Smoky Bengal Beef Curry - Bangladeshi Beef Curry with an American Twist recipe

Smoky Bengal Beef Curry - Bangladeshi Beef Curry with an American Twist

by Shahir Nazib Rakib (@shahirnazib001)
Prep Time
Cook Time
Total Time
2hr 20min

A unique fusion dish that combines rich, aromatic Bangladeshi spices with familiar American BBQ flavors, creating a memorable culinary experience.


6 Servings
(1 serving = 1 bowl)

For the Marinade

  • 2lb
    beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1cup
    Greek yogurt
  • 2tbsp
    ginger-garlic paste
  • 1tbsp
    turmeric powder
  • 1tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 1tbsp
    ground coriander
  • 1tsp
    red chili powder
  • Salt to taste

For the Curry

  • 3tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 2piece
    large onions, finely chopped
  • 2piece
    medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 3piece
    green chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 1tsp
    garam masala
  • 1tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp
    ground cardamom
  • 1tsp
    ground cloves
  • 4cup
    beef broth
  • 1cup
    heavy cream
  • 1tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1cup
    baby carrots, halved
  • 1cup
    baby potatoes, halved
  • 1cup
    green peas
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

For the American Twist

  • 1cup
    smoked BBQ sauce
  • 1cup
    diced bell peppers (red, yellow, green)
  • 1/2cup
    shredded cheddar cheese

How to make Smoky Bengal Beef Curry - Bangladeshi Beef Curry with an American Twist

Marinate the Beef

  1. In a large bowl, mix the beef cubes with Greek yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, cumin, coriander, red chili powder, and salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

Cook the Curry Base

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until golden brown.

  2. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, and green chilies. Cook until the tomatoes soften and the oil starts to separate from the mixture.

  3. Add the garam masala, ground cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. Stir well to combine.

Cook the Beef

  1. Add the marinated beef to the pot and cook until the beef is browned on all sides.

  2. Pour in the beef broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 1.5 hours, or until the beef is tender.

Add the American Twist

  1. Stir in the BBQ sauce, baby carrots, baby potatoes, and bell peppers. Cook for another 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

  2. Add the heavy cream and brown sugar, stirring to combine. Let it simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

Finish and Serve

  1. Just before serving, sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the top and let it melt.

  2. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Tips & Tricks

  1. The addition of BBQ sauce introduces a smoky, sweet element that complements the traditional spices.

  2. The use of cheddar cheese provides a creamy, melty finish that adds a familiar American comfort food touch.


Recipe by

Shahir Nazib Rakib


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