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Creamy Beef Stew

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Cook Time:

2 hours


2 Servings



About the Recipe

Experience the rich, comforting flavors of Creamy Beef Stew, a dish that combines tender beef, soft potatoes, and aromatic spices in a creamy sauce. Served alongside fluffy rice, this stew is a hearty meal that's perfect for cozy evenings. The addition of chutney, star anise, and curry powder introduces a depth of flavor that's both unique and satisfying, while a garnish of fresh coriander adds a burst of color and freshness. Whether you're gathering the family for a hearty dinner or seeking comfort food on a chilly day, this creamy beef stew promises warmth and satisfaction in every spoonful.


For the Creamy Beef Stew:
  • 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into cubes

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 star anise

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 2 tablespoons chutney (your choice of flavor)

  • 4 cups beef broth

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Serving:
  • Cooked rice

  • Fresh coriander, chopped (for garnish)


Step 1: Brown the Beef

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the beef cubes and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the beef from the pot and set aside.

Step 2: Sauté the Vegetables

In the same pot, add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Add the curry powder and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.

Step 3: Simmer the Stew

Return the beef to the pot. Add the potatoes, bay leaf, star anise, and chutney. Pour in the beef broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1.5 hours, or until the beef is tender.

Step 4: Add Cream

After the beef is tender, stir in the heavy cream and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaf and star anise before serving.

Step 5: Prepare the Rice

While the stew is simmering, cook the rice according to package instructions.

Step 6: Serve

Ladle the creamy beef stew over a bed of fluffy rice. Garnish with chopped fresh coriander.

Chef's Notes:

  • Beef Selection: Chuck beef is ideal for stews as it becomes very tender when cooked slowly. However, you can use other cuts of beef suitable for stewing.

  • Chutney Choice: You can use any flavor of chutney you prefer. Mango chutney is a popular choice that adds a sweet and tangy flavor to the stew.

  • Star Anise: This spice adds a distinct licorice flavor to the stew. If you're not a fan, it can be omitted.

  • Serving Suggestion: This stew pairs beautifully with a side of crusty bread or a simple green salad in addition to rice.

  • Storage: Leftover stew can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheated gently on the stove.


This Creamy Beef Stew served with rice is a delightful blend of flavors and textures, making it a perfect meal for those who love hearty, comforting dishes. The combination of spices and creamy sauce ensures that each bite is packed with flavor, offering a satisfying and warming dining experience. Enjoy crafting this dish and sharing it with loved ones on any occasion.

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