Though I love to try new dishes at Indian restaurants, I'd always been a bit intimidated about tackling those same recipes at home. I didn't have many of the unfamiliar spices and ingredients in my pantry, didn't even know where to buy them, and I froze in fear at the number of steps of preparation many recipes required. Then, a $19 slow cooker came into my life, and with it, a couple of cookbooks that made cooking Indian food fast and easy and not at all scary. My husband Ted and I loved this recipe for Sindhi beef curry adapted slightly from 150 Best Indian, Thai, Vietnamese & More Slow Cooker Recipes, a must-have book for slow-cooker cooks who love Asian food. Unfamiliar as I am with regional Indian cuisines, I researched the origin of this dish, and learned that it is from the Sindhi people who come from the area of west India that is now, geographically, in Pakistan. It's a simple tomato-based curry that's perfect over rice. Make it ahead, if you can; like all stews, it's even better the second day.
Slow cooker Sindhi beef curry
Adapted from 150 Best Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and More Slow Cooker Recipes. Serves 6, with rice.
2 lbs stew beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 Tbsp curry powder, hot or mild (I used hot curry powder)
1 Tbsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup canned chopped tomatoes (I use POMI)
1 medium red onion, diced
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp fresh black pepper
In a 4-quart slow cooker, stir together the beef, curry powder, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.
Add remaining ingredients, and stir to combine.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 hours. The meat should be quite tender; if it isn't, cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Serve hot, over rice.
More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Pakistani "old clothes" beef curry (nihari)
Slow cooker sweet and smoky beef
Slow cooker Punjabi eggplant with potatoes
Saag aloo/potatoes with spiced spinach
Curried green tomatoes
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Mum's savory beef and potato curry, from Cookin' Canuck
Malaysian beef curry, from The Kitchn
Beef kofta curry, from Almost Bourdain
Jamaican goat curry, from Simply Recipes
Trinidad beef curry, from Sugar Apple
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