about 5-6 minutes. Next, add the coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric…
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Now stir it all around, and let it cook for a minute…
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Add the ground beef, and salt to taste. Be careful how much salt you put in there. You can always add more salt later, if necessary, but you cannot take away what you have added. keep in mind you will also be adding salt to the mashed potatoes.
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Put the lid on and cook for about 15 minutes. This is what it will look like when you open the lid…
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If there is excess water in the mixture, let it boil and evaporate. Up next, boil the potatoes, and mash the potatoes. Add the softened butter, and mix with a fork. This will help the potatoes stay fluffy, and not lose all the air incorporated into it.
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Grease a baking pan, and fill with the beef mixture…
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Now top the beef mixture with a layer of mashed potatoes…
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And put it in a 400 degrees Fahrenheit oven, for about 20 minutes or until the top layer is golden brown.
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And serve!

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