Bangladeshi Beef Curry


This recipe is very common and popular in Bangladeshi home kitchens. This cooking requires less spices in a balanced way. It can be served with rice, roti, naan, or paratha.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 servings


  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • ½ cup chopped onions

  • ½ tablespoon garlic paste

  • ½ tablespoon ginger paste

  • 3 whole cloves, or more to taste

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 tablespoon water, plus more as needed

  • 2 pounds cubed beef stew meat

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ½ teaspoon roasted ground cumin


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook until beginning to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic paste and ginger paste; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Mix in cloves, bay leaves, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and 1 tablespoon water. Stir and cook until spices have started to release their oils, 2 to 3 minutes. Add beef and stir to combine. Cook until beef begins to brown, about 5 minutes.

  2. Pour in 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook until water has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Stir in turmeric. Cook until beef starts to release oil, about 5 minutes more. Add 1 tablespoon more of water if needed to maintain moisture in beef and curry consistency.

  3. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally until mixture has thickened, another 10 minutes. Add cinnamon and cardamom; cook for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and add roasted cumin.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
29g Fat
3g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 280mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.