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Recipe of the week: Tom Kerridge's Malaysian-style beef curry

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Malaysian beef curry from Lose Weight & Get Fit by Tom Kerridge.Picture: Bloomsbury Absolute/Cristian Barnett/PA
Malaysian beef curry from Lose Weight & Get Fit by Tom Kerridge.Picture: Bloomsbury Absolute/Cristian Barnett/PA

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

Ingredients (serves 4)

650g lean stewing beef

1tbsp vegetable oil

1 litre fresh beef stock

1 cinnamon stick

2 star anise

2 kaffir lime leaves

150ml tinned coconut milk

1tbsp tamarind paste

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the spice paste:

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

1tsp ground turmeric

To finish and serve:

500g cooked brown rice (freshly cooked and drained or 2 pouches)

A handful of coriander leaves

1 long red chilli, finely sliced


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

2. 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 one minute or until fragrant.

3. Add the beef and cook, stirring regularly, for five 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.

4. Increase the heat, stir in the coconut milk and tamarind paste and cook for a further five 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.

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

TO FREEZE: Let the curry cool then freeze in portions. Defrost fully overnight in the fridge, then reheat in a pan over a medium heat until hot all the way through.

BONUS: Lean stewing steak is high in protein and very low in saturated fat – less than two per cent – compared with other cuts of beef.

Per serving: 613 cals, 66g protein, 19g fat, 42g carbs, 3g fibre

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