Tuesday, January 21

B is for Beef Madras

This is one of my favourite recipe books. Last year, for Mother's Day I made a selection of curries for the family when Jon's mum came for the day. It was a great success - whilst I cooked quite a lot it meant I had sufficient to pack in the freezer for subsequent meals for Jon and I. At Christmas it came to light that it was one of the best meals our godson had tasted. He has his own flat now and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, so last week for his birthday we bought him this book.

The recipe I followed from the book was for Beef Madras :-

Beef Madras 2.


1 onion chopped

4 cloves 6 cardamon pods

2 fresh chillies (I use Asda frozen)

1 tsp dried ginger

2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed (I use Asda frozen)

2 dried red chillies

1 tbspoon medium curry powder

9oog braising steak – all visible fat removed

2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

250ml beef stock


Chopped coriander to garnish (I use Asda frozen)


Spray pan with frylight . Add the onions, cloves and cardamom pods. Stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
Add the chillis, ginger, garlic and dried chillis and stirfry for a further 2 minutes.
Add the curry powder and beef chunks and stirfry until meat is sealed.
Add the ground coriander and cumin and stock.
Transfer to oven and cook for a few hours OR transfer to slow cooker and cook all day.
(I cooked it in the Rayburn - all day!)

Serve with rice.

We ate this on Sunday - it was hot.
We had the remainder last night - as always it tasted even better.
The recipe did not contain tomatoes and the liquid I felt was not enough.

There are endless Beef Madras recipes out there which I have been reading, but yesterday whilst shopping I bought

I am going to make a madras curry but will devise my own recipe. The Schwartz recipe contains vinegar - which Jon doesn't like so my recipe will be something like this:-

900g braising steak - all visible fat removed.
1/pint beef stock
1 tin chopped tomatoes
Lots of onions
A couple of tablespoons of Schwartz madras powder

On Rayburn cook initially on hotplate then transfer to oven for rest of the day, checking and adding more liquid if required.

Watch this space.

I am enjoying my cookery adventure as part of my ABC Wednesday contribution, really making me branch out and experiment.

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  1. Replies
    1. So do we Rusty - Indian v Chinese? Definitely Indian here.

  2. I must own up to never having made a curry Denise. Yours looks most interesting but not sure I dare try it out.

    1. Go on Pat....try a korma, very mild and creamy. Next week I am trying out a new one - much milder.

  3. BRANCHING out while cooking is one of the pleasure of life. Your recipes look like my palate would enjoy the food! Kate, ABC Team

    1. We enjoyed it Kate - as you say branching out is all part of the fun. Be interested to see how the Schwartz version turns out.

  4. The best Indian food I've ever tasted has been in England and Wales! I bet yours is great.

    abcw team

  5. This is new to me. Though I don't eat beef the chicken version should taste good.

  6. I am so enjoying these ABC Wednesday posts !

    Son is a fabulous Indian cook and uses Madhur Jaffrey's Flavors Of India cookbook.
    I wonder about leaving out the vinegar ? It seems important it is there for a reason much like in Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese cooking. Can he pick that flavor out from all the spices ?
    Plus if you can get fresh ginger. The aroma is wonderful and it add the freshness to all the dishes.
    I keep mine in the freezer.

    Are the chickens laying any more eggs ?

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Jon can pick out the vinegar AP but I just may make her version when the family are round for Mother's Day again in March as there will be a selection of curries rather than just the one. I too freeze mine.

      The hens are good - egg every other day. By the colour I know it's Mabel - dark brown hen, Eva seems to have stopped so the golf balls are coming out again!

  7. I'll come over and you can make this for me, OK?

    1. A long way to come Roger - I'd have to make a desert as well to make your journey worthwhile.

  8. This sounds really good. Perhaps a bit spicy for my tummy but it is making me hungry now.

  9. Sounds delicious ! Would love to try it out, cooking is another story !

  10. Spicy food... Can't go wrong! :)

  11. I love curries but the rest of the family won't eat them so I only have them if we go out for a meal or have a takeaway. I think I might have to batch cook some and then I can just take one out of the freezer when I fancy one and the rest of them can have something different, that's what I've done with chilli as they won't eat that either.

  12. The rice and curry does look inviting.

  13. I think branching out and experimenting is what ABC Wednesday is all about. I thank you for be the originator of this great meme. I have been experimenting with all kinds of soups this winter and freezing for another day--saving lots of money and having yummy warming dinners.

  14. I am not much for hot curries but this sounds like a great recipe for those who are, and with a little modification I could certainly enjoy it too!! I am sure you find, as I do, that the older one gets the more adventuresome one becomes in their cooking, and the less likely to rely completely on a recipe.

  15. mmm that sounds and looks great!! gonna have to pin it!

  16. I am craving a good curry now! I never cook it myself anymore but I used to.

  17. Ohh it looks very tasty! I love spicy food;)

    Visiting through ABC Wednesday

  18. Your dinner looks very tasty! I bet it smelled heavenly cooking too. Your next version sounds good, I also like a little more sauce in this sort of dish. Perhaps a cup of beef broth added as needed throughout cooking would do the trick in addition to the tomatoes. I really need lunch now!
    As to you comment/question on my post (Thanks for visiting!) Yes indeed in our younger years 1975-93 we had motorcycles and rode both street and dirt all over California. We took our dirt bikes on our honeymoon tour in fact and when our daughter was born she had a little 4-wheel quad to start with by the time she turned 3. We had to sell the bikes lock stock and barrel when my husband injured his back at work in '93. He passed away 3 years ago next month and I have toyed with the thought of getting a little Honda 90 or scooter for around town once again.
    You two have a whole lot of fun at the TT on Isle of Man, I have only watched it in TV and am just full of envy, what a great holiday trip!

  19. Sounds good, especially on a cold evening before the fire. - Margy


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