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Slow Cooked Beef Madras

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Serves 4

Delicious spicy beef madras with meat that just falls apart!

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  • 2 tbsn olive oil
  • 2 mediums onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsn ginger, grated
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 2 large chillies, finely chopped with seeds
  • 1 tbsn garam masala
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne or chilli powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tbsn madras curry powder
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 3 tbsn coriander, fresh
  • 700g stewing steak, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsn plain yoghurt
  • 2 tbsn double cream
  • Salt


    1. Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onion; cook slowly until golden.
    2. Add ginger, garlic , chilli and all the spices and fry for 1 minute.
    3. Add chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, coconut milk and 2 tbsn coriander and stir together for a minute.
    4. Add beef, stir and transfer everything to a slow cooker.
    5. Cook on LOW for 6 hours.
    6. Add sugar, yoghurt and cream (add slightly more or less according to taste and how hot you like your madras)
    7. Serve with the remaining coriander sprinkled on top.
    8. Taste even better if made the day before!
    9. Serve with basmati rice and naan.

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27th Oct, 2016
Make this in the simmering oven of an AGA. This gets asked for at least once a week. Have made it with chicken and lamb too which is just as good.
27th Jul, 2016
Love making this curry in my slow cooker always a winner with everyone.
29th Jan, 2016
I did this on the hob as it was a last minute decision to make and cooked it on a low heat for around 3 hours. I also omitted the yogurt and cream (personal choice) and it was lovely! Definitely doing this again
14th Jan, 2016
Great recipe which can be dabbled with to suit. I use round steak, and would go as far as to suggest that cheaper meat cuts are better. The meat tenderises well and any fat just adds to the flavour... Definitely best done the day before, but try and keep your tasting spoon out! It's like trying to suck a fruit pastille.
14th Dec, 2015
Left overnight in my slow cooker and it looks and tastes great this morning! Quite spicy (I had no fresh chillies so put some chilli flakes in, but am waiting until I serve tonight to add the yogurt and cream which I think will make it a great balanced dish. Super addition to my slow cooker recipe book - and very adaptable according to what's in the fridge/cupboard - thanks!
13th Oct, 2015
Hoeing to try this recipe soon. Could you make this with reduced fat coconut milk, would it still work? Thanks.
15th Sep, 2015
Do you use powder garam masala or paste?
1st Nov, 2015
I use garam masala powder but you could mix up the recipe to suit you. Hope you enjoy it!
4th Sep, 2015
I cooked this for the first time last week, and have just done it again ready for tomorrow. It's a fantastic recipe. Really delicious and takes no time at all!
1st Nov, 2015
Thanks Amy, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this recipe!


13th Oct, 2015
Hi there, I am hoping to try this recipie soon, but wondered if I could use low fat coconut milk, would it still work ok?
29th Oct, 2015
All time favourite curry recipe. Thanks for sharing.
1st Nov, 2015
Thank you so much Zod! :)