Beef Madras Recipe


In our house we love spicy food and in particular curries, Mr L&B could probably eat curry every day of the week! Generally he takes charge of curry cooking so he can add as much chilli and spice as he wants (don’t get me started on the time he added a whole Carolina Reaper to the curry!). After too many spicy curries I’ve decided I need to take the kitchen back for our curry club nights.

I decided to start with a really hearty and warming beef madras for the first of our curry clubs with me as head chef.

This dish turned out to be really tasty but was one that needed a good few hours of cooking so isn’t a quick midweek meal but is definitely worth the extra time! What is great about this recipe is that the ingredient list isn’t too large or complicated. Here is what you will need which is enough to serve four:

  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 500g stewing steak in chunks
  • 6 tbsp madras paste (I always use Patak’s paste)
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400ml beef stock
  • Fresh coriander to serve

Another fab thing about this recipe is that there aren’t many steps, it’s just one that takes a bit of time.

Start by heating some vegetable oil in a large pan and fry the onions for 5-10 minutes until softened. Add the beef to the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes until it starts to brown, then add the madras paste. Cook for 3-4 minutes making sure everything is coated in the paste – it’s going to start smelling amazing when the madras heats as the flavours are released 🙂

Add to the pan the tomato purée, chopped tomatoes and stock, mix everything together and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down, cover and simmer for 2 hours until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened nicely. You will need to stir occasionally just to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.

When it is looking irresistible, check the taste and add season with black pepper.

Now you’re ready to serve, add a good heap of the curry to your plate, sprinkle over some chopped coriander and serve with rice. Sit back and enjoy with a smug and satisfied smile on your face!


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