If you’re looking for some easy and authentic Pakistani and Indian-style beef curry recipes, you’ll love this collection of 10 tried-and-tested recipes.

10 Easy & Authentic Beef Curry Recipes - Pakistani and Indian

Popular Beef Curry Recipes

Pakistan is known for its meaty curries, and beef can be found in so many of them. Keema, kofte, and nihari are all synonymous with Pakistani cuisine. Not only is beef a popular ingredient in kebabs, it makes its way into curries in just about every form.

Types of Beef Curry

Beef is used in countless curry recipes. Here are the most common types:

  • Ground beef curries (any and all Keema curries)
  • Boneless beef stews and curries (such as my Beef Curry or my friend Sarah’s Bhunna Gosht)
  • Bone-in beef stews (such as Nalli Nihari)
  • Shredded beef stews melded with grains and lentils (such as Haleem or Hareesa)
  • Lastly, beef is also used in coconut curries such as my friend Neena’s IP Beef Curry.

Here’s a list of my top 10 Beef Curry recipes:

If you want more, you can also browse my full collection of beef dinner recipes.

Are these Beef Curries easy to make?

Short answer – YES. If you have a few common ingredients like onions, tomatoes, ginger, and garlic along with a handful of spices, you have everything you need to make most keema recipes.

The beef curry stew recipes typically require more ingredients, but they’re still easy-to-make (one of them is dump-and-go!).

All of these recipes are written with thorough, easy-to-follow instructions. You don’t need to be familiar with South Asian cuisine to prepare them.

My 10 Best Beef Curry Recipes

Ground Beef Curry (Keema) Recipes

Keema is essentially curried ground beef – the best form of ground beef in my opinion!

Easy Instant Pot Keema

5 (13 ratings)
This Instant Pot Keema (Ground Beef Curry) is quick and easy to prepare and full of traditional flavor. It requires simple ingredients and has no whole spices to bite into, which makes it incredibly versatile and perfect for as a filling for samosas, puff pastry, and more. This recipe also includes instructions on how to adapt it to the stovetop.
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Keema Matar

Keema Matar (Ground Beef and Peas Curry)

5 (31 ratings)
This Pakistani and Indian-style Keema Matar (Ground Beef and Peas Curry) is an easy, one-pot keema recipe that’s deeply flavorful with no whole spices used. This recipe also includes tips on how to make Keema curry with ground chicken.
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Instant Pot Keema Lobia (Ground Beef and Black Eyed Peas Curry)

5 (3 ratings)
This spicy and delectable Instant Pot Keema Lobia curry comes together quickly and easily and has a unique, homestyle Punjabi taste.
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Aloo Keema (Ground Beef and potato curry) in a bowl with basmati rice and naan.

Aloo Keema (Ground Beef and Potato Curry)

5 (46 ratings)
Here's a recipe for an authentic, homestyle, Pakistani & North Indian style Aloo Keema (Keema Curry with potatoes). This is a traditional, one-pot recipe that's simple, easy-to make, and gives the most flavorful results!
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Beef Curry Stew Recipes

Comforting curried stews like Nihari and Haleem are popular in Pakistani cuisine. Serve them with naan and plenty of garnishing on a chilly night.

Pakistani Beef Curry (Stew) in a bowl on top of a plate with naan

Easy Instant Pot Pakistani Beef Curry

5 (28 ratings)
This Instant Pot Pakistani Beef Curry, or stew, is an easy recipe in which boneless beef stew meat is cooked alongside yogurt and whole spices. Also called Istu, or Ishto, this is a deeply flavorful yet healthy, dump-and-go Instant Pot beef recipe.
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Easy Instant Pot Nihari

Easy Instant Pot Nihari (Pakistani Beef Stew)

5 (31 ratings)
This Instant Pot Nihari recipe takes 30 minutes of prep time but does not compromise on the authentic taste of this traditional Pakistani Beef Stew! Layers of flavor in every bite!
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Instant Pot Pakistani-style Haleem made with beef and grains in a white bowl with wooden spoon and garnishing

Easy Pakistani Haleem Recipe (Instant Pot)

4.97 (28 ratings)
This Pakistani-style Haleem recipe is authentic, full of classic flavor, and the perfect consistency…Yet easy to achieve in the Instant Pot.
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Nihari in a white bowl garnished with condiments

Easy Nihari (Pakistani Beef Stew)

5 (44 ratings)
Here's an Easy Nihari (Pakistani Beef Stew) recipe that requires 1 pot and less than 30 minutes of initial prep time. This recipe gives stovetop & slow cooker instructions and promises tender beef shank (or stew) meat. Recipe includes step-by-step and video!
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An Indo-Chinese & Kofta (Meatball) Curry

2 additional recipes: Indo-Chinese style mongolian beef with a little extra sauce and spice, and Beef Kofta (Meatball) Curry made with ground beef.

Saucy Mongolian Beef – Gluten-Free

5 (5 ratings)
This tested-and-perfected gluten-free Mongolian Beef recipe has a little extra sauce (and flavor)!
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Pakistani Beef Kofta Curry-2

Pakistani Beef Kofta Curry (Meatball Curry)

4.94 (90 ratings)
Beef Kofta Curry, or simply kofte, is a traditional Pakistani curry made of tender meatballs simmered in a spicy, flavorful sauce. This recipe has all the authentic flavor of old-fashioned kofte but it’s made in an easier, more approachable way.
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If you try any of these recipes, I’d love to hear from you. Head to the post and leave a comment to let me know! If you’re on Instagram, please tag me so I can see your creations. Thank you!!

Pakistani Beef Curry (Stew) in a bowl on top of a plate with naan
5 (1 rating)

10 Easy & Authentic Beef Curry Recipes: Pakistani Beef Stew

This Instant Pot Pakistani Beef Curry, or stew, is a dump-and-go beef recipe in which boneless beef stew meat is cooked alongside yogurt and whole spices. Plus, check out 9 other beef curry recipes including beef stews and keema curry.

Ingredients 

Marinade:

  • 1 lb beef stew meat, cut into 1 to 2 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp vinegar

To Pressure Cook:

  • 1 large or 2 small onions (~220 g), chopped or sliced
  • ¼ cup neutral oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, (leave whole)
  • 8-10 dried button red chili peppers, if using regular dried chilies, use less
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1- inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole green cardamom pods
  • 1-2 whole black cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 – 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt*

After Pressure Cooking:

  • 2 tbsp ~15-16 whole raw almonds
  • 1- inch ginger, crushed
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, for garnish

Equipment

Instructions 

  • To marinate: In a medium bowl, combine the beef and vinegar and add enough water to cover the meat. Set aside and allow the beef to tenderize.
  • Meanwhile, add all ingredients listed under ‘To Pressure Cook’ to the Instant Pot. Drain the beef, then rinse and add to the Instant Pot. Stir to mix. (No need to add water to the Instant Pot.)
  • Close and seal the lid, then select the Meat/Stew Pressure Cook setting, with a timer set for 45 minutes on High Pressure. When the timer is up, allow pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the almonds: Place the almonds in a small microwave-safe bowl and add enough water to submerge. Microwave the almonds for 1 minute, then drain the water and rinse in cold water. Peel the skin off the almond and discard.
  • Remove lid and Select High Sauté setting. Sauté until most of the moisture has dried up and the curry starts to thicken (~15 minutes). Gradually increase stirring as time goes on to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
  • Add the crushed ginger and peeled almonds and sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the oil starts to separate from the curry. Taste and adjust salt. Cancel Sauté setting. Garnish with cilantro and serve with naan, roti, or other bread. Discard whole spices as you eat.

Notes

*Note: The less yogurt you use, the less you’ll have to sauté out the moisture in the end. However, it’ll also result in less ‘masala’ and be more of a stir-fried or sautéed (‘bhunna gosht’) beef curry.
Calories: 442kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 84mg, Sodium: 852mg, Potassium: 968mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 963IU, Vitamin C: 134mg, Calcium: 207mg, Iron: 4mg