Beef Kurmah (Curried Beef)

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Latchy

This is a Malay curry and it is really good as it can be frozen.

Top Review by cinderetta2002

This tasted pretty close to the real thing (we live in Singapore). I used dried (flakes) coriander instead of ground. I simmered the beef for about 2 hrs, and discarded afterwards the cinnamon and star anise, but not the cardamom. My only suggestions are that you add a bit of sea salt or fine salt to enhance the taste, reduce the powdered almonds to 30g because the sauce becomes a bit too thick, and you can use chili flakes instead of the red chili.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat half the oil in a pan add steak in batches and brown all over, remove from pan.
  2. Heat remaining oil in the same pan add spring onions, garlic and ginger and cook until spring onions are soft.
  3. Add the coriander, cumin, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and lemon grass cooking and stirring for about 3 minutes.
  4. Return the meat to the pan add coconut milk and chili and simmer covered for about 1 to 1/2 hours until meat is tender.
  5. Add the nuts and stir until heated through.
  6. Discard cinnamon, cardamom before serving.

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