This weeks midweek meal is a slow cooker beef curry. This is another first for me, I only recently made my first curry, which was a chicken curry. It was a hit with the kids which was the main thing, before that I’d only really used jars of sauce for convenience, and I was also worried I’d get the spices ‘wrong’ and it would be too hot or spicy for everyone.
So with renewed confidence I decided to do a slow cooker beef curry, I thought I’d try it in the slow cooker purely because it really makes the beef a lot more tender and less chewy.
3 tbsp oil
750g diced beef
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
4 garlic cloves
1 green chilli
1 red chilli
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 tsp ground turmeric
4 tsp ground cumin
4 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp garam masala
250g natural yogurt
A handful freshly chopped coriander, to stir through and finish off
1/ Heat the oil and brown off the beef for 5-6 mins, transfer to the slow cooker.
2/ Finely chop the onions, garlic and chillies, and fry for a few minutes in the remaining oil, then add all the spices and fry for a further 2-3 minutes. Then transfer to the slow cooker.
3/ Add the tomatoes to the slow cooker plus 300 ml water. Stir in the fresh coriander.
4/ Stir all the ingredients together making sure everything is well covered. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
5/ An hour before serving add the yogurt and a little salt.
6/ Serve with rice and/or naan bread adding some fresh coriander to decorate.
This was really mild and the kids enjoyed it, the yogurt drowns out a fair bit of spice, so if you like you curry spicy use less yogurt. I also used 2 tins of tomatoes as it was for 7 of us, but have to say it made it really saucy and there was a lot of sauce left at the bottom of the slow cooker, so I would only use one tin next time and maybe add a little tomato puree. I’d definitely make it again, but just keep tweaking it until we get it to everyones taste ( which in our house is an absolutely impossible task!)
I do think that with recipes like curries there is no set ingredients list, everyone has to adapt to their taste, and with so many different spices and quantities, It can end up a different taste each time.
I’m just really glad I’ve started to make them, it’s been nice using spices and ingredients that I haven’t used before.
See you soon