Tender Beef Fillet

Servings : Serves 4-5

Tender beef fillet morsels coated in a delicious sauce, one of my family's favourite weekend meals. Goes well with mashed potatoes or fries.

Ingredients For Marinade

  • 1kg fillet, cut into cubes - Marinate the fillet cubes in the ingredients below for at least 2 hours or overnight for best results.
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1-2 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 capful (about 1 tsp.) of dark vinegar
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp. oil

Extra Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste/puree
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 green chilli, chopped


For the Fillet Steak

Use the VERY best cut of meat for this recipe, beef tenderloin like filet mignon would be perfect, any lesser quality will NOT yield the same tender delicious results!

With such a good cut of meat, you need very minimum ingredients. Avoid extra aromatic spices like cumin n turmeric n tandoori masalas etc.

Put the meat with its marinade in a pressure cooker. Add 1 tbsp. of tomato paste, 1/2 tsp. each of garlic n ginger paste plus juice of half a lemon. Chop one green chilli over it and add 1/4  cup of water. Bring to a simmer, then cover the pressure cooker and let it cook for 10-15 minutes. The fillet should be ready by then coz it takes a very short while to cook. Let the steam get released, then open and check. You can simmer and dry it off if you do not like any extra sauce/gravy or if you want the sauce to thicken up. If it's still not tender enough, give it another 2-3 minutes in the pressure cooker. Check and adjust for salt and chilli. Serve with fries or mashed potatoes and a salad.

For the Mashed Potatoes

Use white potatoes for best results. Using 1 kg potatoes…adjust to the amount you will need.

Peel and wash your potatoes then cut each one into about 4-6 cubes. Rinse them out then put them in a pan. Add water and salt, bring to a boil and once that happens be sure to keep the heat on medium and cover your pot.

Boil until a knife easily pierces through the potatoes. Drain and put the potatoes into a bowl. Add 2-3 tbsp. of butter, 2 tbsp. of milk or cream, some salt, pepper or red chilli powder can be added if preferred. You can even add some lemon, chilli flakes and coriander if you want. Mash whilst the potatoes are hot.

Serve immediately and Enjoy!


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