Beef Curry – Granny’s Way

Beef Curry Granny Style
  • Servings: 12
  • Time: Prep: Less than 20 mins Cooking: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: easy
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Slow cook Beef curry, with apple and raisins

Sunday and a blue sky chilly day, a chance to walk with the sun in our faces.  We made it over the top of Blackford Hill and along the Hermitage to the Lodge for a cheeky scone.  At the back of my mind the desire to try Granny’s curry which would definitely fit the bill of a warming wintry slow cook allowing us to get on with watching a Boys film from the recorded Christmas TV.  

Credit: Granny’s Recipe File

Prep:  Large casserole dish hob and oven friendly

Oven: 180°c or 350°f


      • 650g Stewing Beef diced
      • Rapeseed/Olive Oil
      • 2 large onions diced
      • 1 cooking apple, peeled and chopped
      • 1 tbsp curry powder
      • 25g plain flour
      • 1 (400g) tin of chopped tomatoes
      • 500ml Water
      • 1 tbsp chutney
      • 50g sultanas or raisins
      • Juice of a lemon


    • Heat a glug of olive oil in the casserole dish on a high heat
    • Sear 1/2 or 1/3 of the beef until brown on each side
    • Remove with a slotted spoon, and place in bowl to add back in later
    • Add another glug of oil if needed and repeat until all the beef is seared
    • Once all the beef is seared, add another glug and soften the onion and apple
    • Add the curry powder, stir through and cook for a minute or so
    • Add the flour and again stir through and cook for a minute or so
    • Add in the tomatoes and stir through
    • Add the dried fruit, the beef with it’s juices, the lemon juice and the water, stirring through
    • Then place in the centre of the oven for 2 hours

Post-Recipe Notes: Granny loved to add raisins to everything.  This a glossy, sweet and sour curry the apple disappears and there is a hidden back note to the dish.  Curry powder feels cheatsy, quick and easy to rustle this up before banging in the oven. 

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