Things I have been cooking lately #27: Beef curry with spicy mash

This curry is a great winter warmer and its unusual take on mash makes a bit of a change from rice. It is a slow cooking recipe though, so make sure you start at least two hours before you want to eat.

Beef curry with spicy mash

500g braising beef steak
1 red onion, sliced
1 cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 small red chilli, finely chopped (feel free to add more if you want a bigger kick)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
400ml water
200g tin of chickpeas, drained
1 teaspoon garam masala
100g spinach
700g potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon korma curry paste
100ml thick yoghurt
Olive oil

Heat a little olive oil in a large saucepan and fry off the beef until browned all over (about 7 minutes).  Remove from the pan. Add the onions to the same pan and cook until golden brown (about 5 minute). Add the ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander and chilli and cook for two more minutes. Then add the beef back to the pan, pour over the tomatoes and water and bring to the boil. Turn the heat right down and simmer gently for 2 hours. You should stir occasionally and make sure it is not drying out. More water can be added if necessary.

While the beef is cooking, make the mash. I would suggest starting about 15 – 20 minutes before the end of the simmering time. Boil the potatoes in a large pot of salted water for about 15 minutes. Drain and mash with the curry paste and yogurt.

When the simmering time is up for the beef, add the chickpeas and garam masala and simmer for 5 more minutes. Then stir through the spinach and cook till wilted.

Serve the curry with the mash.

Serves 4

Beef curry


  1. I love slow cooking (in a slow cooker), stewing and braising. This sounds yummy. I don’t eat beef though… I’d need to try this recipe with some substitution!

  2. Abbi

    The original recipe I adapted this from called for lamb… but when I sent my husband to get the ingredients he got confused and bought beef. I think you could definitely try it with lamb. Possibly chicken as well but then I would suggest reducing the cooking time a bit and adding a little less water.

  3. Sanna

    Sounds amaazing!

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