Once you’ve added the coconut milk, be sure not to boil it too long or else the milk may curdle. You can substitute yogurt or plain milk for the coconut milk for health reasons. Thank you to Chacko’s Kitchen for submitting this recipe.
Peel, wash, & cut the potato & carrot into 1″ cubes.
Heat 2 tbsp cooking oil in a non-stick pan. Add the Garam Masala ingredients (cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, & star anise) & saute for 1 minute.
Add shallots (reserving about 1 tbsp) & saute until translucent, taking about 5 minutes.
Add the drained, cubed beef, potato, & carrot along with the turmeric, salt, & pepper. Saute until all sides are seared & lightly caramelized and browned.
Add the tomatoes, green chilies, & ½ the coconut milk. Transfer to a pressure cooker & cook on high heat until 1 whistle, reducing to a medium flame. Continue to cook for 20 minutes & then 10 more minutes on low flame.
In a separate non-stick pan, heat the remaining oil & saute the reserved shallots & curry leaves. Add the remainder of the coconut milk & bring to a boil on medium heat. Remove from heat.
In a medium to large saucepan combine onions, celery & potatoes. Pour clam juice over vegetables. Add enough water to barely cover vegetables. Bring to boil then reduce heat to medium & simmer until potatoes are tender (approximately 20 minutes).
Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, melt butter. When melted, add flour, blend & cook for 2 minutes. Add half & half & cook, stirring until smooth & creamy. Drain vegetables, reserving liquid. Return vegetables to saucepan. Add clams & sauce mixture. Heat thoroughly (add reserved cooking liquid to make consistency to your taste.
Stephanie Says: Frozen potatoes are a necessity for the baking times to be right. I actually use dry onion flakes reconstituted instead of fresh onion. You can also substitute the corn flakes for crushed Ritz crackers or potato chips. This recipe can be doubled for a larger party, but remember to adjust the baking times to suit the larger volume.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9"x13" baking dish with cooking spray. Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Peel & quarter the potatoes, then mash with a little of the cooking liquid. Set aside.
In a large skillet, cook the meat over medium-high heat. Drain fat from pan. If using leftover meat, heat & add to the skillet. Stir in mushrooms, vegetables, mushroom & celery soups, salt, & pepper; heat through. Pour into prepared baking dish; cover with mashed potatoes & dot with butter.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until potatoes are golden & meat & vegetable mixture is hot & bubbly.