Friday, 13 September 2013

Bangladeshi venison curry

The homemade garam masala paste is the key to this tasty curry sauce, served with juicy chunks of seared venison.


For the garam masala paste
For the Bangladeshi venison curry

Preparation method

  1. For the garam masala paste, blend or pound the ingredients for the garam masala with 50ml/2fl oz water to make a paste.
  2. For the Bangladeshi venison curry, heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onions gently until lightly coloured. Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 2-3 minutes to cook out the raw flavours, then add the garam masala paste and salt to taste. Cook, stirring, for a further 3-4 minutes or until fragrant.
  3. Add the ground spices, tomatoes and stir to mix. Pour in about 750ml/1¼ pints of water. Bring to the boil, then cook on a low heat until the sauce has thickened. Add the chopped coriander a few minutes from the end of the cooking time.
  4. For the venison, preheat the oven to 240C/450F/Gas8. Heat a medium frying pan and add the oil, place the venison fillet in the pan and cook for a couple of minutes on each side then place in oven for eight minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve the sauce on plates, and cut the venison into batons and arrange the venison pieces on top of the sauce and garnish with coriander cress. Serve with steamed basmati rice.

Venison Stew

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds venison stew meat
1/4 cup flour
Essence, recipe follows
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 cup chopped tomatoes, peeled and seeded
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
1 cup red wine
4 cups brown stock
Salt and black pepper
Crusty bread
In a large pot, over high heat, add the olive oil. In a mixing bowl, toss the venison with flour and Essence. When the oil is hot, sear the meat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the onions and saute for 2 minutes. Add the celery and carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, tomatoes, basil, thyme, and bay leaves to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Deglaze the pan with the red wine. Add the brown stock. Bring the liquid up to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer. Simmer the stew for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the meat is very tender. If the liquid evaporates too much add a little more stock.

Remove the stew from the oven and serve in shallow bowls with crusty bread.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

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Grilled Venison Backstrap


  • 1 pound dry ziti pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

Succulent braised venison


  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 140g turnips or swede, roughly chopped
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • olive oil and butter, for frying
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1kg boned leg or shoulder of venison, cut into large chunks (or buy ready-cubed venison for stewing)
  • 5 tbsp plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly (or rowan or hawthorn jelly)
  • 450ml dry red wine (Rioja is good)
  • 450ml beef stock
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Fry the vegetables in a little oil and butter in a heavy-based casserole for 4-5 mins until golden. Tip in the garlic and fry for a further min, then set aside.
  2. Put the venison into a plastic bag with seasoned flour and shake to coat. Add a little more oil and butter to the pan, then fry the venison over a high heat, stirring now and then, until well browned. Don’t crowd the pan – cook in batches if necessary. Set aside with the vegetables.
  3. Add the redcurrant jelly and wine to the pan, and bring to the boil, scraping up all the bits that have stuck to the bottom. Pour in the stock, then add the thyme, bay leaf, meat and vegetables. Season if you like and bring to the boil. Cover and transfer to the oven for about 1½ hrs or until tender. Remove from the oven and check the seasoning.