This is the first meal I ever mastered!
Rewind a decade. I was living with my best friend in an apartment in Ottawa and was in second year university. It was a big transition from living in residence on campus, but I was figuring it out. For my 20th birthday, one of my girlfriends gave me a cookbook and in it was this super easy meal for Madras Beef. It was the first thing I made from the cookbook, and I loved it.
Because it was one of the only real meals I knew how to make, I proceeded to make it for every occasion. I made it for roommates, visiting family, potlucks… you name it. It was actually the first dish I ever cooked for My Other Half, way back when we first started dating. I think it was our third or fourth date.
Over time I made modifications to the recipe. Most importantly, I started making it in my slow cooker, which I found made the beef really tender. I rarely measured the ingredients, sometimes adding more paprika and garam masala or less sour cream.
You might think this post is sponsored by Patak’s, but I assure you it isn’t – I just really love their curry pastes! Jamie Oliver recommends them in his books too. They’re easy and authentic (although obviously making your own is better, but who has time for that?).
This Slow Cooker Madras Beef can absolutely be made on the stove top. I would use flank steak instead of stewing beef, though, and slice it against the grain. It will be equally delicious!
I can’t believe, in my 5.5 years of food blogging, that I’ve never shared this recipe. I know it doesn’t look like anything special, but to me, it’s a classic!
- 1 onion
- 1 lb stewing beef
- 1 can tomato soup
- 2 cups sour cream
- 2 tbsps Madras curry paste (I used Patak's)
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 1 tbsp paprika
- Rice, for serving
- In a couple tablespoons of oil, sauté onions until translucent. Add steak, cut into bite-sized pieces, and brown. Transfer to slow cooker. Add soup, curry paste, garam masala and paprika. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 1-2 hours. Before serving over rice, stir in sour cream.