Healthy Beef madras with lentils

Healthy Beef Madras

Healthy Beef Madras

A rich and spicy beef madras with tender meat and a thick, satisfying sauce

time

15 mins

pan

1 hour 30 mins

fire

360 kcal

time

15 mins

pan

1 hour 30 mins

fire

360 kcal

Healthy Beef madras with lentils

SERVES

4

DIFFICULTY

EASY

SERVES

4

Difficulty

EASY

I was always a fussy eater as a kid- I wouldn’t touch any fruit and would only tolerate certain vegetables. when I was about 12, my Mum made a discovery, which was that I would eat pretty much any vegetables if they were in curry! Although adulthood (and travelling the world) made me much less fussy, and I love a lot of the foods I wouldn’t eat as a child, I still love a good curry!

One of my dreams is to go to India for a cookery course and culinary tour. I’ve never been to India, but when my husband travelled there for work he said that the food was just incredible- even in the most rubbish looking airport hotel the dhal was better than anything he had ever tasted in the UK!

I did go to a local Indian cookery course last year at the Occombe Farm Cookery school, which I really enjoyed, and opened me up to some dishes and flavours that I have never tried before.

Anyway, I think what I am getting at is that I am not accomplished at Indian cuisine (which I hope to change over the years), but I do know what I like in a curry, and I think I have a good measure of a good curry for the British palate- I love a chicken tikka masala (and I have 2 versions on the blog: Skinny chicken tikka masala and slow-cooker chicken tikka masala). A beef madras was next on my list to try!

 

I wanted to create a thick and rich sauce, and I didn’t want it to be too meat heavy, so I added in red lentils which went perfectly both to thicken the sauce, and give it a really satisfying consistency.

I mixed up my spice using a mini chopper- if you don’t have one then I really recommend investing! They aren’t expensive to buy, and are so handy both for making curry pastes and other types of sauces and pestos. I have this one from Tefal, which I love:

 

I accompanied this curry with my onion bhajis which were super-tasty and also super- healthy!

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Healthy Beef Madras

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
A rich and spicy beef madras with tender meat and a thick, satisfying sauce 
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15 mins
1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 400 g lean casserole beef
  • 2 small onions or 1 large
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • a thumb sized piece fresh ginger peeled
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 litre beef stock
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 150 g red lentils
  • salt and pepper
  • low calorie cooking spray

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 180c
  • Whizz up the onions, garlic, ginger and fresh chilli in a mini chopper or food processor
  • Add the turmeric, garam masala, mustard powder, cumin seeds, fenugreek, and chilli flakes and puree into a paste
  • Spray a large, deep pan (one that has a lid) with cooking spray, put onto a medium heat, and add the beef.
  • Cook on a high heat for 2-3 minutes until browned on the outside
  • Add the curry paste, lower the heat and stir fry gently for about 3 minutes.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes and stir through, keeping the heat low.
  • Add in the tomato puree, lemon juice, soy sauce and salt and pepper, and 500ml of the beef stock. Stir in the lentils.
  • Bring up to bubbling, give it a good stir, cover with a lid and pop into the oven (middle shelf)
  • Cook for 45 minutes, remove from the oven, give it a good stir and add the remaining beef stock
  • Cook for another 45 minutes, double check the beef to make sure it's nice and tender
  • Serve garnished with fresh coriander and fat-free yoghurt

Notes

This is a spicy curry- if you don't like your curry hot then don't add the dried chilli flakes.
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