Madrasi Grilled Beef Skewers

Madrasi Grilled Beef Skewers

This spicy little preparation can be made with almost any Indian Masala you like, but I created it as a vehicle for my Homemade Madras Curry Paste. For this post, I have served the skewered Beef appetizer style on a bed of finely shredded cabbage and Jalapeno peppers that were macerated in a little garlic salt before being tossed with some oil and lemon juice. However, you could also serve a larger number of skewers per person as a main dish along with rice and other accompaniments.

Ingredient Notes

Beef Marinating with Lemon Juice
Beef Marinating with Lemon Juice

You can certainly use a good quality steak for this recipe, but here, I used a cut identified as ‘Simmering Steak’, which generally indicates a pretty tough cut. Above you can see the cubes of Beef marinating in lemon juice. If you have purchased good, well marbled beef, you will likely only need to marinate for a few hours, but, if it is a tougher cut, overnight is preferable.

The Basic Method

Marinating Beef with Madras Curry Paste
Marinating Beef with Madras Curry Paste

You don’t really need to marinate the Beef with the Curry Paste for very long. However, if you are going to use wooden skewers for grilling the Beef, you need to soak these in water for an hour two to prevent them from burning at the ends, so you may as well marinate the beef during the period while you do this.

Grilling Beef Skewers with Madras Curry Paste
Grilling Beef Skewers with Madras Curry Paste

Grilling is best over a wood or charcoal flame, but if this is not possible, a ridged-grill pan works very well. You need to grill the skewers over a reasonably high heat to ensure that the beef browns nicely and gets a little crispy and blackened in a few spots. A minute per side will suffice for lovely Madrasi Grilled Beef Skewers, but if you prefer your beef well-done, you may wish to go a little longer.

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Madrasi Grilled Beef Skewers

These Madrasi Grilled Beef Skewers use a Homemade Madras Curry Paste and can be a simple appetizer, or the main feature in an Indian meal.
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Beef, Curry Paste, Lemon Juice, Madras Curry Powder
Author: John Thompson


  • ½ lb. Beef in medium dice.
  • 3 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Madras Curry Paste


  • Marinate the diced Beef in the Lemon juice for several hours or overnight.
  • Toss the marinated Beef with the Madras Curry Paste and let sit for at least an hour.
  • Thread the Beef onto skewers and grill over high heat until nicely browned.


Use any Curry Paste you like, or follow my recipe for Homemade Madras Curry Paste.

Comments, questions or suggestions most welcome!