After 4 days of lazing around, watching movies, BBQ and eating out, Tuesday was such a pathetic day. Ro woke me up saying the weather was so good and to go out and do a buncha chores.. I nodded, turned around and went back to sleep. Woke up pretty late and was so lethargic and not in the mood for anything. I even skipped gym, in spite of it being a beautiful day. Hadn't cooked all over the weekend and so i was thoroughly dreading it. I wished, that by some mere luck, there would be leftovers in the fridge which i could use, but no, hadn't cooked anything for 4 days, then how on earth would there be leftovers?
At around 6 in the evening I got out of my comfort zone and decided to make something super easy. Had some diced beef, thawed them and decided to make a beef curry in the pressure cooker. Also, i hadn't made an Indian curry in a long time and thought this would be the best time. It was nice and spicy and absolutely easy...for me, easy would be something I don't have to keep stirring, don't have to cut a whole lotta veggies for, and should be tasty and serve the purpose..if only life was that simple right?
Diced Beef- 500gms
Onion- 1, roughly chopped
Tomato- 1, chopped
baby potatoes- 6, cut into bite size cubes
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Cinnamon- 1" stick
Curry Leaves- a sprig
Oil- 1 tbsp
Chilli Powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder- 1 tbsp
Fenugreek Powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper Powder- 1/2 tsp
Meat Masala- 1/2 tsp (optional)
Ginger Paste- 1 tbsp
Garlic Paste- 1 tbsp
Salt- to taste
Marinate the diced beef with all the ingredients in the 'to marinate' section. Keep aside (I didn't have the patience and time to keep it for an hour or so, I cooked it immediately)
In a pressure cooker, heat the oil and splutter the mustard seeds, curry leaves, cinnamon and cloves.
When it is nice and fragrant, add the onions and sauté till light brown. Add the tomatoes and on high heat cook for another 5 minutes, or till they are mashed.
Add the marinated beef, diced potatoes and mix well. The masala would coat the potatoes and the onion mix.
Add half a cup of water, close the cooker and when you see the steam, put on the weight and wait for the whistle. After the first whistle reduce heat to medium and I wait for another 8 to 10 minutes...but it may be different for you.
Remove from the heat and wait for the pressure to die, or if you are in a hurry like me, let the steam escape and open the lid.
If it is too watery, put it back on high heat and cook for a few more minutes. If it is too thick, stir in some warm water.
Check for salt, spice etc. and add if required.
Serve hot with rice, rotis or even upma (instant MTR btw!)
Note: Substitute coconut milk for water, and I'm sure it would taste even better.
I have made this curry without any tomatoes and mustard and curry leaves etc...it still turned out pretty awesome.