Beef Curry with Potatoes (Pressure Cooker Method)

For best results, make this dish in a pressure cooker. It’ll be cooked in half the amount of time and the beef will be nice and soft.



Ingredients: Serves 6

2 lbs beef (cut into medium sized cubes)

2 large potatoes or 12 fingerling potatoes

3 Onions, 2 inch piece of ginger, 6 garlic cloves

Fresh coriander leaves (optional)

Spices: 1 cardamom, 2 cinammon sticks, 2 bay leaves, 1 and half tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander powder, 3/4 tsp turmeric, and 1 and 1/2 level tsps salt.


How to: (Pressure Cooker Method)

1. Prepare the beef by thoroughly washing it and then cut into medium sized cubes.

2. In a pressure cooker, add the following ingredients: beef, 3 chopped onions, finely grated ginger, diced garlic, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 cardamom, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 2 bay leaves.

3. Add 1 full glass of water and close the lid. On high heat, allow the ingredients to cook for about 7-8 minutes. (If you have one of those pressure cookers that has a separate key or top to stop the hissing, place on top when you hear it start to hiss. This indicates that the temperature is right for cooking).

4. Cook for a further 15-17 minutes. The pressure cooker will then let you know when the meat is ready by making a screeching sound. Remove from heat and go over to the sink. Run cold tap water over the pressure cooker until it stops steaming, Wipe and return to stove. You are now done with the lid.

5. Reduce heat to a medium heat and check that the meat is almost ready. The texture should be tender, almost ready to eat but not quite, and should not shred apart in your fingers.

6. If the meat is almost ready as described above, add the following: 1 and 1/2 tsp chilli powder (less if you want it less hot), 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, and 3/4 tsp turmeric.

7.  Add 1/2 glass of water and simmer without the lid for 10-12 minutes. While simmering, prepare the potatoes. (If using fingerling potatoes, you just need to wash them. Leave the skin on). Note: I prefer to use fingerling potatoes as they cook a lot quicker.

8. Peel, wash and cut 2 large potatoes. Each potato should be cut into 6 pieces. Continue to simmer (again, without the lid) and add 1/2 glass of water and simmer for another 10 minutes.

9. Optional – add sprinkled fresh coriander leaves over the top when serving.


Recommendations:  Serve with hot rice of your choice, naan, chapatti, or pita bread.


Recipe submitted by Kamila Rahman. Image by Sabina Huq

14 Responses to “Beef Curry with Potatoes (Pressure Cooker Method)”

  1. hey thank you so much for the recipe and i love your website i was wondering would this recipe structure work on a normal pan. thank you

  2. Hi Rezwana, thank you for your comment on the beef recipe. You would get the best results by using a pressure cooker. Having said that, I have made beef in a regular pan before, it just takes longer to cook and you need a lot more water. You would need to simmer for a while (a good 45 mins or so). Hope that helps.

  3. Tried this recipe many a times and it turns out yummy.. Can you please add gorur mangsho bhuna recipe, I’ve been searching for it all over..

  4. Hi Sabina. I got a pressure cooker recently and wanted to try out a curry. On steps 7 and 8 of this recipe where you mention simmering, that is presumably with the pressure cooker lid off (ie using the pressure cooker like a standard pan), I presume?

  5. Hi Katy, glad you found your way to my website. Yes, steps 7 and 8 include simmering without the lid on. I’ll make the adjustments so it is clearer for other users. Thanks for seeking clarification and hope it works out. Do let me know. Happy New Year!

  6. Great – thanks for the speedy reply Sabina. I’m making this tomorrow evening so I will let you know how it goes! Happy New Year to you too.

  7. So I made the curry earlier this evening. It is amazing how much time you save using a pressure cooker. I also love how the onions get really soft with no effort at all. I was very pleased with the results – the flavours were great and everything was cooked nicely (the beef was tender and the potatoes were cooked without turning into mush). This was only the second thing I have made in a pressure cooker and I now feel much more at home with it. I will definitely be using it for curries in future. So thanks for the recipe and the advice Sabina.

  8. Wonderful to receive your feeback Katy and pleased to hear it all worked out great. Keep up the good work and please continue to post your comments on any other dishes you make. 🙂

  9. One question: the potatoes are added at last and how log do i have to leave them on the fire for the potatoes to cook?

  10. Depending on which type of potatoes you use, I would say 10-12 mins would suffice. Good luck and enjoy!

  11. how big are the medium sized cubes? I tried this and the sauce was yummy but the meat was overcooked:(

  12. Hi, should I use a 4 litre pressure cooker or 6 litre pressure cooker.

  13. Hi Tash, either size pressure cooker works. Let me know how it turned out. Thanks for reaching out.

  14. Why would you wash your beef before cooking it? Most professionals recommend not doing this.

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