Curry Series – 5-Hour Slow-Cooked Beef Vindaloo Recipe

by Mr Romance on March 26, 2014 · 10 comments

in Food & Drink

I love cooking curries – especially for Mrs Romance. Over the next few Wednesdays I’ll be telling you how I cook my favourite Indian dishes in our curry series. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Mr & Mrs Romance - curry series - Vindaloo title If you tell someone in the UK that you’re having a vindaloo for dinner, they’ll probably think you’ve gone mad or that you’re incredibly drunk. Second only the mighty phaal, the vindaloo is recognised as the hottest dish you can get in an Indian restaurant.

In Australia on the other hand, the heat of the vindaloo isn’t quite as intense and so the flavours are more developed… or perhaps they’re just easier to distinguish from behind the overpowering heat of a UK vinda.

Mr & Mrs Romance - curry series - Vindaloo ingredients I like to make my vindaloo in our favourite clay slow-cook crockpot. Cooking this curry for a long time means the meat is very tender – almost like a ragu by the end. Because of this, you don’t need to worry about the cut of meat you use.

5-Hour Slow-Cooked Beef Vindaloo

Curry Series - 5-Hour Slow-Cooked Beef Vindaloo Recipe
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A spicy saucy curry with a sharp tang. The long cooking time means the meat is very tender and the flavours deep and developed.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 8
  • 500g beef cut into bite-sized pieces - I used rump steak
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 3tbs Monika vindaloo curry paste, which is Gluten-Free
  • 2 waxy potatoes - cubed
  • 1 large brown onion - sliced thickly
  • 1 tomato - chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves - finely chopped
  • 1 red capsicum - cubed
  • 1tbs coriander seeds
  • 1tbs cumin seeds
  • 3-4 cardamom pods
  • 2tbs white vinegar
  • 1tbs oil/ghee - I used coconut oil
  1. Set the oven to about 150dC/300dF/Gas mark 2-3.
  2. Heat the coriander and half the cumin seeds in a pan until they start to release their aroma, then grind them up with a pestle and mortar.
  3. Add the oil to a pan and heat then add the ground spices and the rest of the cumin seeds to the oil until the seeds begin to sizzle then add the onion and garlic.
  4. Seal the beef in the pan - add a little of the vindaloo paste if you want.
  5. Pour everything into a slow cook pot. We’ve got a potbellied earthenware pot but a casserole dish or anything that’s ovenproof with a lid will do.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients (tin of tomatoes, vindaloo paste, potatoes, tomatoes, cardamom and vinegar) and stir thoroughly. The sauce will reduce so add some water if you like.
  7. Check after a couple of hours. After 5 hours, turn off the oven. The beef should be incredibly tender and the potatoes should squash easily under a spoon.
  8. Serve straight away or leave and reheat later.

This curry refrigerates and freezes well, so if you’re not cooking for 8-10 people, don’t worry.

The heat of this curry is mild by English standards, so if you want that sock-blowing-off experience, add a chilli or two to the mix before you add everything to the oven pot. Monika curry pastes are all gluten free.

What’s your favourite curry? Have you tried an English vindaloo?

Images by Mr Romance.

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 26, 2014 at 11:21 am

You had me at 5 hour slow cooked! :D


Mr Romance March 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Ha ha! Thanks, Lorraine! Means a lot coming from you! :-)


Nikki @ Styling You March 26, 2014 at 11:42 am

Looks like one to trot out when it finally cools down Mr R! Love a good curry.
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Mr Romance March 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm

This is a pretty good curry, Nikki. But you’re right – not ideal for a hot night!


Christie-Childhood 101 March 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Love a good curry! Can’t wait to try this.
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Mr Romance March 29, 2014 at 8:26 pm

There are few things in life better, Christie! Good luck with trying this recipe. Let me know how you get on when you do. :-)


Sonia from Sonia Styling March 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Oh Mr Styling is going to LOVE this! He was only remarking the other night we should get the slow cooker out and start doing some curries. I love a Lamb Rogan Josh or a Chicken Tikka Masala.
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Mr Romance March 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Love lamb rogan josh, Sonia! Love it! And lamb is just about the best meat to cook for as long as possible! That and goat… which is pretty much the same animal, right? ;-)
The curry paste I use for this vindaloo isn’t too hot either – Mrs Romance likes spicy food but in the past my vindaloos have blown her head off a bit. This one’s not so bad though.


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