Indonesian-Style Beef & Rice Bowls


Simmer ground beef in a creamy, warmly-spiced tomato sauce for an Asian-inspired bowl recipe that has fewer calories than takeout. A cinnamon stick and fresh nutmeg add complex flavor to this dinner.

Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 3 tablespoon red curry paste

  • 1 13.5-14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • Hot cooked rice

  • 1 small cucumber, sliced

  • ¼ head green cabbage, thinly sliced

  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced

  • 1 chile pepper, thinly sliced (optional)

  • Fresh cilantro sprigs

  • 2 limes, halved


  1. In a large skillet heat curry paste over medium-high heat, stirring a few seconds or until fragrant. Add coconut milk, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and cloves; stir to combine. Add beef; use a spatula to gently break up the beef into smaller pieces. Bring to boiling. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until beef is cooked through, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; discard cinnamon stick.

  2. Serve meat mixture over rice. Top with cucumber slices, cabbage, shallot, chile, and cilantro; squeeze lime over the food.

    Indonesian Beef and Rice Bowl with chopsticks
    Andy Lyons

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

506 Calories
28g Fat
34g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 506
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 393mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 21.6mg 108%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 5.5mg 31%
Potassium 585mg 12%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 72.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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