Tom Kerridge’s Malaysian-style beef curry

Malaysian-style beef curry
Tom Kerridge
Image by Cristian Barnett

Here, galangal, tamarind and lemongrass introduce more subtle flavours than the often fiery heat of a classic Indian curry. Give it a try to make a change from your usual curry.




Malaysian-style beef curry

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Serves: 4
Nutrition facts: 613 calories 19g fat
Rating: 4.5/5
( 4 voted )


  • 650g lean stewing beef
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 litre fresh beef stock
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 150ml tinned coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 shallots, quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 dried chillies, stalks removed
  • 2 long red chillies, deseeded
  • 2.5cm piece fresh ginger, diced
  • 2.5cm piece fresh galangal, diced
  • 2 lemongrass stems, coarse layers removed, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 500g cooked brown rice (freshly cooked and drained or 2 pouches)
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • 1 long red chilli, finely sliced


First, prepare the spice paste: put all the ingredients into a food processor along with 1 tsp salt and blend until smooth, adding a splash of water if needed.

Cut the beef into 2.5cm cubes. Place a large non- stick saucepan over a high heat and add the oil. When hot, add the spice paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.

Add the beef and cook, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes until starting to brown. Add the stock, cinnamon, star anise and lime leaves. Bring to a low simmer, cover and cook gently for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and cook for a further 20 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and the beef is tender.

Increase the heat, stir in the coconut milk and tamarind paste and cook for a further 5 minutes. Meanwhile, if using pouches of rice, heat up according to the packet instructions. Season the curry with salt and pepper to taste and discard the cinnamon stick and star anise.

Divide the rice and curry between warmed bowls and top with coriander leaves and chilli slices to serve.


Lean stewing steak is high in protein and very low in saturated fat – less than 2% – compared with other cuts of beef.

Extract taken from Lose Weight and Get Fit by Tom Kerridge (£22, Bloomsbury). Photography © Cristian Barnett

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