Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (2024)

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This delicious recipe forCauliflowerGround Beef Curry makes an easy and delicious comfort food meal. Saucy, hearty, with a unique mix of aromatic spices (that aren't hot), this is a beloved dinner recipe for the entire family.

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First of all, I am soo sorry guys, to everyone who tried to access my blog yesterday! There was a major outage with my hosting company, causing all of our (mine and Konrad's and many other customer's) sites to be down for over 12 hours.

Super frustrating for everyone involved, but all seems to be fixed now. Alright, let's have food then. After all, it's the best cure for everything, right?

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Filled with Vegetables, Adjust Spice to Your Preference

Especially when it is hearty comfort food like this CauliflowerGround Beef Curryover steaming white rice. There also are potatoes, carrots,and saucy tomatoes in here, all rounded up with an aromatic curry spice mixture.

The recipe as written out below does not make a spicy-hot curry. As is, it is a great starting point for all preference levels of spicy-ness. If you like a curry that makes you sweat, then simply increase the amount of red chili flakes and/or add cayenne pepper to the mix.

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This delicious curry is so chock-full of veggies and bursting with flavor that I can't help but feel good about eating it. And all the yummy-ness puts me in such a good mood that all *cough* hosting *cough* frustrations (and others) just fade away. At any rate, enjoy the recipe!

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Cauliflower Curry with Ground Beef

4.88 from 24 votes

This delicious recipe for Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry makes an easy and delicious comfort food meal. Saucy, hearty, with a unique mix of aromatic spices (that aren't hot), this is a beloved dinner recipe for the entire family.

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 35 minutes mins

Total Time 45 minutes mins

Course Dinner

Cuisine Pakistani

Servings 6 servings

Calories 273 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • ½ tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 medium carrot thinly sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes or 10 mini potatoes, diced
  • ½ head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

  • In a large skillet heat the oil on medium-high heat and add chopped onions. While stirring cook onions until soft, then add chopped garlic until both are lightly browned.

  • Add ground beef and all spices. Stir often and cook the meat well until nicely browned.

  • Stir in carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer covered for about 25 minutes until the potatoes are soft.

  • Taste and add more salt, pepper or chili if desired. Spices as listed make for a non-spicy curry. Add some cayenne pepper and/or more chili if you would like to spice this up.

Instant Pot Method:

  • Press the ‘Sauté’ button on your pressure cooker. Once it has preheated enough the display will indicate “HOT”.

  • Add the oil and onion. Sauté until the onion starts to turn translucent. Add garlic and sauté another minute.

  • Now add the ground beef and start breaking it up into small pieces. Add all seasonings (salt, pepper, curry powder, coriander, cumin, turmeric, chili flakes, and cinnamon). Stir everything together and continue browning the beef (about 5 minutes).

  • Once the beef is browned press “cancel” to stop the sauté function. Add the water and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

  • Stir in sliced carrot, potato dices, and cauliflower florets.

  • Pour the crushed tomatoes over top but DO NOT STIR. (Tomato touching the bottom of the Instant Pot often produces the dreaded BURN notice.)

  • Close the lid and turn pressure valve to sealing position. Cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes.

  • The pot will take about 15 minutes to pressurize before the timer starts counting down. Once cooking time is up turn the pressure valve to venting to quick release the pressure.

  • Add fresh chopped parley or cilantro to your liking. Serve this ground beef curry over steamed rice or quinoa.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Cauliflower Curry with Ground Beef

Amount per Serving

Calories

273

% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Keyword Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry

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Random Questions

How to make meat tender in curry?

To ensure your meat is tender in curry, it's essential to choose the right cuts of meat and cook them properly. For tougher cuts, consider marinating them in yogurt or a mixture of tenderizing spices. Slow cooking over low heat or using a pressure cooker can also help break down the connective tissues and make the meat more tender.

What meat can you put in curry?

You can use a variety of meats in curry, depending on your preference. Popular choices include beef, chicken, lamb, and even seafood like shrimp or fish. Each type of meat can bring a distinct flavor profile to the curry, making it a versatile dish for various dietary preferences.

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  1. Dottie

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (6)
    Delicious! Like others, I needed more water. First time I nuked cauliflower for a few minutes before adding in and didn’t need as much water; however, when cooking from raw, needed more. Making this for the third time and added garam masala for kicks. Really delicious recipe. Thanks!

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    • Jennifer @ Leelalicious

      Thanks for your wonderful review, Dottie!

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    • Jennifer @ Leelalicious

      Thanks for your review, Cathleen, and letting us know your changes.

      Reply

  2. PJ

    Hi, This is definitely something I would love to cook but...Is this gluten free and could I use frozen cauliflower?

    Reply

    • Jennifer @ Leelalicious

      Hi PJ! Yes, it is gluten free and you could definitely use frozen cauliflower if you prefer. Let us know how it works out for you. 🙂

      Reply

  3. L

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (8)
    This is a great idea! Definitely trying tonight.

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    • Jennifer @ Leelalicious

      Wonderful! Let us know how it works out for you.

      Reply

  4. Meredith Singer

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (9)
    very very delicious hearty satisfying

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    • Jennifer @ Leelalicious

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Meredith!

      Reply

  5. Chris

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (10)
    I make this often for my family and my kids really enjoy it, fantastic recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Beth

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (11)
    We really enjoyed this! I have had a recipe for Tarkari for years, but never used it. Your recipe sounds very similar. Thanks for opening our taste buds to a new curry dish!!

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  7. San

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (12)
    This was very simple and delicious. I omitted the potatoes and ate the curry with salad leaves, to save carbs (I have diabetes). It was amazing.

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  8. Cynthia

    We make a similar dish with just cauliflower and ground beef, but I wanted to try your recipe for the greater variety of spices and vegetables. Just a tip from my own experience here: half a cup of water is nowhere near enough if you want to cover the vegetables well enough that they cook while simmering. I would recommend you use a cup and a quarter, especially for the cauliflower and tomatoes. Though I did make one change from your recipe since I didn't feel like uing potatoes; I instead used celery, and didn't add red chili flakes since my family doesn't like things too spicy. The recipe turned out quite great!

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  9. Bernard

    I am not crazy about cauliflower.What can I use instead?
    Also since I am only one person can this dish be frozen.
    Thank you.

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    • Cynthia

      I'm not the OP but you should be able to use any vegetables you like in a stew in my opinion. My tip though: give it a try with the cauliflower first. It tends to lose some of the taste you might dislike when cooked, and unlike brussel sprouts, doesn't smell nasty.

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  10. Desiree

    Making this now. I hope using curry paste instead of the spices works because my family is sick(back to school colds) and I’m tired lol. So far my taste tests say it’s gonna work but I might have to cool it off a bit with some yogurt. I really should have tried the spices individually but I need to use up my paste.

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    • Desiree

      I wish it showed the carb count for my diabetic hubby but he’s pretty pro at figuring it out.

      Reply

  11. Karen Fuhrman

    I love this recipe and have made it many times. I add peas. I have to cook for a vegetarian. Do you think I could substitute chick peas for the ground beef? Thank you.
    Karen

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    • Regina

      Yes I think you could replace the ground beef for chickpeas. If using canned chickpeas make sure to add them later in the cooking process so that they don't turn completely mushy

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  12. Milena

    Absolutely, amazingly flavorful. Added cayenne pepper for the hotness, replaced beef for turkey coz I’m off red meat and PRO TIP if you’re gonna go spicy add some non fat Greek yogurt when serving to cool if off and give it that added creamy texture...you won’t regret it! Next time I will add peas as well for more veggies. I also didn’t use any rice, potatoes have enough of a starch for me

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  13. Chris

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (13)
    Truly wonderful! I have used both ground beef and boneless skinless chicken thighs as the meat. They are both fabulous. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Erika

    Just discovered this recipe in my hunt for new things to do with cauliflower. It is fantastic! Perfect balance of flavors!

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  15. Ben

    The picture shows it on a bed of rice, yet there's nothing about rice in your recipe. Is the rice a substitute for the potatoes or cauliflower? I'll be fine, but it's a little misleading.

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    • Regina

      Hi Ben, we always eat curry alongside steamed rice. Feel free to enjoy it either way you like, maybe with naan bread?

      Reply

  16. Ken Papai

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (14)
    Yesterday I cooked something on my own at random, with these main ingredients:
    "curry/cumin onion, garlic, potatoes, ground beef, cauliflower, & tomato (a bit of chix broth)." It came out TASTY!

    I then googled today to see any similar recipe and your site came up first!
    I will adapt my approach to yours. Cheers! Awesome.

    -Ken

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    • Regina

      That's awesome! It's one of my family's favorite recipes. I just made it again the other day using squash and black beans. Always a winner.

      Reply

  17. Danika

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (15)
    This was really excellent! I think the key to what makes it good is the blend of spices you're using. Perfectly balanced. I only made 2 tweaks: I used sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes, and I roasted the cauliflower for about 30 minutes. I would definitely make this again. Great use of ground beef in a way that isn't boring. Thanks!

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    • Regina

      Thank you so much Dankia! My family really LOVES this curry and I am so happy to hear you did too. I can only imagine how awesome sweet potato and roasted cauliflower would be in this recipe.

      Reply

  18. Lili

    This was so amazing. Thank you for this recipe!!! I didn't have cauliflower so I left that out and only had red skin potatoes. It turned out amazing!! I used 3 minced garlic, doubled the red pepper flakes and added cayenne as per your recommendation to make it spicier for my husband. This will def be part of out weekly meals.

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    • Regina

      Thanks so much for your comment Lili! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe and will be making it again 🙂

      Reply

  19. Justin

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (16)
    Just wanted to drop by and say that I make this recipe once a week now and it's the best recipe discovery I've made in a really long time. Thanks for sharing! Anyone criticizing the recipe clearly just doesn't know their way around the kitchen 😉

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    • Regina

      Awww...thank you so much for this awesome comment, Justin! I can only agree that this recipe a definite keeper. We can't get enough of it either 😉

      Reply

  20. William

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (17)
    This recipe was wonderful! I added some Sambal Olek (one of the other things the Sriracha company sells) to make it a little hotter, but overall this was great! Thank you so much for taking the time to put great things like this online.

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    • Regina

      I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe William. I remember my mom always adding Sambal Olek to her meal when we were growing up and didn't like spicy food but she did 😉 now I feel like I need to rediscover it for myself 🙂

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  21. Sara

    I've made this recipe twice now and my family loves it! Thanks!

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    • Regina

      I am so so happy to hear your family loves our family favorite 🙂

      Reply

  22. Cari

    Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry Recipe - Leelalicious (18)
    I made this again tonight and it was just as amazing as I remembered it!! I used the defrosted cauliflower (from frozen) and I did add some Garam Marsala in with the curry powder. Yummiful!!

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    • Regina

      Thank you for commenting again, Cari and leaving a rating 🙂 Thank you, thank you!
      So good to hear that it also turns out from frozen cauliflower. And I'll have to try it with Garam Marsala. I've heard of it many times but somehow not discovered it for myself yet.

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  23. Lindsey

    I can't explain how glad I am to have found this recipe. My 4 y/o son has nearly a dozen food sensitivities & it is a nightmare finding suitable meals that the whole family will actually enjoy AND that don't take forever. This dish was simpler & quicker to make than I expected, & I nearly did a dance when both kids, 2 & 4, not only enjoyed it .. but asked for seconds! My 4 y/o said, "this is delicious" and then, "this is so yummy." My husband and I felt the same, so needless to say, this will be a staple in our home. Thank you thank you thank you!

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    • Regina

      Wow!! Your comment absolutely makes my day Lindsey! I am so, so happy to hear your whole family is enjoying this curry. Thank you for taking the time to let me know 😀

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  24. Cari

    Wow, just wow!! This dish had so much flavor and not a lot of heat, it was perfect!! The fusion of spices was amazing!! This will be a regular in my dinner rotation for sure!! Great recipe!!

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    • Regina

      Thank you so so much Cari! It always makes my day when our family favorites are a hit with others as well 😀

      Reply

  25. zahzel rose

    Making this right now - it has been simmering for over 35 minutes and potatoes are still not soft....
    I added water, etc.
    Let you know how it turn out tho .Thank You!

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    • Regina

      Uh oh. Were your potato dices on the bigger side? Next time I'd recommend adding hot broth (any kind) in order not to dilute the flavor/spices too much.

      Reply

  26. Yvonne

    I tried this recipe tonight and didn't enjoy it... It turned out dry and tasteless...

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    • Regina

      I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this curry Yvonne. I am very surprised it turned out dry for you. Did you add the water to the sauce before simmering? Also surprised it was tasteless. There is quite the spice mixture in this recipe. I am wondering if you maybe had a very large head of cauliflower that would absorb all the liquid and dilute the spice flavor?

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  27. Lynn @ Oh-So Yummy

    I loved this recipe. Flavor and ingredients are excellent. I subbed a 16 oz bag of frozen cauliflower (defrosted) to save time.

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    • Regina

      Thanks for this great review Lynn and for letting us know that frozen cauliflower works too. I totally agree that cutting cauliflower into rosettes can be quite time consuming 🙂

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  28. Steph

    Just wanted to drop a quick note to say my husband and I made this last night and we couldn't get enough of it! We made ours a bit spicier and it was perfect for a cool(ish) Wednesday night. We'll definitely be making this again!

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    • Regina

      I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this favorite of ours. Thank you so much for your feedback 🙂

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      • Alice

        I made this tonight & it was absolutely awesome! The only change I made is that I added a chopped jalapeño pepper, some golden raisins & a bit less mild curry power & replaced it with garam masala. I also added some reduced sodium beef broth. My husband loved it so much that he had seconds.

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        • Regina

          Thanks for your wonderful feedback Alice. Your changes sound delicious! Especially like the idea with golden raisins 🙂

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  29. Tarren

    I just made this tonight for the first time and it is delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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    • Regina

      So happy to hear you enjoyed it, Tarren! Makes my day 🙂

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  30. Lola

    Thanks for the recipe. I tried this curry today and I didn't like it at all 🙁

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    • Regina

      Bummer! This recipe is family favorite of ours. It's a huge hit time and again. This dish is more like Pakistani Keema than any Indian/Thai curry. Is that maybe the flavor you expected?
      I know that tastes vary for everyone, especially when it comes to spices. Was it the spice mixture that just wasn't up your alley?

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      • Alicia holmes

        Oh my goodness I love this recipe. I have made it now 4 times and this last time tried the slow cooker. Amazing as I knew it would be. Just brown the beef onions, garlic and spices and throw everything else in. I also this time subbed sweet potatoes for regular. Amazing! Also finish off with a half cup of heavy cream. Also amazing! Thanks for sharing this. It is a family favorite!

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        • Regina

          Oh Alicia, you have no idea how much your comment means to me! Absolutely makes my day. So happy I could pass along our family favorite to yours. And your suggestions sound wonderful. I love getting out the slow cooker this time of year. I'll definitely try making it in there next time 😀

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  31. angela

    Thanks alot

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  32. angela

    Hi there,Thanks so much for your nice wonderful receipies of vegies. So nice to remind me of taking out
    ham for my patient! You are so comprehinsive! Thanks
    alot also for the others receipies. I am going to try them.

    Good luck to you
    god bless.
    Angela

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    • Regina

      It is my pleasure coming out with these recipes and I am so happy to hear you enjoy them, Angela 🙂

      Reply

  33. Jacquee @ I Sugar Coat It!

    Mmmmm... comfort food! This looks so deliciously inviting.

    Reply

    • Regina

      Can you believe we had another 'snow storm' yesterday? Definitely still need warming comfort food.

      Reply

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