Beef Curry in a Hurry

A fun, delicious curry in a hurry is made in 4 easy steps. An unusual grouping of flavors that really 'dance and sing'. This main dish is very adaptable using any assortment of chopped fresh veggies. Inventive, yet simple. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup basmati rice

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 cup chopped carrots

  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower

  • 1 (16 ounce) can English peas, drained and rinsed

  • 2 tablespoons water, or as needed


  1. Bring 2 cups water and rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. While rice is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef and onion in the hot skillet until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Simmer until liquid is almost absorbed, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Whisk vinegar and sugar together in a medium bowl. Add carrots, bell pepper, and cauliflower and toss until vegetables are coated with vinegar mixture.

  4. Puree peas with 2 tablespoons water in the bowl of a food processor until thick and smooth.

  5. Layer plates with rice, peas, beef, and vegetables.


Cook's Notes:

For the fastest preparation, the rice, peas, and meat can be cooked and frozen ahead of time.

On meal day, purchase chopped fresh veggies in produce aisle or from salad bar. You can use 3 cups of any chopped vegetables such as grape tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, or radishes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

599 Calories
19g Fat
79g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 599
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 724mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 62mg 308%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 939mg 20%

* 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.

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