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Steak And Kidney Pudding With An Indian Touch

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This is steak and kidney pudding with a spicy difference!

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Steak And Kidney Pudding With An Indian Touch

 Steak And Kidney Pudding With An Indian Touch
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes


  • 350g self rising flour
  • 250ml cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200g beef grated beef suet
  • 1 kilo beef rump cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 200g finely chopped ox kidney
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 large onion finely cut
  • 1 tablespoon ginger puree
  • 2 tablespoon garlic puree
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 2 green chilli peppers finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small bunch finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 bay leaves
  • beef stock
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Mix the pasty ingredients together and then whack the dough onto a floured surface and kneed into a soft dough ball.

Now place the beef cubes,, kidney, flour, chopped onion, ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin powder and chillies into a bowl and mix well. Set aside.

Roll your pastry out into a 14” circle and then cut one forth of the pastry off as pictured to use as a top to your pudding.

2. Fold the remaining 3/4 circle together to form a bowl shape and place in your 3 litre bowl. Be sure the the pastry dough is about an inch higher than the top of the bowl.

3. Flatten the excess dough around the top of the bowl and sprinkle a bit of water around the pastry rim.

Pour the beef mixture into the pastry bowl and then fill almost to the top with beef stock.

4. Roll out the remaining dough - the part you cut off - into a round top for your pudding and cover it pressing hard to ensure no juice can get out. Cover this with a floured tea towel and tie into place with a piece of string.

5. Place some sort of rivet inside the large pan. I use a 1 kilo metal kitchen weight. Place a tea towel on it and then put the steak and kidney pudding bowl on that.

6. Carefully fill the pan basin with water so that the water level is about half way up the steak and kidney pudding bowl.

Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a nice steady simmer. Cover the pan and allow to steam for four hours.

Be sure to check the water level often to ensure it doesn't boil dry.

7. Tip upside down on a serving plate to reveal an amazing spicy steak & kidney pudding!

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I think a steak and kidney pudding like this one could very well have been presented at the great feasts of the British Raj.

Yesterday afternoon I was a bit tired and trying to think of something easy to make for dinner. I started thumbing through my old cookbooks and found a recipe I’d made many times before but had forgotten about in recent years.

It was the steak and kidney pudding recipe in Rick Stein’s Food Heros cookbook. It is such an easy recipe though it looks like it could be difficult. It really isn’t.

This time I decided to change it a bit. I wanted to see what Rick’s recipe would taste like with a bubbling hot beef curry inside the tasty suet pastry. I’m so glad I did. It was amazing.

So here it is. There wasn’t a drop of sauce or a crumb of pastry leftover.

Note: You will need a 3 liter oven proof round bowl, a large pan with a tight fitting lid big enough to hold the 3 litre bowl, two tea towels and some string.

I usually make my pastry first.


Cutting the pastry dough

Cutting the pastry dough


The pastry in the bowl

How the pastry should look in the bowl


The meat is in the pastry.

The meat meets the pastry


The pie is ready

Almost ready!


All tied up - steak and kidney pudding

All tied up.


steak and kidney pudding in the pot

The pudding’s in the pot!



When steaming the steak and kidney pudding, be sure to check the water often so that it does not boil dry.

To Serve

Sometimes when I make this meal it works perfectly. I turn the pudding upside down and out plops a perfect steak and kidney crusty dome.

When this happens, it’s time for a celebration!

Alas this time it didn’t. I turned my steak and kidney pudding over and it all fell apart.

It’s just the way it goes sometimes!

It still tasted great. In fact, next time I serve this dish I might just serve it directly from the bowl.

I really liked this play on a British classic. I hope you do too. Be sure to let me know how you get on by writing a comment.

Steak and kidney pudding is one of my all time favourites.


If you enjoy this recipe try my other Indian beef recipes:

Beef Madras
Bef Massaman Curry
Goan Beef Croquettes

Ian Francis Robinson

Sunday 1st of March 2015

when i print out a simple recipe i dont expect 14 pages , mostly flaming adverts. talk about waste never known anything like it . ink and paper.

Dan Toombs

Thursday 5th of March 2015

I'm not sure what you are talking about. I've never had that problem Ian. Sorry.



Monday 30th of April 2012

Ha! Steak and Kidney pudding with an Indian twist - love it! Someone has a great sense of humor! Just discovered your blog - will be tuning in often!

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 1st of May 2012

Thank you very much for saying hello.

Really glad you like my blog. Keep in touch. :)

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