Betty's Slow Cooked Balinese Beef Curry

Betty's Slow Cooked Balinese Beef Curry Recipe

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Betty Bramanis


Fall apart tender beef in a rich Bali style curry sauce. This recipe included a home made traditional style Balinese curry paste made by you to create an amazing curry dish. This curry can be made a day or two ahead of time and re-heated when needed -perfect for when your hosting a dinner party or get together at your place. Serve with fragrant rice and steamed seasonal veggies.

Due to having a large family, I double or triple this recipe. Recipe adapted from "Super food ideas" Australia


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serves 4
20 Min
2 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


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    1 tb oil, for frying
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    1.5 kg (3 pounds) gravy beef - cheap stewing steak
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    1 large onion
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    2 long fresh red chillies, finely chopped
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    1 french shallot, finely chopped
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    2 garlic cloves, chopped
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    3cm piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
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    4 cm piece of lemon grass sliced
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    4 kaffir lime leaves, sliced
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    1/4 ts tumeric
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    1/2 ts salt
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    1/4 ts pepper
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    200ml (7 fl oz) coconut milk
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    4 table spoons kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
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    1/4 cup hot water
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    30 grams (just over an ounce) of raw cashews
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    2 tablespoons extra oil (for the curry paste)

How to Make Betty's Slow Cooked Balinese Beef Curry


  1. Using a sharp knife, chop the beef into large 1 inch (3cm chunks.
  2. Heat the oil in a large heavy based fry pan. Sear the beef (just browned but not cooked all the way through) in two batches and pop into a large stove top casserole dish (such as le creuset or bessemer)
  3. In the same fry pan, cook the onion, stirring often. Add to the beef in the casserole dish. Remove the frying pan from the heat
  4. Use a food processor or large mortar and pestle to bend the chilli, shallot, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, tumeric, salt, pepper and oil to a smooth paste.
  5. Re-heat the frying pan, stir fry the curry paste for 2 minutes until it becomes fragrant. Stir in the coconut milk, kecap manis, water and cashews. Bring the boil.
  6. Add the curry paste to the beef and onions in the casserole dish, cover and cook over a low heat stirring occasionally for about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. The meat will be fork tender.
  7. Serve with steamed fragrant rice and a medley of seasonal steamed vegetables.

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About Betty's Slow Cooked Balinese Beef Curry

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Asian

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