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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