Friday Night Indian Curry

On Friday night I love takeaway, or something that seems a little like it. Home made pizza, a green chicken curry or Indian.

Tonight I was leaning towards Indian and ironically I found the most amazing recipe on the Sitar website. For those who don’t live in Brisbane, Sitar is where you would go to buy your Indian takeaway. I still can’t quite work out why they would be posting recipes but I’m very pleased that they did. The curry was spectacular!


Best Madras Beef Curry
2 tablespoons olive oil
1kg chuck steak, cut into 2.5cm cubes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup beef stock
steamed basmati rice, to serve

For the Madras Curry Paste :
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons grated ginger
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Combined the Curry Paste ingredients together in a bowl and set aside to add to the browned beef.
I skipped this step and used a good quality, ready made version.


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add half the beef. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to a bowl.
Repeat with remaining oil and beef. Reduce heat to medium. Add spice paste. Cook for 1 minute. Return beef to saucepan. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute, or until meat is coated with paste.
Add tomato paste and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low.
Cover and cook for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until beef is tender.
Cook, uncovered, for a further 15 minutes, or until sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.
Serve with rice.

The result was the most tender and delicious curry. Better than takeaway…that’s for sure!!!


3 thoughts on “Friday Night Indian Curry

  1. Hi, nice to see that you are using proper spice mix instead of that patacks paste rubbish. Another tip, add fresh tomatoes instead of tomatoe paste. Gives the gravy a thinner, tastier texture. Don’t forget the fresh, chopped corriander at end.

    Afia, UK.

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