Creamy Coconut Beef Curry

This creamy coconut beef curry has all the amazing flavours that you would expect from a dairy cream based curry but, it’s made with healthier creamed coconut and it’s lower in calories and fat. This is a mild curry and it’s really easy to make too.

This creamy coconut beef curry has all the amazing flavours that you would expect from a dairy cream based curry but, it’s made with healthier creamed coconut and it’s lower in calories and fat. This is a mild curry and it’s really easy to make too.

You’ll love this deliciously mild, creamy coconut beef curry. It’s one that really requires little effort and relatively few spices and ingredients, but has a huge amount of flavour.

Tender chunks of beef absorb the coconut and mild spice flavours whilst simmering away on your stove, allowing you to get on with other things!

This creamy coconut beef curry has all the amazing flavours that you would expect from a dairy cream based curry but, it’s made with healthier creamed coconut and it’s lower in calories and fat. This is a mild curry and it’s really easy to make too.

I made this recipe earlier on this year, having not long returned from our epic holiday. I was missing the selection of 4 – 6 different curries that were presented at each meal (and I mean breakfast, lunch and dinner!).

Zanzibar grows and exports its own spices, plus the coconuts they used for cooking were fetched right down off the tree, as fresh as can be.

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This creamy coconut beef curry has all the amazing flavours that you would expect from a dairy cream based curry but, it’s made with healthier creamed coconut and it’s lower in calories and fat. This is a mild curry and it’s really easy to make too.

Obviously, here in Scotland I can’t get spices as fresh as those just picked in Zanzibar! And anyone who claims they’ve just picked a coconut fresh from a tree here, quite clearly is telling fibs!

But with this creamy coconut beef curry, I have recreated one of those fresh coconut beef curries that I was lucky enough to experience in Zanzibar. It’s also less fattening but still as tasty a reminder of those fantastic African flavours.

This creamy coconut beef curry has all the amazing flavours that you would expect from a dairy cream based curry but, it’s made with healthier creamed coconut and it’s lower in calories and fat. This is a mild curry and it’s really easy to make too.

Lynne and I tend not to have beef very often now, favouring more of a Mediterranean style diet with our 80/20 rule. But when we do, it’s for something amazing, and special like this creamy coconut beef curry.

And….can you tell it was the middle of winter when I made this earlier on this year? I had to chase the rays of winter sunshine around our kitchen just to get the pictures to not look as if though I was photographing in a cave!

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This creamy coconut beef curry has all the amazing flavours that you would expect from a dairy cream based curry but, it’s made with healthier creamed coconut and it’s lower in calories and fat. This is a mild curry and it’s really easy to make too.
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Creamy Coconut Beef Curry
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 50 mins
 
This creamy coconut beef curry has all the amazing flavours that you would expect from a dairy cream based curry but, it’s made with healthier creamed coconut and it’s lower in calories and fat.
Course: Dinner
Servings: 2
Calories: 323 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • One large onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves large garlic finely chopped
  • 35 g fresh ginger finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp mild chilli powder
  • 250 g stewing / casserole beef cubed
  • 500 ml beef stock
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 35 g grated creamed coconut
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
Instructions
  1. Spray the bottom of a large saucepan with the low fat cooking spray about 5 times. Turn the heat on high, then when the oil spray starts to bubble turn down the heat add the onion and saute, stirring constantly to prevent burning for about 3 – 4 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger, again stirring constantly for a further 1 – 2 minutes.
  3. Add the ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric and mild chilli powder, stir together for 1 minute to allow the flavours to release.
  4. Add 5 tbsp. warm water to prevent any burning and stir for 1 – 2 minutes.
  5. Blitz the onion spice mixture in a food processor / blender or with a stick blender to a paste consistency.
  6. Return the paste to the pan, stir in the beef, and brown it within the paste, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  7. Add the beef stock, bring the stock to the boil, turn down to a gentle simmer, add the salt, put the lid on and cook for 1 hour stirring every now and then until the sauce has thickened and beef is tender.
  8. Stir in the grated creamed coconut and simmer for a further 15 minutes until a creamy coconut consistency is achieved.
  9. Serve garnished with coriander.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Coconut Beef Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 118
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.1g 20%
Saturated Fat 7.9g 40%
Cholesterol 78.8mg 26%
Sodium 1213.3mg 51%
Total Carbohydrates 20.2g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5.1g 20%
Sugars 6.1g
Protein 34.7g 69%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 10%
Iron 31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This creamy coconut beef curry has all the amazing flavours that you would expect from a dairy cream based curry but, it’s made with healthier creamed coconut and it’s lower in calories and fat. This is a mild curry and it’s really easy to make too.

Well as I mentioned in the previous recipe, the cherry sponge mug cake one, we did finally manage to conquer Ben Vorlich on Saturday! Success!

So, I’m currently editing the pictures from our climb and I’ll bring you those on Thursday as a little something different.

Catch you then!

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Comments

  1. Curry is one of the greatest meals….so many versions, so many cuisines use curries…it’s just so perfect 😛
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      You couldn’t have said that better! And I love being able to sample all those amazing different curries. The flavour combinations are endless. 🙂

  2. This curry looks so deliciously creamy and perfect for curry night – much healthier too.
    I bet you had the most amazing curries when you were on your trip.
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy recently posted…Comment on The Ultimate Guacamole Recipe by DanniiMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Is your curry night the same as ours then Dannii? Sunday? 🙂

      I can easily bore people to sleep my recounting all the amazing curries we had. 😆

  3. Creamy coconut milk is my new bestie! I kid you not. It’s just so friggin’ good!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Nom On Food PornMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Absolutely GiGi, plus using the creamed coconut here in this recipe adds that extra bit more authenticity. I think! 🙂

  4. this looks so creamy and delicious! Love that you used coconut cream in this to make it healthier too, yum 🙂
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Rachel. 🙂

      I’m sure the coconut cream makes it a far tastier dish than dairy cream would. It’s the main ingredient instead of dairy cream in curries in Zanzibar.

  5. I am usually not a beef eater either – but, when it looks and sounds as flavor packed as this curry, all bets are off! Neil, you did a fantastic job with this curry – I love how rich and thick it is!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Shashi, I just think that this curry has the perfect sauce to bring out the flavour in the meat, but to not make it overpowering with heat. 🙂

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