Monday, 7 April 2014

Mkate Mayai / Baked Minced Beef with Egg Topping

This dish is made by many Ismaili families, it's name 'Mkate Mayai' literally means Egg Bread, however there is no bread in this dish.  It could be named mkate as the  the constancy of the minced meat base is little like meat loaf.  The spicy mince beef sauce is combined with egg white and topped with egg yolks at baked until the meaty sauce sets.



Ingredients
500 gm lean minced meat
1 tablespoon olive oil
Whole garam masala consisting of:
1 stick cinnamon, 3 cloves, 3 cardamom pods, 5 peppercorns,
1 heaped tsp. cumin seeds
1 large onion; finely chopped
3 garlic cloves; minced
1 tablespoon grated ginger
2 green chillies; minced
1 400gm tin of plum tomatoes; liquidised
1 tsp. tomato puree
1/2  tsp. turmeric 
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin seeds
1/2 tspn ground garam masala
salt to taste
5 eggs; separated


  1. Heat the oven at 180 C.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan, and add the whole garam masala, as soon as they pop, add the onion and fry until golden brown.
  3. Add the minced beef, garlic, ginger and chillies, stir until all the meat is brown.
  4. Add the tomatoes and tomato puree, mix and cook for about 7 minutes.
  5. Add the turmeric, coriander and cumin powder, stir and cook for about minutes.
  6. Add the salt and garam masala and mixed.
  7. Place the meat sauce in a pie dish and mix in the egg white, place the egg yolks on top and bake in the oven 180 C for 20 minutes.
Serves 4


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My dadima used to make this when I was at kid and I thought it was so weird but I still ate it. Now that I'm all grown up, I'm so happy to find this recipe!!! I will try it soon and think of my dadima. Thank you for posting!

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