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Spicy Stir Fried Beef with Basil

Beef with Basil - Stir-fry with a Twist

This stir fry is so delicious and it's very flavoursome. I made it slightly differently this time as I wanted it a little spicy instead of subtle sweet flavour.

I had some massala leftover from chicken curry which I didn't want to waste it, so I used it as a base for this beef stir fry. The key to making the perfect starry is to keep the vegetable semi raw and crunchy. I have used lots of basil and some Garam Masala to give it more of a Indian kick. It was different but definitely tasty.

Although I have used masala form my chicken curry to make my beef stir fry the recipe below outlines how this can be made from scratch.


500g boneless beef, cut in small strips

Vegetables: 1 carrot, 100g green beens, half red bell pepper, half red onion and 100g broccoli

1 onion, finely diced

1 tsp garlic and ginger paste

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp tomato paste

1/2 garam masala powder

pinch of black pepper

2 tbsp ketchup

3 tbs soy sauce

1 spring of basil leaves

2 tbsp cooking oil


  1. First of all wash and slice the vegetables into long strips and keep to a side.

  2. Heat oil in a wok, add the diced onions, garlic, ginger and salt, and fry for 10 minutes until onions are soft and brown. add a little bit of water to soften the onions.

  3. Add the coriander, cumin, chilli powder, black pepper, tomato paste and garam masala. Add a little bit of water, mix well and cook for about 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in the beef, cover and cook for about 20 minutes until the beef is cooked.

  5. Take of the lid, if there is too much water, cook uncovered and let the water evaporate slightly.

  6. Add in the ketchup and soy sauce, and half of the basil leaves, mix well. Cook for couple of minutes and then take off the heat.

  7. Garnish with more basil leaves, sesame seeds, sliced chillies and more soy sauce.

The taste was out of this world. It wasn't just any old stir fry but spicy massala stir fry. Yummy!!

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