Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sri Lankan Beef Curry with Potatoes

I do not cook a lot of beef at home, but my husband and kids enjoy eating it.  I made this beef curry for them to enjoy, then I decided it would be good idea to document the recipe for the beef lovers out there and even for my kids someday when they are old enough to cook for themselves.  Beef curry is a spicy dish with a beautiful rich gravy that can be eaten with a rice and curry meal or roti, naan etc..  I love the addition of potatoes to the dish because it not only stretches out the dish, but those wonderful tender potatoes are full of bold spicy flavor.


1lb of beef
2 large potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
1 medium onion chopped
1-2 pandan leaves (rampe)
10-12 curry leaves
2-3 cloves
2-3 green cardamoms
1 small piece of cinnamon
1 cleaned and bruised lemongrass
1-2 cups water (enough to cover the meat and potatoes)
1/2 Tbs chili powder (adjust to taste)
1/2 Tbs curry powder (adjust to taste) salt
1 heaping Tbs of fresh ginger minced or grated
2-3 cloves of garlic minced or grated
1 cup milk

 marinade for beef
1/2 Tbs chili powder
1/2 Tbs curry powder
black pepper
1/2 Tbs cider vinegar
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Heat 2Tbs of canola oil on medium heat and fry the pandan leaves, curry leaves and lemongrass for 1 minute.  Then add the cloves, cardamom seeds, cinnamon stick, onions and grated ginger and saute for1-2 minutes.

 Next add the marinated beef cubes and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes.  Then add  more curry powder and chili powder with the cut potatoes some salt and saute for a minute.
 Add the water and cook for 25-30 minutes on medium-low heat until potatoes are tender and beef is cooked.  Taste for seasoning.  Add more curry powder, salt and/or chili powder to taste.  Add milk and simmer for 2 more minutes. Serve with rice and curry, naan or roti.  Enjoy.

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  1. Yum!! Do you recommend buying naan or is making it not too difficult?

    xoxo Chow Down SF

    1. I always buy naan at my Indian store or grocery store. I will definitely do a homemade naan on the blog soon. Roti (similar to naan) is coming up very soon. :) Hope you enjoy the curry. :)

  2. It seems that whenever I add beef to a meal it is so much better in my husband's eyes.

  3. I have to admit I am a meat eater all the way. I don't have it a lot but it is my favorite. This looks delicious! Can't wait to see your roti recipe!

  4. What a fantastic recipe, sounds delicious!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  5. I honestly don't cook beef that often either, but Patrick really enjoys it so I have to from time to time to be fair. ;-)

  6. I'm all about stretching a meal...potatoes with the beef sound perfect, especially since they'd absorb so much of that amazing curry flavor. You're killing me with these recipes. I want, I want, I want.

  7. Looks yummy n tempting:)n nice clicks.

  8. Goodness... yum! This sounds SO freakin' good!! I would just grab a dinner roll and polish off that entire bowl in seconds. You can keep the forks.

  9. As a proud carnivore, I appreciate you sharing this recipe heehee. :) I could imagine a pot of this with some fresh naan and I'd be set for an entire week of meals!


  10. My hubby likes beef more than I do, but I love all types of curry and this one would be no exception. Thanks for sharing another great recipe Ramona:)

  11. We just had beef stew for dinner but I know my boys will enjoy this beef curry just as much. I like adding potatoes to my curry as well. They become so tasty after absorbing all that curry sauce.

  12. I don't like to eat a lot of beef either. Typically only in a good burger or the occasional steak. This does look so good though!

  13. I know many meat lovers who would die for this recipe :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. We have cut back on the amount of beef we eat but I would chow down on this in a heartbeat. It looks rich and saucy and I'd sop up every bit with some warm naan. OK, now I'm hungry!


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