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Sri Lanka Beef Curry Recipe
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Sri Lanka Beef Curry

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"This beef curry uses roasted curry powder."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings

Directions

  1. Rinse the beef and pat dry. Crush the garlic cloves into a paste and combine it with the crushed ginger. Add the vinegar, salt, pepper, roasted curry powder, and cayenne. Mix in the beef cubes and toss to coat. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the curry leaves and pandan strips. Stir in the onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in the beef cubes and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and cloves. Add the tomato paste and water and mix well.
  4. Simmer, covered, on low heat for 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is tender. Check the curry every half hour; you may need to add more water (up to 1 cup) if the curry is too dry and is sticking to the pan.
  5. Add the coconut milk and heat through. Taste and adjust the seasonings before serving.
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  • PREP 25 mins
  • COOK 1 hr 45 mins
  • READY IN 2 hrs 40 mins

Footnotes

  • Editor's Note
  • Roasted curry powder is available from specialty purveyors or online sources. To roast your own curry powder, heat 1 tablespoon of curry powder in an ungreased skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant and slightly browned. Immediately transfer the spice to a bowl to cool.
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Jan 03, 2011

A great curry! I followed the recipe to the letter, most of my meals are curry, this one was spot on.

 
Feb 25, 2012

I'm Sri Lankan, this curry is as authentic as they come. If you don't have canned tomato you can sustitute chopped fresh tomato instead.

 
Mar 18, 2011

Fabulous recipe!! Excellent. I only alter it by reducing the cayenne a bit. This is defiantly a family favorite. Thanks for sharing it.

 
Sep 11, 2012

Perfection. I am a 20 year plus cook of Indian and Sri Lankan food and this recipe is superb. Since I used a very inexpensive beef cut, I did marinate the 3lbs of beef with 1/2 cup of dry red wine, a couple cloves of garlic diced and salt and pepper. I covered and placed in refrigerator for approx 3 hours. You may not ned to do this but Wow what a curry. I bought my curry powder roasted from my neighborhood Indian supply shop and served with a high quality basmati rice. I live in Australia and we are blessed with fantastic spice shops, not sure how you would go in a small U.S mid-western town for supplies. Try this recipe if you can, you will be delighted.

 
Feb 26, 2014

This "Sri Lanka Beef Curry" was as delicious as similar dishes I have had in restaurants. I made it as written except that I couldn't find pandan leaf, and used my pressure cooker to shorten the cooking time. I will definitely be making this again. Next time I make it I might be inclined to throw in some potato cubes and spinach since I generally like veggies in my stew (regardless of authenticity). Thanks Rob for sharing your recipe. REVIEW UPDATE: I now know that I can find pandan leaves in the refrigerator section of an Asian grocery store. Also, I would like to comment that my curry leaves tasted like tea leaves with all the flavor seeped out of them. The Indian grocer who sold them to me told me that they were mostly for aroma. I think it is safe to leave the curry leaves out of this recipe without spoiling the overall presentation in the case you can't find them. These are NOT the same "curry leaves" as used in Thai curries (kaffir lime leaves).

 
Oct 31, 2012

This curry was amazing! I let it cook a little longer to soften the beef a little more. The flavours as written are so good. Thanks for the recipe!

 
Oct 05, 2011

Delicious and authentic!

 
Jul 02, 2011

wonderful.... now i'm looking for more sri lankan recipes

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 627 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.5 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 148 mg
  • 49%
  • Fat
  • 45.1 g
  • 69%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 46.7 g
  • 93%
  • Sodium
  • 729 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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