Family Friendly Beef Curry

A lush, beef curry the whole family can enjoy 🙂 A slow cooked, coconut cream based bowl of mild, meaty curry you’ll be sure to want seconds of!

Submitted by Paulene Christie

Family Friendly Beef Curry

A lush, beef curry the whole family can enjoy 🙂 A slow cooked, coconut cream based bowl of mild, meaty curry you'll be sure to want seconds of!
4.67 from 9 votes
Serving: 5
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes


  • 1kg of blade steak cubed,
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon of minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric
  • 3 teaspoons of mild curry powder (I like Keens brand)
  • 400ml can of coconut cream
  • 2 teaspoons of cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of packed brown sugar
  • Additional 1-2 tablespoons of cornflour to thicken at end


  • Add diced beef & onion to slow cooker
  • Combine all other ingredients well in a jug (except the additional cornflour in last ingredient), and pour over beef & onion
  • Cook on low for 7hrs - will easily extend to 8hrs cooking time if needed
  • In the last half hour of cooking mix additional cornflour with a little water and add to slow cooker to thicken
  • Serve with rice, or mashed potato, or cauliflower mash
  • This is a mild family friendly curry - if you like it hotter add more curry powder 🙂

56 thoughts on “Family Friendly Beef Curry”

  1. Quite a nice recipe. I used 1.3 kg of steak, upped the curry powder and added 5 chillis and a tin of coconut milk on top of the cream. I only used a tiny bit of sugar as I love the curry flavour and was not looking for sweetness. I would certainly do this again and will continue to tinker/experiment to get it closer to my personal tastes.

  2. Sorry I didn’t like it at all. I don’t know how the picture shows a brown gravy as mine is a pale anaemic colour and all I can taste is coconut cream. I dont know what I can even add to help with the flavor. So disappointed as it looked really nice.

  3. This recipe was ok, tasty but needed something else?? .. added a tin of tomatoes as coconut cream was over powering. I also added extra curry and a little chili powder. Mine also did not have rich brown colour as in previous comments, more a korma colour! (Didn’t matter) probably will use an indian curry paste next time ?

  4. Loved this recipe! I sautéed the onion and garlic first and then followed exact recipe, very easy. I added 5tsp of curry powder (next time will use 3or4tsp) and added a can of coconut cream as well as coconut milk. Was still a little spicy after cooking it so I added 300 ml thickened cream just before serving on rice. Very tasty indeed! Thanks for this recipe Paulene, it’s a keeper in our house 🙂

  5. This is my family favourite my fussy 6 yr old loves it we use chicken most of the time instead of beef

  6. This turned out very nicely with a rich, dark gravy just as in the photo. I didn’t need to use the extra cornflour, maybe because I used the “tea towel” method?
    I just used 600g chuck steak, a large diced potato and added some baby spinach at the end. Oh, and I added some extra chilli powder, onion powder, garlic powder and salt for extra flavour.

  7. Margaret Elliott

    I would definitely recommend this Recipe. I used Oyster Blade steak – Browned it first, and used Light Coconut Cream. I added Capsicum, Carrot & Celery. I served it with mashed Potato & steamed cauliflower & Broccoli. 10/10. Thank you Pauline for sharing this recipe. Loved it.

  8. I made this last night it was absolutely delicious, we had leftovers for lunch today. will definitely be making this a regular meal choice.

  9. Colleen Marslen

    Very very yummy!
    I skipped the tumeric, and added 2 parsnips, 2 carrots, and 5 baby potatoes. Also some spinach before serving. Really enjoyed it!

  10. ? my new go to curry.
    Didn’t change a thing. Everyone loved it.
    Think I’ll add some veggies next time.
    Thank you so much ?

  11. Really yum! I added some veg (carrots at beginning, spinach and beans towards the end). Was very mild, next time I’ll add a little more curry powder.

  12. Great curry – I upped the curry powder, added carrots and sweet potato. Rich in flavour and will certainly make again.

  13. I tried this for the first time yesterday as my son and grandkids aged 4 and 2 were here for dinner. All plates were scraped clean. I added a cubed sweet potato and carrot and served with rice. Next time I would add the veggies half way through as they disappeared a bit. Loved it and will add to family favourites.

  14. So yummy the kids even loved it. I only added 2 tsp of curry powder.
    I added a full blade roast and shredded it in the slow cooker once it was cooked and served on rice.

  15. Charmaine Attreed

    Loved this recipe. Even had Hubby asking for seconds and he isn’t a slow cooker fan. I used an extra teaspoon of curry powder and added diced potato, mushroom and carrot 1 hr before the end. I cooked for almost 8hrs. Next time I will add a few more vegetables toward the end as well. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Cooked this tonight. Personally I found this extremely flavorless but in saying that my 2 and 4 year olds ate it no issues which is a win so recipe is a keeper, ill just change the title to “kids curry” ?

  17. Kristy Hingston

    This is amazing
    So much flavour my family loved it and asked to make sure I do it again. I doubled the recipe (not the meat) as I added a heap of veggies ?

  18. My family loved it. I added some peas and potatoes and it was mild enough for my family. Loved the coconut milk flavour.

  19. Made this today and it was absolutely delicious and looked like the picture!! I added a bit cumin as well, we like it spicy as well so I added a whack of siracha to turn up the heat!!

  20. So beautiful rich & coconut creamy curry loved this one. I added extra tsp curry powder and used chuck steak as thats what I had on hand in freezer!

  21. This meal is a regular favourite in our house, had it for tea last night actually ? ……i added a heap of capsicum to the meat and onion. I cook it with beef or chicken….

  22. Made this one again converting my mum to slow cooking. We used cheaper cut of meat – gravy beef and meat so tender – glorious! So yummy 🙂

  23. Easy to make and very kiddo friendly. I have 3 fussy monsters and their plates were scraped clean. Will 100% be added to our cook again list

  24. Michelle Wilson

    So good
    I added potatoes and mixed frozen vegetables and because of the extras I added some beef stock, next time I’ll just add more of the liquid that’s listed in the ingredients, I found the stock watered down the flavour too much. Other than that it was so delicious

  25. Louise Proudlock

    This meal was really delicious ?
    Hubby went back for seconds and the kids smashed it.
    I served it with pasta, broccoli and cauliflower
    I didn’t change the recipe at all. It definitely tastes better with fresh ingredients. (Is ginger and garlic)

  26. This has become a a definite favourite in our house. I have a couple of fussy eaters and they love it. Not too hot and it’s nice and creamy. Have even taught them how to cook it so they put it on after school. If we cook it in our baby 1.5l slow cooker it only takes about 2.5hours

  27. Made it as per recipe but added a lot more curry powder. It is an amazing dish and one I will be making again.
    Next time might carrots and maybe potato. Tasty recipe

  28. Another winner here..
    I like my curries hot, but this was quite nice and I probably will not change it when I cook it again
    served with steamed rice and veg and went down real well..
    Give it a go if you like a curry…!

  29. Made this a few weeks ago and I’m back to make it again, absolutely delightful and the kids loved it! Hubby requests extra sauce when I make it so I just double up. Can’t recommend this more!

  30. This was absolutely delicious! I like my curries hot, but followed the recipe and used mild and OMG it did not disappoint! I loved it, so did my husband and mum! This will definitely be a regular in this household. 10 out of 10!

  31. This was my first attempt ever to cook a curry as most curries recipes contain coconut milk , not a fan, but cooked with thickened cream instead … OMG . It was amazing . I even added an extra teaspoon of curry powder in it for an extra bite Added potatoes, carrots, peas and corn. . Will definitely be cooking this again. Love it on toast. Thanks for sharing

  32. Really great. I added 1 chicken & 1 veggie stock cube. I subbed out the soy for fish sauce & used stevia instead of sugar. Low carb & delish on top of cauliflower rice.

  33. 10/10. I put this on, went to work and then came home and my house smelt amazing!
    My kids have never been into spices etc so I’ve stayed away from curries but they loved this. Will definitely cook again.

  34. This is now a family staple dinner for us! It’s so easy to just chuck in and leave! It’s tasty enough that the adults enjoy it and mild enough to not put off fussy kids!!! Love it!!!

  35. I struggle to get my kids to eat any kind of beef stew, they complain and whinge about it every time, but I made this tonight and they both wiped their bowls clean with the bread dipping in the sauce. I didn’t have as much beef as the recipe and instead of cornflour i used maggie gravy, I added potatoes, carrots and sweet potato and slow cooked it for 4 hours and express cooked for 20 mins as i got it on late. the house smelled amazing, and it was the nicest stew i have had in a very long time. So easy to make and so much flavour. Definitely will be having this alot this winter. thank you.

  36. Yummy, kids loved it. I added fresh sliced carrot and cauliflower florets at the start of cooking. Definitely making this one again.

  37. My husband and I loved this recipe, so tasty and easy to make. Next time I think I’ll add a bit more curry if its just for us. I’m always on the lookout for easy recipes with not too much fuss and this definitely is now one of them.

  38. Made this today. Absolutely delicious.
    My only changes (this is purely for our taste) I added 1 beef stock cube & 3 heaped teaspoons of keens curry powder, add carrots & potatoes.

  39. 4 stars
    Okay, wow. My house smelt so good today I couldn’t wait to serve dinner! It did not disappoint, yummo! everyone cleaned their plates. ? ?? Cheers to the creator ?

  40. 5 stars
    Cooked this yesterday. Was so good. All the family went in for seconds. Will add a bit more curry powder next time. I didn’t use cornflour i substituted with Maggie gravy. So good. Will be making this one again.

  41. 4 stars
    Great winter meal but I think it would be even more amazing made into pies <3 my husband was even more excited there was enough leftovers for breakfast lol

    Made the recipe as stated I just used 1kg diced beef from Woolies as I'm lazy and like things already done for me and the 7 hours cooking time was perfect. would happily make again

  42. 5 stars
    Made this today for our dinner. Neighbor who was parked outside our gate asked me if I smell something really nice, I said I was cooking slowcooked beef curry, and ahe asked me what time is dinner at my place. It was that good that evem my 3 year old who is a fussy eater, cleaned his plate. This will definitely be a regular in my menu. Easy to prepare and everything is pantry staple. Thank you for the recipe.

  43. 5 stars
    First meal I have cooked using the slow cooker. Absolutely loved it. The grandchildren came back for more. Can see this being a firm favourite with the family.

  44. This curry turned out PERFECTLY for us.
    I added a few carrots and potatos and served with some rice and beans.
    we always struggle to make a flavourful curry that is mild enough for the kids and this was a hit.

    thank you so much!

  45. 4 stars
    yummy!! I made this tonight with 500gm low fat beef cubes. and used powdered ginger as didn’t have any minced ginger. Wasn’t overly full of flavour so mild enough for the whole family. very delicious!

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