Quick beef curry

Curry powder is made from many different spices, including allspice, cardamom, chilli, cumin, saffron and turmeric. It is available in various strengths, from mild to very hot, so be sure to check the label carefully.


serves 4
500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed (optional)
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 dessert apple, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons sultanas or seedless raisins
300 g (10 oz) can condensed beef consomme
salt and freshly ground black pepper
100 g (4 oz) mushrooms, quartered


1 Place the beef, onion and garlic in a saucepan and fry over moderate heat until the beef is well browned, stirring constantly to break up lumps.

2 Stir in the spices and cook for 2 minutes, then stir in the apple,
sultanas and the beef consomme. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3 Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 5 minutes.

4 Stir in the mushrooms and simmer a further 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve at once.

What did you think?

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Wonderful flavor and simple to make!
posted by Debbie Jo @ 09:07AM, 7/15/10
I made this last night for my husband and myself and it was delicious! Something different to do with mince (ground beef) that was very refreshing. I will be making this dish again!
Very simple, but still tasty!
posted by MultiMum @ 12:12PM, 12/01/10
I was looking for something to make with mince as a change from chilli, spag bol, meatballs and shepherds pie, but that 5 children aged 10 and under would still eat. This has proved a good alternative, despite the mushrooms - they still get picked out by the youngest two. A good healthy midweek meal for busy families. Plus it reheats well if anyone is eating later.
So so nice - was Apprehensive but myself and my boyfriend loved it
posted by nicola cork ireland @ 06:54AM, 10/14/11
Same story as rest - was lookin for somethin different to make with mince - followed instructions and added cayenne pepper also as someone suggested.. wen i was at final stage i tht it looked like had no sauce - but when i tried tbl spoon of it, it was devine - i couldn't find the condensed beef consomme in Tesco so i used a beef stock cube instead and worked out great.. deffo making again and used remainer in a wrap for lunch the next day - superb!
A couple of tweaks
posted by mendicant @ 10:09AM, 1/06/12
Try using a teaspoon of grated ginger rather than the powdered stuff, and frying it with the onion and garlic before you add the minced beef.

You'll really need to add some chilli powder/cayenne pepper when you put the rest of the spices in. Do it to your own taste - start with 1/2 a teaspoon and work your way up.

If it starts to dry out towards the end of cooking then just add a little water, a splash or two at a time, and stir it in.
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