With hearty beef and turmeric-spiced coconut milk, this flavor-packed Instant Pot Beef Curry recipe is classic comfort food with an Indian twist. Tender bites of beef and vegetables come together in an aromatic Indian beef curry adapted from the state of Kerala.
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This is a delicious and easy beef curry recipe made with coconut milk. It’s adapted from a recipe that comes from the South Indian state of Kerala, which is where my family lives.
This Kerala beef curry recipe is a beef stew that’s referred to as ‘ishtu’ (pronounced ‘ish-too’ and derived from ‘stew’). There are vegetable, mutton, and chicken versions of the recipe.
This Instant Pot Indian beef curry comes from a recipe by Asha Gomez, an Atlanta-based chef, who shared the recipe in Bon Appetit magazine. It’s a mildly spiced recipe that gets its heat from green chili peppers (jalapeno or serrano).
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My pressure cooker beef curry recipe is great for a busy weeknight and it’s one that’s often requested by my family! I love how the pressure cooker curry has such a beautiful golden color.
Beef cooked in an Instant Pot comes out so tender and flavorful. It almost melts in your mouth. The Instant Pot is the best way to cook beef!
And if you have leftover beef curry, it tastes even better the next day. I even like to make this recipe a day ahead of time for maximum flavor.
Fresh crusty bread is so delicious with the curry, allowing you to soak up all the wonderful curry sauce. That’s what my family likes to do.
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- Korean Beef is an Instant Pot adaptation of Korean beef bulgogi that tastes amazing with vegetables over rice!
What are Some Tips for Making Indian Beef Curry Stew in the Instant Pot?
But this curry has simple ingredients and doesn’t rely heavily on Indian spices. I like to add more chile peppers than I normally do in other Indian recipes – it gives it that extra kick of spice which is balanced out by the coconut milk.
Make it more or less spicy by varying the quantity of green chili peppers.
I use stew meat but you can use any cut of beef that has some fat: beef chuck, chuck roast, bottom roast, or bottom round. Meats with higher fat content do very well in the Instant Pot pressure cooker, but make sure your trim the fat so it’s not excessive.
To save time, you could skip the browning of the beef, but the flavor won’t be the same because you wouldn’t get all that caramelization incorporated into the curry.
When you’re browning the beef, don’t crowd the inner pot. Do it in batches so you don’t end up boiling the meat! It’s actually easier to brown the beef in a large non-stick frying pan.
I use a secret ingredient in this recipe, and that’s A1 Steak Sauce. My mother-in-law adds A-1 to an Indian beef recipe that I love and it gives it so much flavor and umami. So I had to include it in this recipe!
This recipe uses potatoes and carrots. You can substitute other vegetables with a similar cooking time. If using quick-cooking vegetables, cook them in Sauté mode.
Potatoes: I like to use Yukon gold potatoes but any kind will work.
This curry has a lot of liquid because that’s how we like to eat it. If you’d like a thicker curry with less liquid, feel free to increase the quantity of beef and vegetables and/or decrease the quantity of broth.
This curry has a lot of sauce for those who like to eat it as a stew. Reduce the broth to 1 cup to make it thicker.
Yes, you can double the recipe. Keep the cooking time the same. You can also halve the recipe with no other changes.
Make the recipe spicier by adding more green chili peppers (serrano or jalapeno). To make it less spicy, reduce the quantity or omit the chiles.
You can keep this beef curry in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. It’s important to cool the curry to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can freeze it for 2 to 3 months. To freeze coconut beef curry, allow it to cool to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. To reheat the curry, remove it from the freezer and allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight.
Freezing can sometimes affect the texture of the coconut milk in the curry, causing it to separate. You could add a small amount of cornstarch before freezing, which can help prevent separation.
Yes, first prepare the ingredients on the stovetop (sear beef, saute onions) and transfer all ingredients to a slow cooker including the coconut milk. Omit or halve the broth if you want a thicker curry. Slow cook on on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
Yes, this recipe can be made on the stove. More details are in the recipe card.
The beef curry tastes even better the next day, so you can definitely make it ahead of time and refrigerate it.
Pressure Cooker Beef Curry Ingredients
- Steak sauce
- Coconut milk
How to Make Beef Curry in the Instant Pot (Step by Step Instructions)
- Saute Beef Cubes and Add Onion, Garlic, Ginger
- Deglaze, Add Spices, Broth, and Beef
- Pressure cook and release pressure
- Pressure Cook the Vegetables and Add Coconut Milk
Saute Beef Cubes and Add Onion, Garlic, Ginger
- Put Instant Pot on Saute mode. Once the Instant Pot has pre-heated, add oil and heat until it’s shimmering. Add the beef cubes.
- Working in batches, sear cubed beef pieces until browned on all sides, stirring frequently. *
- Remove beef and set aside. Press Cancel to turn Instant Pot off, to keep the onions from burning in the next step.
- Add onions, garlic, ginger, and jalapenos and mix well.
* This step can be done in a large nonstick frying pan, which is quicker.
Deglaze, Add Spices, Broth, and Beef
- Select Saute again. Add a tablespoon or two of broth and deglaze the inner pot. Saute till the onion mixture is golden brown, stirring often. This will take about 3 to 5 minutes. Deglaze as needed if the onions start browning too much or sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Season with salt and pepper, turmeric, and A1 steak sauce. Stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. *
- Stir in the remaining broth and make sure there are no brown bits stuck to the bottom of the inner pot. The bottom of the pot should be completely clear.
- Stir in reserved beef pieces.
* If the Instant Pot becomes too hot and the ingredients are burning, turn it off to cool it down and turn it back on once cooled. You don’t want to burn the spices! Again, if the mixture sticks to the bottom of the pot, deglaze by adding a tablespoon of broth and stirring to remove the browned bits.
Pressure Cook and Release the Pressure
- Close the Instant Pot lid.
- Program the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
- The display will go from On to 15:00. The float valve will go up after a few minutes. The display will count down to 00:00.
- Release the pressure using the quick release method. The float valve will go down and the lid can be opened.
You can also do a full natural release or 15-minute natural pressure release where you wait for 15 minutes and then release remaining pressure by moving the steam release valve from Sealing to Venting.
Pressure Cook the Vegetables and Add Coconut Milk
- Stir in the carrots and potatoes. Close the lid again and pressure cook for 3 minutes on high pressure.
- Release the pressure using the quick release method and remove the lid.
- Stir in coconut milk.
- Heat through on Saute mode to thicken the sauce. Stir in chopped cilantro.
Serve as a soup or stew with bread or as a curry with Instant Pot white rice or jasmine rice or naan.
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How to Make Beef Curry on the Stovetop
- Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sear cubed beef until browned. Remove beef and set aside.
- Add onions, garlic, ginger, and jalapenos, and cook until fragrant.
- Stir in salt and pepper, turmeric, and A1 steak sauce.
- Stir in the broth and reserved beef.
- Cover the pot and simmer until the beef is tender.
- Add carrots and potatoes and simmer until vegetables are cooked through.
- Add coconut milk and heat through to thicken the sauce. Stir in chopped cilantro.
See the recipe card below for detailed instructions.
Instant Pot Beef Curry Recipe with Coconut Milk
- 3 tablespoon vegetable oil for searing
- 2 lbs beef stew meat (1 kg) cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 5 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger chopped finely
- 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper or to taste, seeded and chopped finely *
- 2 cups beef broth or chicken broth **
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 teaspoon black pepper powder or to taste
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoon A1 steak sauce optional
- 1 ½ cups carrots peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 ½ cups potatoes cut into 1-inch cubes
- 13.5 oz. coconut milk (400 ml) unsweetened, regular fat (1 can)
- ½ cup cilantro chopped
Instant Pot Instructions
- Select the Saute function. Add oil to Instant Pot and working in batches, sear beef until browned on all sides, stirring frequently. Be careful not to burn. Turn off Instant Pot if it gets too hot. Remove beef with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Turn Instant Pot off and add onions, garlic, ginger, jalapenos and stir well.
- Select Saute again and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of broth to deglaze Instant Pot, scraping up all the brown bits.
- Saute onion mixture till golden brown, stirring often. This will take about 3 minutes. If the mixture sticks to the bottom, add a tablespoon or two of broth.
- Add reserved beef, salt, black pepper, turmeric, A-1 steak sauce and saute briefly to coat the beef with spices.
- Add broth and stir.
- Close Instant Pot Lid and pressure cook on HIgh Pressure for 15 minutes.
- Do a quick release of pressure (QR) and open the lid. [Read More: The Different Pressure Release Methods]
- Add potatoes and carrots to Instant Pot and close the lid again.
- Pressure cook for 3 minutes on high pressure and do a quick release of pressure (QR).
- Add coconut milk to the Instant Pot beef curry and stir to combine. Taste and season with salt to taste.
- Select Saute mode and heat through.
- Turn off Instant Pot, sprinkle beef curry with cilantro and stir. Serve with crusty bread, naan or over rice.
- Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sear cubed beef until browned on all sides, stirring frequently. Remove beef and set aside.
- Add onions, garlic, ginger, and jalapenos, and cook until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Deglaze the pot with some broth as needed.
- Add salt and pepper, turmeric, and A1 steak sauce, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Stir in the broth and reserved beef, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cover the pot. Simmer until the beef is tender, about 1 hour. If the curry becomes too thick, add some extra broth as needed
- Add carrots and potatoes and simmer until vegetables are cooked through,, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add coconut milk and heat through to thicken the sauce. Stir in chopped cilantro.
- Prep time does not include steps that are already accounted for in the ingredient list, e.g. chopped onions, minced garlic, cubed beef, etc.
- * Use jalapeno or serrano peppers with care: add them per your spice tolerance. To make this a thicker curry, reduce the liquid at the end in Saute‘mode, or use 1 ½ cups broth instead of 2.
- ** This curry, as written, has a lot of gravy because that’s the way we like to eat it – as a stew. If you prefer a thicker curry, reduce the quantity of broth.
- Adapted from Chef Asha Gomez in Bon Appetit.
- Please read the blog post for some useful tips.
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