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Slow cooker beef vindaloo

Nicole Avery
Nicole Avery

The great thing about making your own beef vindaloo is that you can adjust the spiciness to suit your family. With this recipe you can omit the dried chillies and de-seed the fresh chillies for a milder curry. Also as it is cooked in the slow cooker you have great flexibility with the meat you use and can get away with cheaper cuts, making it good for the budget.

Slow cooker beef vindaloo
Slow cooker beef vindaloo Photo: Nicole Avery


1 tsp whole black peppercorns

2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp coriander seeds

2 dried red chillies (omit if prefer milder curry)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

6 garlic cloves

5 cm piece of ginger, finely chopped

3 cm piece of turmeric, finely chopped

1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 kg diced blade

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 fresh red chillies, stemmed, seeded (or keep the seeds if you like it spicy!), and finely chopped

400 grams tinned tomatoes 



Heat a large frying pan on a medium heat and add peppercorns, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and roughly chopped dried chillies Toast them for a minute or two or until you have a fragrant smell of spices.

Add the toasted spices to a coffee grinder and grind until they are like a fine powder. Transfer to a mortar and pestle, add crushed garlic cloves, ginger, turmeric and use the pestle to combine.

Next add the melted coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon to the mortar and use the pestle again until you have combined ingredients to make a paste.

Add coconut oil to the frying and heat on a medium high. Add in the onion, fry for a couple of minutes, then add in the chilli and fry for another minute. Add in the beef and brown the meat. Once browned add in the paste and cook for a couple of minutes, then transfer to the slow cooker.

Add in the tinned tomatoes and cook on high for 3- 4 hours or 6-8 hours on low.

Nicole Avery is a Melbourne mum to five beautiful kids aged four to 15. She is the master organiser behind the popular parenting blog Planning With Kids and the author of a book by the same name, where she shares tips and tricks for organising the chaos of family life.


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