Beef Korma

June 13, 2016
First and foremost... Ramadan Kareem to everyone who observes this holy month of Ramadan.

What is Beef Korma?

Beef Korma is a mild cousin to beef curry,  a distant relatives cousin twice removed ;P  to beef vindaloo,  and  may be an 'out-law' to Beef curry in sweet soy sauce.
Beef Korma has no red chillies or chilli powder added hence the colour is much less scarier than the bright red hot looking curries!!!

Korma means braised meat in Urdu (according to Mr Google ;p). cooked in spices such as coriander, cumin, yoghurt or cream. Korma can be traced back to one of many wonderful Mughlai dishes.

Traders from India brought along their merchandise such as spices as well as 'cuisine' to Peninsula Malaya during those early trading days, centuries ago. The locals, then, adopted Korma and cooked it to suit local tastebuds, furthermore yoghurt and cream were scarce (I believe). The next best  alternative, is to use coconut milk, to give that creamy taste to the dish...

Most Malaysians (in the north of Malaysia) has adapted to cooking Korma using coconut milk.
Beef korma is one of the dish that made its way to Malay weddings and served with savoury rice.

Beef Korma

Its Ramadan... :D
Cravings for spicy food, starts to kick in after few days of fasting. Everything else tasted bland...
I crave for spicy food to break fast followed by sweets (usually dessert we called kuih...) or chocolates

This is the month that I will do what other's would frown upon.. add chillies; in any form; chilli flakes, schiracha, Malaysian chilli dip  (a MUST HAVE item) and Sambal Tumis/ Malaysian chilli paste to almost everything I consume ;P...

Yes this beef korma is mild...but did you see that big green chilli calling out my name??? ;P

Aromatic Beef Korma

Beef Korma in this particular post, was cooked using the yoghurt. If you wish... you can substitute yoghurt with coconut milk, just skipped the first step. Add coconut milk after step 13. The suggested amount would be 1 cup coconut milk or 1/2 coconut cream (depending on how much gravy you desire without compromising the overall taste).

Beef Korma


    1 kg gravy beef -cut into 1 inch cube
    1 cup greek yoghurt
    1 onion -sliced and shallow fry till brown and caramelised
    500g potatoes
    2 tablespoon coriander seeds - dry roast
    2 teaspoon cumin seeds- dry roast
    1 cinnamon stick
    4 cardamom pods -split, remove seeds to grind
    1 onion (150g approx)
    4 tablespoon descicated coconut
    1/2 tablespoon white poppy seeds (cuscus)
    20 g garlic cloves
    5 cm ginger (grated)
    5 cloves
    50 g cashew nuts
    4 green chillies
    4 tablespoon oil

  1. Overnight prep : add yoghurt and beef in a bowl. Mix well and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Take out the meat from refrigerator at least 2 hours before cooking time.
  3. Dry roast cumin seeds and coriander seeds (separately) in a fry pan until fragrant. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, grind into powder (grind separately). Add cardamom seeds. Alternate : use pestle and mortar.
  4. Blend chopped onion, ground spices (step 2 above), coconut, poppy seeds, chillies, garlic, ginger, cashew nuts, cloves and ground cinnamon with 150 ml water.
  5. Blend into smooth paste.
  6. Heat up wok (easier for me to handle wok ;p )
  7. Add about 4 tablespoon canola oil and fry the sliced onion until brown and caramelised slightly.
  8. Add the blended mixture (steps 3 above) into the wok
  9. Cook over 5 minutes or until sauces thicken slightly.
  10. Add beef marinated in yoghurt and its juices.
  11. Bring to boil then lower heat to a simmer
  12. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  13. Add potatoes and continue to cook for another 20 minutes until meat and potatoes are tender.
  14. Season with salt.
  15. Garnish with chopped coriander
  16. Serve with hot steaming basmati rice and papadoms.


  1. I make Korma all the time but vegetarian version! But need to try with lamb using your version..

    1. Yums ... I should try vegetarian version using cauliflower :D

  2. I have never heard of this dish but I'm excited to try it! I too get intimidated by all those res spices on food and stray away because they typically scream heartburn...but this one looks mild and very comforting! Can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Amanda, this is super mild curry. You’ll love it :D

  3. What a beautiful dish...I love the fun ingredients and I hope to try this one out on my family soon :-)

  4. There is nothing better than a bowl of warm spicy beef curry. Honestly, nothing.

  5. I love korma and this looks absolutely delicious!

  6. I love your beef curry! Craving for this dish right now.

    I'll try this one at home today. Wish me luck! haha

  7. This sounds just delicious. What a great dish for the cold winter. Well, actually it's warm where I am, but I can pretend. Korma is one of those dishes I love to order. I'll have to give this a shot!


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