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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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22nd Sep, 2019
All in the slow cooker and so far looks good! I’ve added mushrooms as the veg is a little on the low side. Will see what it tastes likes and if good will try it with light coconut milk
4th Mar, 2019
Great for first timer as i have only ever burnt food before when trying my hardest to cook! My wife loves Indian food so for my first time ever tried making a red lentil dahl last week! Success so this week while making two batches of dahl i was prepairing this madras and it smells wonderful in the slow cooker.. yoghurt and cream to hanf incase i have over done it with the chillies but cant wait for tomorrow to try it.. thank you goodfood for giving me a new lease of life in the kitchen.
12th Apr, 2019
I’m so pleased you liked the recipe. Thank you for such a lovely review.
30th Jan, 2019
Without doubt the best Madras recipe I've tried. Tastier than any takeaway or restaurant I've had. Followed recipe, apart from adding the sugar. Hot but not uncomfortable in the eating, but lips tingled for a good while later (sure sign of a good curry). Cooked in oven on 150, for 3 1/2 hours. Even more delicious next day. Going to try with lamb today. Know it's going to be my new go to curry. Thanks for posting!
12th Apr, 2019
What a great review, thank you so much!
25th Sep, 2018
Delicious will definitely be making this again - browned the beef as a few people recommended that - didn’t think it needed any sugar after tasting so didn’t bother with that.
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Lyle Jenish
24th Mar, 2018
Very nice dish. Couple of tweaks: browned the meat before adding to the crock pot and then de-glazed pan with a cup of water to salvage all the onion and curry and and bits. Salted the beef when frying and only added the final salt after the long stewing.Doubled up on the Balkan-style yogurt in place of the double cream. The twang of the extra yogurt helps brighten the curry.
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Michael Lebert
21st Mar, 2018
Just finished putting this dish together. Very impressed with the flavor. I did deviate slightly. Dusted the beef with flour and browned it prior to placing it in the cooker. I had no fenugreek seeds so I crushed about 3/4 tsp of fennel seeds as a substitute. Finally, I was snowed and couldn't make it to the grocer so I substituted sour cream for yogurt. Takes a little time but well worth it. The kitchen smells wonderful! Gotta go...need to make my naan :)
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Megan Babin
17th Jan, 2018
Hello! I prepped this recipe yesterday (following it carefully), slow cooked it all day today, and unfortunately, the only strong flavor I (and a friend) taste is spiciness. Has anyone else had this situation?? If so/if not, does anyone have any suggestions how to bring back the amazing flavor of the dish?? Please help!! P.S. I did salt.
20th Jan, 2018
Hi Megan. Since submitting this recipe I add lots more fresh coriander and tweak the spices (I usually add more though!). Often curries taste even nicer the next day so hopefully you’ll find this? :)


Lee Edwards
20th Feb, 2019
Hi. I always struggle with yogurt or cream curdling. Any advise would be appreciated
16th Jan, 2018
I assume "tbsn" is tablespoon? The standard abbreviation is tbsp.
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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?
21st Nov, 2017
I just made it with low fat coconut milk and it was very nice
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Gemma Toms
19th Sep, 2019
Thank you for sharing this recipe. This is by far the best beef madras I ever tried cooking for my family and friends. I usually serve it with home made naan bread. Check the recipe in BBC goidfood. One thing: I never use chili powder when I cook. I always prefer the fresh chili peppers by blending them first. It always taste better.
29th Oct, 2015
All time favourite curry recipe. Thanks for sharing.
1st Nov, 2015
Thank you so much Zod! :)