Beef Chilli Fry Recipe

Beef chilli fry

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Traditionally eaten with poi, a Goan bread, to mop up the masala, this beef chilli fry is cooked with cinnamon, pepper and ginger. The two-step cooking ensures that the spices add flavour to the beef



  • chuck steak 800g, sliced into very thin strips (see notes below)
  • vegetable oil 3 tbsp
  • mild green chillies 2, slit lengthwise
  • onions 2, thinly sliced
  • ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • jaggery or soft dark brown sugar 1 tbsp, (see notes below)
  • coriander leaves roughly chopped to make 3 tbsp
  • lime ½, juiced


  • black peppercorns 1 tsp
  • cloves 8
  • cinnamon stick 6cm piece
  • ginger finely chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • garlic finely chopped to make 2 tbsp
  • malt vinegar 4 tbsp
  • mild chilli powder 1 tsp


  • Step 1

    For the marinade, use a pestle and mortar or spice grinder to grind the black pepper, cloves and cinnamon to a fine powder. Put into a large mixing bowl along with the ginger, garlic, malt vinegar and chilli powder. Add the beef, mix really well and marinate for 2-3 hours or overnight.

  • Step 2

    Put the beef and any marinade liquid into a large pan and cook without any oil for 35-40 minutes, stirring often as the meat seals and the moisture evaporates. Turn the heat off while you char the onions.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oil in a large wok or frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the green chillies for a few seconds. Add the onions and cook for 14-15 minutes or until charred and soft. Add the turmeric and mix well. Add the beef and sugar, and season. Cook for 5 minutes until the beef is piping hot. Stir through the coriander and lime juice before serving.

Order chuck steak slices from the butcher.

Jaggery is an unrefined brown sugar with a deep caramel flavour most often sold in blocks. Buy it here from Amazon.

*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 339
  • Fat 15.7g
  • Saturates 3.4g
  • Carbs 11.1g
  • Sugars 8.3g
  • Fibre 2.3g
  • Protein 37.2g
  • Salt 0.4g