• Serves 5
  • 125 minutes
  • Difficulty Medium
  • 15 Ingredients
October 26, 2020


Brad Callaghan from Auburn Meadow Meats in Sydney’s Rose Bay, says browning beef or lamb before adding the pieces into a casserole, curry or stew is the best way to ensure juicy, succulent meat packed full of flavour. “Use the same pan for the dish to ensure you capture all the beautiful flavours and save time with washing up,” he says.

How to brown your meat to perfection

1 Dice your meat into even cubes 2-3cm is a good size. Place a small amount of oil in the casserole pan on a medium heat.

2 Using a ziplock bag add your meat to flour, salt and pepper and shake together until it is all covered lightly.

3 Add your meat cubes to the pan. Remember the meat needs to sizzle as it hits the pan. The aim is to sear the meat and lock in the flavours (if it does not sizzle the pan is not hot enough). You may need to cook your meat in batches depending on the size of the pan. This stops the meat from stewing.

4 Cook until all the meat is brown. Return all the batches back to the pan and start to add in your other ingredients whether you are making a casserole, curry or stew.

Ingredients (serves 5)

  • 1kg beef chuck, cubed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 2 400ml tins coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 500g cauliflower florets
  • 200g snow peas
  • salt & pepper
  • steamed rice to serve
  • lime wedges to serve
  • fresh coriander leaves to serve
  • sliced spring onion to serve


  1. Pat beef dry with paper towel and season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle 1 Tbsp oil into a large heavy-based pot over medium-high heat. Add half the beef, cook 4 minutes to brown, and transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining beef and a further 1 Tbsp oil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add onion, garlic, ginger, and remaining oil to the pot. Cook 2 - 3 minutes, stirring regularly, until onion begins to soften.
  3. Add curry powder to onions and cook 30 seconds further. Add coconut milk and water and stir well. Return browned beef and any resting juices to the pot.
  4. Bring stew to the boil then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 90 minutes.
  5. Add cauliflower to the curry and return to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, 15 - 20 minutes until beef and cauliflower are tender. Stir through snow peas and cook 3 minutes further.
  6. Serve curry with rice, coriander and lime wedges.

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  • this sounds devine!


  • Thank you for a lovely recipe. Can’t wait to try it.


  • Browning the beef beforehand is a must! Just be careful not to stew it!


  • Snow peas are always a good addition.


  • Curry is a firm family favourite and I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!


  • we love a good curry in our house, but with beef it has to be super tender and slow cooked so it’s not tough and chewy. Your recipe looks amazing and I cannot wait to cook this for my husband!


  • Love a good curry,it look’s delicious!


  • This sounds and looks very yum. Will try this recipe.


  • This looks delish!


  • Oh yum, looks so delicious. Im going through a curry phase, this one is on my list


  • Thank you for this coconut and beef curry recipe. It looks so delicious and perfect for our family. We do love curry recipes and meals.


  • This looks heavenly and so easy to prepare.


  • This sounds absolutely delicious. Minus the coriander though!!

    • Yeah, I think a pinch of ground coriander would be better

      • I always add extra coriander, absolutely love it and the more the better in recipes! :)


  • My husband will like this, thanks


  • Nice and simple, no fuss recipe so I’ll give this a go


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