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A low budget dinner that is one of our family favourites. Leftovers are even better for a breakfast toast topping or as lunchbox sandwiches fillers.
We all have those recipes that turn up regularly on our family dinner table. It’s usually the recipes that you know by heart and can throw together at the last minute with ingredients you already have in your pantry. This Clean Eating Ground Beef Curry is one of those recipes.
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My family enjoy a good curry. Not too hot, but with a little spice and a whole lot of flavor. My Mother would make this recipe when I was a kid and I do believe she learned it from my Grandmother (Note to self: I must remember to ask her about this so I can give credit where it’s due:) ).
It also happens to be the one dish I knew how to cook when I left home.
Which stood me in good stead in my flatting days because it’s budget friendly and makes a massive pot for next day leftovers. I lived with four boys so leftovers were a very big deal!
How to Get your Kids to Eat Curry
Not all kids enjoy the spiciness of a curry. If you are looking to introduce your little one to a mild curry then I recommend making this recipe with a few little tweaks:
- Use mild curry powder. There are a wide variety of good quality curry powders available. Read the ingredients and opt for a brand containing whole spices and no nasty additives.
- Serve with a little plain yogurt and sliced banana (The sweetness acts like a chutney and complements the spiciness of the curry perfectly)
- Make a plain naan bread for dipping into the sauce (here is my super easy two ingredient recipe)
Freezing your Ground Beef Curry
- To Freeze: Allow to cool before storing in an airtight, freezer proof container. Freeze for up to two months.
- To Thaw: Remove from the freezer and allow to thaw in the fridge over night.
- To Reheat: Either transfer to a pot and reheat on the stove, reheat in the microwave in a suitable container or cover with foil and reheat in the oven.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
This is a really easy recipe to make and there isn’t much to getting it right. The only two things I would point out are:
- Use the Budget Ground Beef as it has more flavor than the leaner beef.
- Brown your mince before adding your spices.
Ground Beef Curry Recipe
Clean Eating Ground Beef Curry
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 teaspoon ginger crushed
- 2 tablespoons mild curry powder
- 1 teaspoon dried cumin
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or ghee
- 2 onions finely diced
- 500 g / 1 lb ground beef
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Curry paste ingredients above
- 1 can crushed organic tomatoes
- 1 can or bottle tomato puree
- 1 cup hot water
- 4 med potatoes quartered
- Curry Paste: mix all curry paste ingredients together and set aside.
- Beef Curry: Heat up a large pot on the stove. Add onions, olive oil and fry until soft. Add mince and fry until juices have evaporated and mince starts to brown (5 - 8 minutes).
- Add curry paste, salt and pepper. Stir to coat the mince evenly.
- Add tomato, puree and water. Stir and cover with lid. Allow to simmer at medium heat for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Add potatoes and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes until potatoes have softened.
- Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. This gives the curry time to develop it's flavor and the sauce to thicken.
- Serve with fluffy brown rice.
- I like to serve my curry with a side salad of chopped tomato, onion and cucumber with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
- If you want a slightly hotter/spicier curry, you can replace one tablespoon of the mild curry powder for a medium or hot powder. We stick to the milder version as two of my children are a little fussy when it comes to the burn.