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The Great Masala Gatsby

The Great Masala Gatsby

After 60 days and 7 000 kilometres on the road, it’s hard to imagine that the Ultimate Braai Master Season 4, Game On journey —which took 13 teams to some of the country’s most beautiful and remote locations— is finally over. 

Billed as the most combustible season yet, 13 teams faced a range of exceptionally tough challenges from host Justin Bonello and equally rigorous judging courtesy of Executive Chef, Bertus Basson and Chef, Petrus Madutlela, neither of whom did much to pull their punches.

The Great Masala Gatsby

With the Ultimate Braai Master Season 4, Game On journey over, you can try the teams' recipes at your next braai. Try team Skoot's Masala Gatsby recipe. Food and Wine The Great Masala Gatsby European Print This
Serves: 3 -6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 1 large ciabatta or french loaf
  • 5 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 kg rib-eye steak, cut into 100g strips
  • 5 onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 free-range eggs, fried to your liking
  • 200 g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 20 g crushed garlic
  • 4 red chillies
  • 20 g ginger, finely chopped
  • 20 g fresh coriander
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 10 g of each cumin seeds, coriander seeds and mustard seeds
  • 60 g garam masala
  • 20 g peri-peri powder
  • 10 g of each celery salt, paprika, ground coriander and ground cumin
  • 50 ml spirit vinegar
  • Spray and Cook
  • 50 g salt
  • 50 g ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons
  • About six big handfuls of cooked fries


For the Steak & Chips

  1. Mix together 10 g garam masala, a pinch of salt and pepper and lemon juice and steak strips then marinate for an hour.
  2. Braai the steak over hot coals until medium rare, allow to rest for 20 minutes then cut into thinner strips.
  3. In a fireproof pan toast the peri-peri powder, celery salt, paprika, ground cumin and ground coriander. Add about 10 g of salt and the vinegar, add the warm fries and toss to combine.

For the Masala Sauce

  1. Heat a flat bottom potjie over moderate coals then add a glug of canola oil. Add the mustard, coriander and cumin seeds and fry for a couple of minutes. Stir through the onion, ginger, garlic and chillies and fry until the onions are soft. Add the rest of the garam masala and cook for about five minutes, then add the chopped tomatoes, reduce the heat and simmer until cooked down to a thicker sauce. Mix through the strips of steak and take it off the heat.

To Assemble

  1. Slice the bread lengthways and butter both sides.
  2. Place the lettuce, cucumber and masala sauce on the bottom half. Cover with slap chips, followed by steak and then the eggs.
  3. Finish off by adding the grated cheese, close it up as best you can.
  4. Best served with ice cold Coca-Cola!

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