Mughlai Beef Curry (Mughlai Frezi)

READY IN: 1hr 40mins
Recipe by Wisent

This is an authentic, richly flavoured Indian dish, guaranteed to impress any curry fan. It’s even better the next day, so feel free to make it ahead of time. It makes a great meal served over a bed of rice and accompanied by a vegetarian curry or two. It’s also wonderful with fresh baked naan bread (I recommend Naan). Modified from Pranati Sen Gupta’s “The Art of Indian Cuisine”. IMPORTANT: Please take into consideration that this recipe was designed for tenderizing tough, lean cuts of beef (e.g. outside round, and other stewing cuts). If using a more tender cut, you must reduce the simmering time accordingly. For example, for sirloin steak, you should simmer the meat in the coconut milk for no more than 15 minutes.

Top Review by Jujubeans

This curry is so good! It's very aromatic. The spices blend perfectly. I added some red chili paste and also tried an Indian chapati recipe for the first time. I'm in a curry frenzy lately, and this Mughlai Beef made me happy :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring coconut milk to a boil in a large heavy-bottomed pot (Dutch oven) and add beef cubes. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 40 minutes, or until almost tender. Lift out beef cubes and reserve in large bowl. Skim off any visible oil in the coconut milk, then pour over beef to keep the meat moist.
  2. Clean and dry the heavy-bottomed pot, place it back on the stove and heat ghee on medium-low. Fry onion slices and garlic cloves until light golden, lift out and set aside.
  3. Add all spices to remaining ghee in pan. Fry over low heat for one minute, stirring carefully to avoid scorching. Add beef cubes, reserving coconut liquid, and tomato paste, and fry until the mixture turns a rich brown colour, or about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Stir in yogurt, add salt and fried onions, cover and simmer for 20 minutes to blend flavours. If curry becomes too thick, add reserved coconut liquid as is necessary.
  5. Remove from heat, top with cilantro and enjoy!

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