Spicy Beef Curry (Authentic Bangladeshi Recipe)

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I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with dishes from southeast Asia. Japanese miso soup is now regularly on the menu and we’ve added Indian coconut chicken curry too. Like the others, this Bangladeshi spicy beef curry has delicious flavor from a whole combination of spices for something completely out of the ordinary.

If you’ve never had curry, you’re in for a treat!

Spicy Beef Curry From Bangladesh

Like many southeast Asian dishes, curries are popular in Bangladesh. Curry is simply a dish of meat and/or vegetables cooked in a sauce with a variety of spices. Some curries are spicy and some are sweeter, but they’re usually delicious!

Kids be warned: the sauce for this beef curry is a little bit spicy. I use green chiles as well as cayenne pepper for the heat. Green chiles, sometimes called Anaheim chiles, have a nice heat and are considerably less spicy than jalapeños. Of course, if spicy isn’t your thing, feel free to adjust the type of pepper and quantity of cayenne pepper to fit your spiciness preferences.

This dish also uses ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garlic. That’s a lot of spices! They really give the dish a wonderful depth of flavor though. Try a local food co-op to find bulk spices at a great price.

How to Serve Curry

I like to serve this curry over white rice or cauliflower rice. I use a box grater or food processor to chop the cauliflower and then either saute or steam it to cook.

Curry is also a wonderful place to hide extra veggies. Try sweet potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, or eggplant. This recipe for a vegetable curry has some great ideas. (Tip: I suggest adding them after the beef is cooked, especially if you’re using the Instant Pot method. The beef cooks for such a long time that the vegetables will get mushy if you add them at the beginning… Just stir them in and heat until they’re cooked.)

Spicy Beef Curry Recipe

Tender and flavorful beef simmered in a sauce of garlic, peppers, and spices.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Calories 387kcal
Author Katie Wells


6 people



  • Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil.
  • Add the chopped onion and cook until it is translucent and starting to brown, about 7 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is fully caramelized and dark brown.
  • Add the minced garlic, sliced chilis, minced ginger, cardamom seeds, cloves and cinnamon.
  • Cook an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in the cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic powder, cayenne, and water.
  • Add the beef pieces and stir until evenly coated.
  • Simmer over low heat, stirring every few minutes, until the beef is tender (about an hour).
  • Serve over rice or cauliflower rice and enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
Spicy Beef Curry Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 278mg12%
Potassium 585mg17%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 8.2mg10%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


To cook in the Instant Pot use the saute function and follow the directions as written through step 7. Put the lid on and cook at high pressure for 45 minutes followed by a 10 minute natural pressure release.

Do you like ethnic foods? What’s your favorite type of cuisine? Let me know below!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


3 responses to “Spicy Beef Curry (Authentic Bangladeshi Recipe)”

  1. Karen Avatar

    3 stars
    I was always told (by chefs, nutritionists, etc.) not to heat olive oil. Why is it used in this recipe instead of avocado oil, coconut oil, etc.???? Using another good oil would certainly make more sense!

  2. Jennifer Avatar

    My new food obsession is ghourmeh sabsi (Persian cuisine) I’m not a huge fan of Currys since I really don’t like cumin and coriander and not a huge fan of the other spices as well. You should definitely try mashing this sometime

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