You know that time when you are really wanting some great Indian food, and wanting that great curry gravy? Yeah, I had one of those moments recently, and I was glad that I did! The most recent dish I made is called beef madras. It is essentially an Indian style curry made with beef, but this time I decided to prepare everything in advance, and let it cook in a slow cooker for about 8 hours until the beef was fall apart tender. This beef madras is loaded with awesome flavor, dark in color, rich, and just warms the soul. I was a bit skeptical if my kids were going to eat this, but you know what, they devoured it! All of it. That’s always a great thing.
Yes, I turned my beef madras into a sandwich, but traditionally it is served on a bed of rice, of which my kids could not get enough of. Your choice, but whatever route you go with, it’s going to be a great route, trust me.
Let’s get started.
- 2 lbs cubed beef
- 4 tbsp canola oil
- 1 large red onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 whole roma tomatoes, chopped
- .8 oz curry powder (yes, I used store bought, don’t judge me)
- 1 tsp red chili flakes
- 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp salt, adjust to taste
- 1 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 3 cups beef stock
- French baguette, optional
- cooked jasmine rice
- fresh onion, sliced, optional
- fresh cilantro, chopped, optional
This sounds like a lot, but it is really a quick throw together meal, and after some initial stove work, it all gets dumped into your slow cooker, and then you can walk away only to be bombarded by some awesome smells through the day until you are ready to eat.
Let’s get going.
Start by heating a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add in half of the oil, and let it come to temperature. Once heated, add in the onion, and give a good stir. Once the onions soften, about 6 minutes or so, add in the garlic, tomatoes, and once you get that great aroma from the garlic, add in chili flakes, curry powder, salt, pepper, cumin, and ginger. Give this a good stir, and cook the seasonings for a few minutes.
Remove the mixture to a plate, and set to the side.
Rinse out your skillet, and return back to the stove. Add the remaining oil, and keep the heat on medium-high.
Season the cubed beef with some salt, then add the cubed beef to the skillet. Your goal here is to brown the beef, not fully cook it. Once browned, add the onion and seasoning mixture back to the beef mixture, give a good stir, then add the beef stock. Stir again, then add everything to your slow cooker.
Cover, and cook on the low setting, and cook for 8 hours or longer if you desire. Stir along the way.
Now when you are ready to serve, take some rice and place into a bowl, then ladle in the beef madras. Top with fresh cilantro and onion if you desire.
The result is nothing short of fantastic. The beef is super tender, and that curry gravy will have you coming back for more. Again, I was really surprised watching my kids devour the beef madras. They came back for seconds, they loved it that much, and for me, well, I made the sandwich, and there was something about it. It almost reminded me of a beef au jus. That gravy set into the baguette, and made it that much more special. This is a real winner if you are into a great beef curry. Hope you enjoy!