Goan Beef Curry Recipe

21 Feb

I grew up eating this beef curry recipe at least 5 days a week. Making it yesterday made me feel nostalgic and brought back a lot of childhood memories and the people who were in my life but no more. The simple pleasures of life. Beef in Goa was cheaper than chicken. Sundays we would enjoy the famous Goan sausages, chicken curry with pulao rice. That was the staple. Guess most households has a Sunday tradition but I haven’t been able to do the same with my family. Sundays is the day I don’t want to be bothered with cooking so it’s usually take out hopefully sometimes soon.



Goan Beef Curry Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs of beef either chuck roast or stew meat cut in 1 inch cubed
  • 1 inch minced ginger (optional)
  • 1/2 medium or small onion diced
  • 2 tbsp of cafreal masala
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • salt to taste


  • Apply salt to the meat and keep aside. ( my mom used to do it so that the inside part of the meat would not taste bland)
  • Heat oil and add the chopped onions saute till translucent add the ginger and saute till you can smell it about 20-30 seconds.
  • Next add the cafreal paste and saute for 15-20 seconds add the meat and saute for 5 minutes till all the meat is well coasted with the spices.
  • Add water and salt to taste. Cook covered for 45 minutes on medium heat checking occasionally.
  • Serve with rice or bread.

Goan Beef Curry

This is such a simple recipe and like all Indian curry recipes taste better the next day. If the green beef curry is what you want to make than all you need is to add 1/2 a bunch of cilantro puree to the recipe and voila you will get the famous Goan green beef curry. One thing about the Goan beef curry unlike the Thai beef curry there is no coconut milk and its savory then sweet. But you can always variate according to your taste.


Goan Beef Curry Recipe

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23 Responses to “Goan Beef Curry Recipe”

  1. candiharris February 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Wow, that sounds and looks so good! Can I get your permission to post it on my blog?

    • Nandini February 28, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

      Thank you Candiharris. Sure you can :-). Have a great weekend.

  2. Everyday Matters March 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Looks delicious. My SO is Indian and makes curry. We are changing our diet a bit but will have to book mark this recipe. Perhaps he can spice up our next curry dish. It won’t be for a few more months but something to look forward to.

    • Nandini March 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

      Thank You “Everyday Matters” . I do hope you try the recipe 🙂

  3. crazyguyinthailand March 22, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Yummy 😀 😀 😀

    • Nandini March 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

      Thank You crazyguyinthailand 🙂

  4. Farrah April 25, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Hi! This is super random and I don’t know if you do these, but…I hope you don’t mind that I’m nominating you for a Sunshine Award! Your recipes look awesome and I really gotta get to trying em’ out sometime in the near future!

    If you want to accept/participate, the link is here!:

    • Nandini April 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

      Thank You Farrah for the award :-). I am truly honored

  5. charlypriest May 22, 2014 at 4:31 am #

    When it get´s to meat, how can I not like all these posts.

    It´s 1:30 p.m. and here in Spain we don´t eat until 2:30-3:30 p.m, and I´g already picturing in my head the veal chop that I´m having today with some salad to balance it out, although my guess is that I´ll end up cutting up some potatoes and frying them. Not as good looking as these plates, but it does the work for me.

    • Nandini May 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks Charly :-). Fried potatoes and Veal Chops sound yummy.

      • charlypriest May 23, 2014 at 12:28 am #

        It was not only yummy, I was giggling like a little girl after eating because I was so happy. Made the day much more easier.

  6. homeflair June 21, 2014 at 4:23 am #

    Luv your blog, I’m gonna try and get some of the spices and check out the recipes. Thanks for visiting Homeflair:)

    • Nandini June 21, 2014 at 7:07 am #

      Thank you for your kind words:-)

  7. Bill September 13, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Reblogged this on My world, life and dinner and commented:
    Curry is always an option.

    • Nandini September 13, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      Thank You very much Bill, for the reblog 🙂

      • Bill September 13, 2014 at 9:54 am #

        Curry is a favorite, but Americans tend to think it’s all about Scoville units and ghost chili’s.

        • Nandini September 13, 2014 at 10:18 am #

          That is true… hopefully that will change with time 🙂

          • Bill September 13, 2014 at 10:31 am #

            One palate at a time….

      • Bill September 13, 2014 at 9:54 am #

        And your welcome..:)

  8. mariposaoro September 17, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    Looks tasty!!

  9. kamillej2014 December 15, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    So simple and fits with my healthy diet. I love that you use cheap cuts of meat and make them lovely. My husband will be very happy I discovered these recipes.
    Skinny Jeans Mum

    • Nandini December 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

      That is awesome to know Kamille 🙂


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