Steak Tartare (Nepalese)

This is not the traditional Western steak tartare or the Ethiopian Kitfo. This is an adaptation of a Nepalese recipe. The Nepalese, most of whom are Hindu, do not eat beef, but they do eat water buffalo meat. This dish is very common in Nepal; I had eaten it many times, and concerns over eating raw meat in a third world country were never an issue. The meat is not really raw, but it is not cooked over heat, either.

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Steak Tartare (Nepalese) Recipe

  • beef, freshly ground or chopped
  • ginger, grated (or ginger paste)
  • garlic, crushed
  • to taste, salt
  • serrano or jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • oil (the Nepalese traditionally use mustard oil heated to smoking)
  • fenugreek seeds
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Preparation Instructions

Mix beef, ginger, garlic, salt, and hot pepper together. Heat oil until very hot, then add the fenugreek seeds to the oil. Pour the hot oil onto the beef and mix well.


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