Warm Spiced Beef Curry and Rice

By: Jennifer M February 4, 2013 Main Courses 15 Comments
Warm Spiced Beef Curry with Rice
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I am such a fan of Thai curry, that I don’t often (enough) think to make any other kind. I really do enjoy an Indian-inspired curry though, especially beef and especially on a cold, Winter day.

This warm-spiced beef curry cooks up beef that is fork-tender, with a lovely sauce, full of warm spices like ginger, cinnamon, clove and bay. The sauce also has tomatoes and coconut milk. Although it has coconut milk in it (optional, you can use regular milk), it isn’t predominant, like in a Thai curry. It is also mildly curry spiced, which is how I prefer my curries. It is a great dish to adjust to your taste though, by adding more or less of any of the spices or chutney (or up the crushed red pepper, if you’d like a bit more heat). Any way you make it, this is a warm and comforting dish.

I love this on the weekend, when I can start it in the early afternoon and then let it cook away on the stove-top until dinner. Then there’s just the rice and a veg to make later on. I love brown Basmati rice with this curry. I think you could very easily make in a slow-cooker as well. I’d just brown the meat separately, then throw it into the cooker with the sauce ingredients and let cook away. Take the lid off and simmer for a bit at the end, if needed to thicken the sauce a bit.

Warm Spiced Beef Curry with Rice
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Adapted from a Bon Apetit November 2000 recipe

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  1. Liz February 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I love curry too Jennifer. This dish looks so delicious!

    • Jennifer M February 5, 2013 at 6:54 am

      Thanks Liz. Great supper for these cold days we’re having.

  2. Sophie February 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    This sounds delightful! The weather has been quite grey and cold here also… I love it though, because it means comfort food :)

    • Jennifer M February 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Sophie. I enjoyed the last of this for lunch today and just as good as left-overs! We have been in the depths of winter here, cold and snowy, but good days for staying in and cooking.

  3. Lokness @ The Missing Lokness February 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I am feeling a bit cold now. Something warm and hearty sounds just perfect now. What brand of chutney do you use?

    • Jennifer M February 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      It will definitely hit the spot. I use Patak’s Major Grey Chutney. My local (small town) store doesn’t have a great variety to chose from, but that said, I do like it.

  4. Bob February 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I love curry, this sounds perfect.

    • Jennifer M February 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      We really enjoyed it here, Bob. Hope you get a chance to try it.

  5. JG February 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I made this last night! Not only did it smell fabulous, it tasted delicious! I served it with some naan as well…very good!

    • Jennifer M February 22, 2013 at 10:27 am

      So glad to hear, JG. And Naan is a perfect accompaniment to soak up that delicious sauce!

  6. Katherine March 22, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I made this last night. Mine didn’t look quite a beautiful as yours but tasted delicious — even the kids liked it! Thanks very much for the recipe!

    • Jennifer M March 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Hi Katherine. I can assure you, it didn’t look like that when I ate it either. I just beautify it up for photos so it looks a bit more appetizing :) I’m glad you enjoyed it and your kids, too (always a bonus, I know!)

  7. Katherine March 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks Jennifer, good to know! I had the leftovers for lunch today and as another of your comments said, it’s even better the next day! I will stay tuned to your site.

  8. Nicki January 22, 2014 at 8:21 am

    This dish was amazing! My husband and I loved it, however how do you think it would taste using lamb instead of beef?

    • Jennifer M January 22, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Glad you enjoyed it, Nicki. I’m probably the wrong person to ask about lamb. I don’t like lamb. That said, I’m thinking it would be nice – richer, but nice. Worth a try, I’d say.

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