Beef and beer masala with onion bhaji dumplings

Aaron Craze combines beef, beer and spices for his British curry and tops it off with Indian-style dumplings
By Aaron Craze
Beef and beer masala with onion bhaji dumplings
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 450 g lean braising steak, or stewing cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp curry paste
  • 150 g cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 75 g spinach
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 300 ml beer

For the dumplings

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 175 g self-raising flour
  • 75 g low fat margarine
  • 3-4 tbsp water

To serve

  • Rice or mashed potato
  • Steam spinach


1. Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3.

2. Place the beef, onion, garlic, curry paste, cauliflower, spinach and tomato ketchup in a large casserole dish. Pour over the beer, mix well, cover and place into a preheated oven for approximately 2 hours, stirring halfway through.

3. For the dumplings: heat the oil in a pan and cook the onions for 10 minutes until softened and golden brown. Allow to cool slightly. Place the flour in a bowl and rub in the spread. Add the onions and water and mix until a smooth dough is formed. Divide into 8 balls.

4. During the last 20 minutes of cooking, drop the dumplings into the casserole and cook uncovered for the remaining cooking time.

5. Serve the masala with the dumplings and rice or mashed potato and extra steamed spinach.

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