Fragrant Beef Curry

"Coconut milk and sweet potatoes give this curry a delicious lift."
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Ready In:
2hrs 25mins




  • Heat 2 tablespooons of the oil in a large casserole dish and brown the beef on all sides. Set aside, add 1 1/4 cups cold water to the dih and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Retain these juices.
  • Heat the remaining oil and cook the onion and chili peppers for 5 mins until soft.
  • Add the curry paste and turn up the heat for 2 mins or until the onion is going a light brown in colour.
  • Return the beef to the pan along with the beef juices, coconut milk and broth.
  • Cook, uncovered, over a very gentle heat for 1 1/2 hours so that it is barely simmering and the beef becomes tender.
  • If the coconut milk boils it will split so keep an eye on it.
  • Once the beef is quite tender, add the sweet potatoes and cook for 20 mins or until they are soft.
  • Season with the fish sauce and soy sauce.
  • Sprinkle with cashew nuts and cilantro and serve with a bowl of rice on the side.

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  1. This was a good Thai Curry, but the stew meat was still pretty tough. We buy very high quality beef from a local farmer, so I know it wasn't the beef itself. I think it could use some more simmer time to make it more tender. Next time I may start it with it's own searing juices and the onions/curry/peppers in a crockpot and add the rest of the ingredients later.
  2. Outstanding in its' mix of flavors -- spicy from the curry and chilies, sweet from the coconut milk and the sweet potatos. If anything, this was better the next day because all of the flavors had a chance to meld together. Next time, I'll have to figure out how to cook it in the crockpot.


I live in Manchester, UK with my fiance and young son. I work at the local hospital in pediatrics and love my job. I also love cooking!! I have a sweet tooth but try and make healthy family meals, I'm not against some lovely treats now and then though :)
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