Bangladeshi beef curry

    2 hours 15 min

    This beef curry is an authentic recipe from Bangladesh. Beef stewing steak is cooked with an aromatic combination of spices. The spice list might look daunting, but most you should have in your cupboard! Enjoy this beef curry with rice or naan. It's quite spicy, so reduce the number of chillies if desired.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 5 green chillies, finely sliced
    • 1 teaspoon ginger paste or grated root ginger
    • 3 cardamom pods
    • 2 whole cloves
    • 1 1/2 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 250ml water
    • 900g beef stewing steak, cubed

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr45min  ›  Ready in:2hr15min 

    1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking and stirring until the onion is very tender and dark brown, 15 to 20 minutes more.
    2. Stir in the garlic, green chillies, ginger paste, cardamom pods, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Cook and stir for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until the garlic begins to brown.
    3. Stir the cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic granules, cayenne pepper and water into the onions. Simmer until most of the water has evaporated and the mixture has thickened.
    4. Stir in the beef stewing steak and cook on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is cooked through and tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

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    There is not nearly enough water in this recipe. Further, in order to get your meat a bit more tender, a longer simmer is required. Check frequently.  -  02 Jun 2015


    5***** beef curry. you can simmer it for 2 hours, keep adding a splash of water. accompanied with rice and HOME MADE chappatties.  -  11 Feb 2015


    made this curry, flavours were stunning, only negative was the beef was tough, next time i will fry the beef first to see if that makes a difference  -  18 Oct 2014