Beef and Beer Masala with Onion Bhaji Dumplings Beef and Beer Masala with Onion Bhaji Dumplings

Beef and Beer Masala with Onion Bhaji Dumplings

A great Indian dish to rival any take-away, with cubes of beef in a masala sauce made with lager and added vegetables like spinach and cauliflower finished with home-made onion bhaji dumplings to die for.

prep time
20 mins

cook time
2 hours

4 people


  • 450g/1lb lean braising or stewing cubes
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 30ml/2tbsp curry paste
  • 150g/5oz cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 75g/3oz spinach
  • 15ml/1tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 300ml/½pint beer
  • For the Dumplings

  • :5ml/1tsp oil
  • 2 onions,peeled and sliced
  • 175g/6oz self-raising flour
  • 75g/3oz low fat spread
  • 30-45ml/3-4 tbsp water


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F.
  2. Place the place the beef, onion, garlic, curry paste, cauliflower, spinach and tomato ketchup in a large casserole dish. Pour over the beer, mix well, cover and place into a preheated oven for approximately 2 hours, stirring halfway through.
  3. Meanwhile make the dumplings. Heat the oil in a pan and cook the onions for 10 minutes until softened and golden brown, allow to cool slightly. Place the flour in a bowl and rub in the low-fat spread. Add the onions and water and mix until a smooth dough is formed. Divide into 8 balls.
  4. During the last 20 minutes of cooking drop the dumplings into the casserole and cook uncovered for the remaining cooking time.