An easy peasy Instant Pot Indian beef curry recipe, well flavored with spices. An authentic Kerala style beef curry pressure cooked in an Instant Pot. It goes well with chapati, parotta/paratha, pathiri (rice bread), any rice variants ( pulao, ghee rice, regular rice), appam (rice pancake) or any other Indian breads. This curry works out well for Paleo/Gluten-free/Keto lifestyle. It can accompany low carb cauliflower rice.
If you are new to Instant Pot, it’s a multi-purpose cooker. It can operate as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, saute pan, steamer, and food warmer. In this recipe, I used it as a Saute Pan and a pressure cooker. I don’t use a non-electric pressure cooker anymore. Instant Pot is incredible and makes your life easy. I use Instant Pot DUO80.
- Prepare Ingredients - Cut beef into 1.5" cube pieces. Chop onion into small pieces. Slice green chilly.
- Grind together ingredients listed under grind section - ginger, garlic, pepper powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, fennel powder, vinegar.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in the Instant Pot on SAUTE mode MORE setting. When oil is hot, add the sliced onions, green chillies, curry leaves, and salt. Adding salt helps the onion to get cooked fast. Saute it until onions are lightly brown. When the onion starts sticking to the pot, change the Instant Pot setting to SAUTE mode LOW setting. Refer notes on how to change the setting.
- Add the prepared grinded mixture and fry well. Continue in the SAUTE mode LOW setting. Add oil, as needed.
- Add water and add enough salt to the gravy. Mix well. Then add beef and mix it. Close the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to SEAL and cook on MANUAL HIGH-PRESSURE setting for 8 minutes. Refer the notes on time setting.
- Once the timer goes off, either do a NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE or a QUICK PRESSURE RELEASE after 10 minutes. Refer notes for instructions on natural and quick release.
- Switch the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode NORMAL setting. Onion gets mashed into the gravy, by this time. Add coriander leaves and boil till gravy has thick consistency as you desire. If you want to make it spicier, add some more pepper powder at this time. ** Coriander leaves are optional.
- Serve it with boiled rice, neychoru/ghee rice, appam, parotta, puttu or chappathi. Enjoy 🙂
- Instant Pot SAUTE mode setting: You can vary the temperature of the SAUTE mode by using the ADJUST button to cycle through the modes of LESS, NORMAL, and MORE. This is equivalent to low, medium and high heat. Note that the temperature mode must be adjusted within 10 seconds of pressing the SAUTE button. If you want to change the heat setting of SAUTE mode from HIGH temperature to LOW temperature, CANCEL the current SAUTE function. Then program again on SAUTE mode LOW setting. Be cautious, in SAUTE mode, you are not supposed to use Instant Pot lid.
- Instant Pot Pressure Cook Time Setting - I used 1.5 " beef pieces. 8 minutes of pressure cooking time was more than enough for me. If you are using beef with bigger pieces, you should increase the pressure cooking time to 10 minutes or even more.
- Instant Pot Natural & Quick Pressure Release - For natural pressure release, allow the float valve to drop off without doing anything. It would take some time, around 30 minutes or so. For quick pressure release, once the timer goes off, leave it as it is for 10 minutes. Then turn the valve from sealing to venting and allow the steam to release the pressure until the float valve drops off.
- Non-Electric Pressure Cooker - If you want to use a non-electric pressure cooker, pressure cook up to 2 whistles or until beef is cooked. Instant Pot just makes your life easier.