Beef Short Ribs Smothered with Spicy Yogurt Curry


I grew up in a big family, a house filled with giggles and gossips and laughter’s and some occasional not so happy moments and lots of food to sail through with all these talks. My family loves to talk and what can I say I inherited this tradition from them. I am the gal who will always talk to you when you are waiting in the line for your coffee or when you are in the elevator totally trying to ignore me… I talk to the produce guy early in the morning when he is trying to set up the aisle and absolutely thinks I have no one to talk after I leave, I talk to library assistant even when I know I have a huge line of people behind me waiting to get assisted…  I talk to you, day after day through this blog. I may not sound poetic but I can make you smile and totally listen to whatever you have to say… And to top it all I cook all these wonderful dishes for you to see and crave and totally make after we are done with our little chitchat! Ready.


Let’s talk about today’s recipe, “Beef Short Ribs Smothered with Yogurt Curry”. Yummy!! Ok so this recipe is inspired by rich and spicy curry dish my dad makes, also known as “Bhuna Gosht” in India.  In Indian/Pakistani cooking  ‘Bhuna’ is a particular style of cooking where blend of spices along with aromatic ingredients like ginger, garlic, onions etc. are fried in oil till they get a rich color and make a thick sauce base. In this recipe the beef is fried with aromatics and spices using the same method. And ‘Gosht’ means meat. Yogurt here adds a creamy texture and delicate tartness to the sauce.  This is a decadent dish with so many well-balanced flavors and texture. Also I cut the rib meat into small bite size pieces, it helps in cooking the meat faster. But if you want you can use bone in ribs here too, just adjust the cooking time. This dish does not take much time to make and it makes for a delicious comforting meal after a long day at work or may be on a lazy day at home.


Wishing you all a week filled with loads of fun, lots of love and may be some deadlines that you will meet, and that little angry boss you will finally please… and above all lots and lots of delicious food! Enjoy!

Beef Short Ribs Smothered with Spicy Yogurt Curry

Yield: Serves 2-3


  • 1 pound boneless beef short ribs, cut into bite size pieces and excess fat removed
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 cup yogurt, stir well
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons red chili powder (cayenne/paprika)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeno, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2-inch ginger, julienne
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Heat oil in a large wok/skillet on medium high. Add the sliced onions to the hot oil and fry till they are golden brown, stirring often.
  2. Now add the beef along with salt, ginger, garlic and turmeric powder and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add ½ cup of water and cover the skillet, let the beef cook on medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes or till the beef gets almost tender and all the water starts to dry out. Make sure to keep checking on beef and stirring it to prevent burning, also if the water starts to dry out too soon you can add 2-3 tablespoons more water.
  3. Now add the yogurt, coriander powder, red chili powder, cumin and black pepper. And sauté for another 5-7 minutes on medium-high heat, till all the water from the yogurt dries out and you get a thick sauce coating the beef pieces.
  4. Remove from the heat, sprinkle lemon juice and add ginger and jalapeno if you like.
  5. Serve hot with bread/rice.


Keep stirring after adding the yogurt till everything starts to come to a boil. This will help in preventing the curdling of the yogurt. Also if you want you can add 2-3 teaspoons of oil to the yogurt and mix well before adding to the curry, this too help in preventing the yogurt from curdling.


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  • Liren February 25, 2013, 6:54 am

    Reem, I would love to chit chat over a big bowl of these short ribs – they look fantastic! I absolutely must try it, I already know it will be a bit hit with my spice loving family. I hope you have a lovely week, too!

  • Rosa February 25, 2013, 7:31 am

    A scrumptious dish! That curry sauce must taste wonderful.



  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 25, 2013, 7:41 am

    You had me at smothered! Can’t wait to try this – the boyfriend is going to be so thrilled when I make this for him!

  • Gourmantine February 25, 2013, 1:17 pm

    Stunning photos and a great beef recipe to have!

  • Sue/the view from great island February 25, 2013, 5:55 pm

    I discovered short ribs last year and now I think they’re the most delicious things on earth. This is a completely new way of cooking them for me, and I can’t wait to try it!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 25, 2013, 6:19 pm

    These look incredible, I love the curry!

  • Kitchen Belleicious February 26, 2013, 2:51 am

    you had me at spicy yogurt curry! Wow I could have that with just about anything

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 26, 2013, 8:54 am

    Hehe you are so fab Reem! I love that you talk to everyone. I sometimes do but sometimes I’m a bit shy at first :P

  • Karen (Back Road Journal) February 26, 2013, 5:14 pm

    Love the second photo…the different color contrasts. This sounds like such a flavorful dish.

    • Reem February 26, 2013, 9:35 pm


  • Julia February 26, 2013, 6:51 pm

    The yogurt curry sauce looks amazing on this dish. I am putting this on my list for the future!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking February 27, 2013, 12:24 am

    Your curry looks fantastic, what a great pictures-mouthwatering! Well done on making me hungry now!

    • Reem February 27, 2013, 2:29 am

      hehehehhe…. That was the plan ;)

  • yummychunklet February 27, 2013, 2:21 am

    The spicy yogurt curry sounds delicious with the short ribs!

  • CCU February 27, 2013, 4:49 am

    I love your idea of delicious ribs and curry combo :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Radhika @ Just Homemade February 27, 2013, 5:52 pm

    Love the mood in your pictures.. They sing…
    Reading the first para makes me want to meet you..

    • Reem February 27, 2013, 5:54 pm

      Thanks…. And hopefully we will meet someday!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook February 28, 2013, 1:59 am

    How do you make curry so pretty! That’s one dish that I’m very afraid of taking pictures and I have 3 old curry recipes that I want to retake but I’m very very hesitant to… :D You just nailed it. This looks so good! Beef short ribs – yummy choice for really good curry!

    • Reem February 28, 2013, 2:48 am

      @ Nami,
      You are too nice to me gal… I love your pics and the curry one too…
      I just love short ribs… it melts in mouth.

  • Diane March 8, 2013, 12:05 am

    I made this tonight. The flavor was pretty good overall. I used half a teaspoon cayenne and half paprika. It was the perfect amount of spice (I like it mild). The meat was not tough at all. I went against my better judgement and simmered the mixture after I added the yogurt like you said, and it curdled. Go figure. This was however my first time cooking with short ribs and I loved them!

    • Reem March 8, 2013, 5:19 am

      Thanks for trying this recipe. For the yogurt part. Whenever you add yogurt to any dish you need to keep stirring it till everything starts to come to a boil. This will prevent the yogurt from curdling, also sometime people add like 2-3 teaspoons of oil to a cup of yogurt and mix well before adding it to the curry. Hope this will help. Sorry for the yogurt, I have added this to the recipe.