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Nov 8

A Michelin-starred chefs Lose Weight and Get Fit curry – The Irish Times

This is one of my favourite recipes from my book Lose Weight and Get Fit, where my focus was on creating high-flavour recipes for dieting and fitness. This Malaysian-style beef curry really ticks all the boxes. Here, galangal, tamarind and lemongrass introduce more subtle flavours than the often fiery heat of a classic Indian curry.

Making a spice paste from scratch is so quick and easy and worth the extra few minutes it takes. Give it a try to make a change from your usual curry paste.

I use lean stewing steak as its high in protein and very low in saturated fat less than 2 per cent, compared with other cuts of beef. Its a great recipe for batch cooking too, just 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.

Tom Kerridge is a Michelin-starred chef and bestselling cookbook author;

Serves 4

Ingredients650g lean stewing beef1 tbsp vegetable oil1 litre fresh beef stock1 cinnamon stick2 star anise2 kaffir lime leaves150ml tinned coconut milk1 tbsp tamarind pasteSea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the spice paste8 shallots, quartered4 garlic cloves, peeled2 dried chillies, stalks removed2 long red chillies, deseeded2.5cm piece fresh ginger, diced2.5cm piece fresh galangal, diced2 lemongrass stems, coarse layers removed, chopped1 tsp ground turmeric

To serve500g cooked brown rice (freshly cooked and drained or two pouches)A handful of coriander leaves1 long red chilli, finely sliced


1 First, prepare the spice paste: put all the ingredients into a food processor along with 1 tsp 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.

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