Beef Curry

Beef Curry

This Beef Curry recipe uses top quality Aberdeen Angus Beef for a ‘melt in the mouth’ taste. Vary the quantity of fresh chillies to make a spicier or milder version to suit your tastes. Our 1/2 kg of Aberdeen Angus Topside was only just over £4.00 from the Waitrose butcher’s counter so is not only tender but good value too.

Perfect with Basmati rice, onion bhajjis, naan bread and a yoghurt & cucumber dip.

  • Serves: 2-4
  • Preparation Time: 15 mins approx
  • Cooking Time: 2 hours approx
  • Ready In: 2 hours 15 mins approx


  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • ½ kg Aberdeen Angus Topside Beef (or similar good quality beef) bought as a whole piece then cut into large chunks
  • 1 large White Onion
  • 1 medium Red Onion
  • 1 Red Pepper – sliced
  • 1 Garlic Clove – crushed or finely chopped
  • 1 inch piece Root Ginger – grated or finely chopped
  • 2 Red Chillies – finely chopped
  • 4 Cardamon Pods – crushed with seeds removed
  • 2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 2 tsp Whole Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 120 ml / 4 fl oz / 1/4 cup Natural Yoghurt (low fat used)
  • Squirt of Lemon Juice
  • 150 ml / 1/4 pint Hot Water


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan on a high heat and then brown the beef for approx 4 mins, stirring often
  2. Add the red onion, white onion and red pepper to the pan and fry until lightly brown for approx 3 mins
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the coriander, cumin, garlic, paprika, ginger, chillies, garam masala and cardamom
  4. Add the spices to the frying pan and simmer for 2 mins
  5. Transfer the ingredients from the frying pan into a large pre-heated ovenproof casserole dish
  6. Add the hot water to the casserole dish
  7. Add the bay leaf
  8. Slowly stir in the yoghurt
  9. Add a squirt of lemon juice
  10. Cover the casserole dish and cook in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees c for 1.5 hours
  11. Stir the curry and add extra hot water if required to stop the curry from drying out
  12. Cook for a further 30 minutes
  13. Remove the bay leaf before serving

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Hints & Tips

  • Slow cooking in the oven releases the flavours into the tender beef
  • You can cook for a longer time if required, just turn down the heat a little and make sure the curry does not dry out