Slow Cooker Beef Madras

  • 15MINS
  • 4HR 30MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 288KCAL

Come home to the delicious smells of this Slow Cooker Beef Madras. We’ve made it medium hot and far more slimming friendly than a takeaway!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories288
  • Carbs15g
  • Protein38g
  • Fat6.4g
  • Saturates2.2g
  • Sugars12g

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If you love your slow cooker as much as we love ours, we’re sure you’ll be giving this Slow Cooker Beef Madras a go very soon! Proving that a slow cooker is for more than just soups and stews, this recipe gives your local takeaway a run for its money. 

We’ve made ours medium hot, but you can add as much spice as you like – so if you can handle the heat, feel free to sprinkle in some more chilli powder. 

The beauty of slow cooking is that all the flavours have the chance to develop and become more intense as the ingredients slowly bubble away. It’s important to cook this recipe low and slow, so the beef can get really tender. It should melt in your mouth by the time it’s done cooking!

Chuck all the ingredients in the slow cooker before you head out for the day and come home to a perfectly cooked curry – it doesn’t get any easier or more convenient than that!

Why not try this recipe for your next Fakeaway night and create an Indian themed feast including starters such as Onion Bhajis and Samosas?

If you don’t have a slow cooker you can also cook this recipe in the oven or in an instant pot.

What diets is this Slow Cooker Beef Madras suitable for?

This Slow Cooker Beef Madras recipe is suitable for anyone on a dairy free diet. 

It can be made gluten free as long as you use a gluten free stock cube.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Slow Cooker Beef Madras recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Slow Cooker Beef Madras?

Nope! Everything you need for this recipe should be easy to find in your local supermarket. 

There are a couple of bits of equipment that will make cooking this dish easier:

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You’ll need a slow cooker. We used a Morphy Richards 460017 3.5 Litre Ceramic Slow Cooker, One-Pot Solution like this one to make ours. 

A good quality large frying pan like this one from Amazon will always be handy. 

How many calories are in this Slow Cooker Beef Madras?

There are 288 calories per portion in this Slow Cooker Beef Madras recipe, which means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. If you’re counting calories or following one of the popular diet plans like Weight Watchers, this recipe fits in perfectly!

NHS guidelines suggest men should aim for 2,500 calories per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and women require around 2000 calories. Each person has different calorie requirements depending on their goal, so you may want to adjust your daily calorie intake according to your own personal goal.

Step 1

Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat.

Step 2

Add the onion, garlic, ginger and green chilli and fry gently for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring, until softened and golden.

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Step 3

Add the beef, chilli powder, turmeric, cumin, ground coriander, garam masala and cinnamon to the frying pan. Stir together and fry gently for 2 – 3 minutes to seal the beef on all sides.

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Step 4

Transfer to the slow cooker and stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, beef stock, vinegar, salt and sweetener until well mixed. Cover with the lid and turn on to the high setting and cook for 4 – 5 hours. The curry will be ready when the beef is tender, and the sauce has reduced and thickened.

 

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Step 5

Serve sprinkled with chopped coriander leaves if wished and serve with some basmati rice or other accompaniments of your choice.

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What could I serve with this Slow Cooker Beef Madras?

You can serve this Slow Cooker Beef Madras with a 125g portion of cooked basmati rice for a total of 461 calories. 

If you fancy, you could also serve with a variety of Indian inspired snacks and side dishes for a Fakeaway feast! Just remember to work out the calories accordingly.

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How do you know when Slow Cooker Beef Madras is cooked?

You’ll need to cook this Slow Cooker Beef Madras until the sauce has thickened and the beef is soft and tender. This should take 4 – 5 hours in the slow cooker. 

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe! 

How long can you keep Slow Cooker Beef Madras in the fridge?

We recommend that you eat this dish within 4 hours of serving it.

If you have any leftovers, then make sure that you allow them to cool before popping them in a container with a lid and refrigerating. Leftovers of this Slow Cooker Beef Madras can be kept in the fridge for 1 – 2 days.

Can I freeze Slow Cooker Beef Madras?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Slow Cooker Beef Madras?

From chilled: Place in a microwavable container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes. You could also reheat this Slow Cooker Beef Madras in a saucepan on the hob. Just make sure it is piping hot throughout before serving. 

From frozen: Allow to defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat following the instructions above. 

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Slow Cooker Beef Madras

Come home to the delicious smells of this Slow Cooker Beef Madras. We’ve made it medium hot and far more slimming friendly than a takeaway!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    4 HR 30
  • KCals 288
  • Carbs 15G

Ingredients

  • 600 g lean diced stewing steak or braising steak all visible fat removed
  • 2 medium onions peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic peeled and crushed
  • 3 cm piece of root ginger (1 inch) peeled and finely grated
  • 1 medium green chilli seeds left in and finely chopped (approx 8g)
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 beef stock cube made up with 500ml (2 cups) of boiling water
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white granulated sweetener
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • a few fresh coriander leaves stalks removed and roughly chopped to garnish (optional)

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Instructions

  1. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and green chilli and fry gently for 5 - 10 minutes, stirring, until softened and golden.
  3. Add the beef, chilli powder, turmeric, cumin, ground coriander, garam masala and cinnamon to the frying pan. Stir together and fry gently for 2 - 3 minutes to seal the beef on all sides.
  4. Transfer to the slow cooker and stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, beef stock, vinegar, salt and sweetener until well mixed. Cover with the lid and turn on to the high setting and cook for 4 - 5 hours. The curry will be ready when the beef is tender, and the sauce has reduced and thickened.
  5. Serve sprinkled with chopped coriander leaves if wished and serve with some basmati rice or other accompaniments of your choice.

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Recipe notes

Tip: This curry is medium hot in our opinion, but if you'd like it hotter, try adding another 1/2 - 1 tsp chilli powder to suit your taste.
Tip: You can use 1 tsp caster sugar instead of sweetener if preferred.

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NickiWednesday 17th August 2022

Can you do it in the pressure cooker?

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    SharonThursday 18th August 2022

    Hi Nicki, yes you can cook Beef Madras in the pressure cooker. You can find the method here: Instant Pot Beef Madras Enjoy the recipe!

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Jo McBrideThursday 9th June 2022

I chucked all my ingredients straight into slow cooker, but it tastes quite bitter, how can I make it sweeter please ?? Thanks

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    HollyFriday 10th June 2022

    Hi Jo, if you think this is a little bitteryou can add a little sweetener to taste, hope that helps!

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    SharonFriday 10th June 2022

    Hi Jo, it’s important to fry the onions, beef and spices first in steps 1 – 3, as this will create a good depth of flavour for the dish.Frying the onions first until they’re golden will add a sweetness. You could try adding a pinch or two of sweetener or sugar and see if that helps.Thanks for getting in touch.

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AlexFriday 25th March 2022

Can you also use red chillies along with the green chillies?

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    HollyMonday 28th March 2022

    Hey Alex, yes you could use red chillis instead of the green, hope that helps!

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SamTuesday 22nd March 2022

Hi, Can I leave this in the slow cooker for longer e.g 6-7 hours?

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    HollyTuesday 22nd March 2022

    Hey Sam, you can use the low setting on your slow cooker and cook for longer which would be more like 6-7 hours, hope that helps!

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AshleyThursday 3rd March 2022

How do you make a portion for 288 calories? Without any rice or veg each portion is around 400 calories, with over 300 of those being from the braising steak…

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    HollyThursday 3rd March 2022

    Hey Ashley, this recipe doesn’t include an accompaniment so the nutritional information shown is just for the Slow Cooker Beef Madras. We understand that it can be frustrating that apps and websites might not match up exactly to our calorie counts. However, the recipes have been double & triple checked for accuracy. There are a lot of reasons that the calories can differ; calories can be different after an ingredient is cooked in a particular way, or different brands of ingredients can vary the calorie count substantially, for example. Unfortunately the apps available to the general public do not account for this. We have a handy guide HERE which can help you understand how we work out our nutritional information. Hope that helps!

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CharlieTuesday 1st March 2022

Hiya, just wondering if this recipe would work with chicken? Thanks

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    SharonWednesday 2nd March 2022

    Hi Charlie, we haven’t tried this ourselves but it should work perfectly well. Enjoy the recipe!

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      StaceyMonday 5th September 2022

      Would you need to brown the chicken or could you put into the slow cooker as is, and shred the breasts at the end? Thinking of making this with chicken breasts and leaving on all day on low setting.

      HollyThursday 8th September 2022

      Hey Stacey, it’s always best to brown any meat before adding to the slow cooker, you could still shred the chicken breasts once the madras is cooked or leave whole. Hope that helps!

TraceySaturday 5th February 2022

Hi, can you use chilli flakes in this recipe. Thanks

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    HollyMonday 7th February 2022

    Hey Tracey, yes you can swap the chilli powder for chilli flakes if you prefer, hope that helps!

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