RECIPE: Beef & Pumpkin Curry

This quick and easy beef curry recipe is cooked in the wok, all up, it takes only 20 minutes to make. Yes, it’s more like a beef curry stir-fry than a beef stew, but you’ll be amazed at how good it tastes! 

Serves 4


  • 500 g beef rump, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1-2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • ½ cup beef stock
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 400 g butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup small fresh basil leaves
  • 1-2 tbsp Thai fried shallots (optional)

1. Add half the oil to the beef and mix well. Heat the wok, ensure it is hot. Stir-fry the beef in three batches, and set it aside. Reheat wok between each batch.

2. Reheat the wok, add remaining oil, add the curry paste, stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the cream, stock, sugar and pumpkin. Stir to combine. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.

3. Return the beef to the wok and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil. Sprinkle with basil leaves and fried shallots to serve. Accompany with rice.

Best beef cuts for this recipe are rump, rib eye/scotch fillet/tenderloin, sirloin/porterhouse/New York, boneless blade, round, oyster blade or topside steaks.

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Cristy Houghton