Pressure Cooker Simple Burmese Beef Potato Curry

Learn how to make this incredibly tasty and easy Burmese beef potato curry with a pressure cooker. A perfect one-pot dish for any occasions

Pressure Cooker Burmese Beef Potato Curry

I wasn’t familiar with Burmese food until I moved to Minnesota and have a Burmese friend. In fact, that’s how I got to know this Burmese beef potato curry. The first time I tasted it, it really reminds me of the Indonesian beef rendang. It has that similarity in taste, though not exactly the same. Burmese beef curry has that Indian influence in terms of spices. Indonesian food is a bit “fussier” to make, I have to admit, compare to Burmese food. Beef rendang calls for a long list of spices and herbs. This Burmese beef curry is the opposite. Only calls for several spices that are mostly available in powder form.

Pressure Cooker Burmese Beef Potato Curry

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INGREDIENTS USED TO MAKE BURMESE BEEF POTATO CURRY
It may seem like a long list, but the spices are mainly in powdered form and the rest of the ingredients are easy to find. You don’t even need to go to the Asian grocery store to get any of these ingredients. Majority of grocery stores carry these ingredients
Spices: curry powder, paprika powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, cinnamon stick
Herb: bay leaves (fresh or dried), cilantro leaves
Ginger
Garlic
Onion
Potatoes
Beef
Limes

Pressure Cooker Burmese Beef Potato Curry

WHY YOU WILL LIKE THIS PRESSURE COOKER BURMESE BEEF POTATO CURRY
1. Cook in one pot
You can saute and pressure cook in the same pot
2. Tender beef pieces without hours of simmering
The pressure cooker takes about 30 minutes to cook the beef and another 15-20 minutes to cook the potatoes versus 1 1/2 hours of cooking on the stove top and you have to attend to it while it’s cooking in case the liquid is running low before beef gets tender
3. Freezer friendly
You can make this in a big batch and freeze into serving portions

TIPS FOR MAKING GOOD BURMESE BEEF POTATO CURRY IN PRESSURE COOKER
1. Saute
It is important to saute the onions, garlic, ginger, and spices before pressure cooking. This will help to amplify the flavor of your beef curry
2. Beef first potatoes later
Pressure cook the beef first and then switch to saute mode to cook the potatoes. If you cook them at the same time, the potatoes will turn into mush from overcooking
3. Reduce
Once the beef is tender from pressure cooking, switch to saute mode to continue cooking to reduce the liquid to give you the shiny oily curry

HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT BURMESE BEEF POTATO CURRY
Leftover: Leftover can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I recommend freezing for anything longer. They can be reheated in microwave or stovetop
Freezing: Let the beef potato curry cool down and then portion into serving sizes and keep in freezer friendly container or bag. Lay them flat if it’s in the bag. They can be reheated in the stove or microwave without thawing

Pressure Cooker Burmese Beef Potato Curry

Pressure Cooker Burmese Beef Potato Curry

Pressure Cooker Burmese Beef Potato Curry

Pressure Cooker Burmese Beef Potato Curry

Pressure Cooker Simple Burmese Beef Potato Curry

Pressure cooker simple Burmese beef potato curry is really so simple. Made with few aromatic spices and herbs and you have yourself a super delicious beef curry.

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2
    lbs
    beef stew meat/shank/chuck
    cut into large chunks
  • 1
    lb
    Yukon gold potatoes
    cut into 2-inch pieces, or you can use little round potatoes
  • 1/3
    cup
    cooking oil
  • 1
    large
    onion
    diced
  • 2
    Tbsp
    grated ginger
  • 4
    cloves
    garlic
    finely minced
  • 1
    large
    tomato
    diced
  • 1/2
    cup
    water
    more if you cook on stove-top

Herbs:

  • 2
    bay leaves
    4-5 if used dried bay leaves
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
    for garnishing

Serve with:

  • 1
    -2
    limes
    cut into wedges

Instructions

Cooking with Instant Pot pressure cooker:

  1. Press saute on instant pot. When it says “hot”, add cooking oil to inner pot. Add onion, ginger, and garlic. Stir fry for about 3 minutes. Add tomato pieces and spices and stir fry for another 2 minutes. Add the beef pieces, bay leaves, and seasonings stir to mix everything

  2. Add 1/2 cup of water. 1/2 cup water may seem a little, but the meat will ooze out some liquid and not much liquid escapes when you cook with pressure cooker. Close the lid of Instant pot. Turn the steam release valve to seal. Press “pressure cooker” and then “high pressure”. Set timer to 30 minutes. When the timer is up, release pressure immediately

  3. Carefully unlock the lid and open. Turn off “keep warm” and turn “saute” back on. Add the potato pieces and stir to mix. Continue to cook for the next 15-20 minutes until potatoes are soft and the liquid has reduced and you see some shiny oil arise. Have a final taste and add more salt to your taste if needed.Turn off saute mode

Cooking on stove top:

  1. Preheat a large pot with cooking oil. Add onion, ginger, and garlic. Stir fry for about 3 minutes. Add tomato pieces and spices and stir fry for another 2 minutes. Add the beef pieces, bay leaves, and seasonings stir to mix everything

  2. Pour in about 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to let it gently simmer for the next 1 – 1 1/2 hours until the beef pieces are really tender. You may need to add a bit of water if the water evaporates too quickly before the beef is tender. Once the beef is tender, add the potato pieces and cook for the next 15-20 minutes. Majority of the liquid would have evaporated leaving you with some oil. Have a final taste and add more salt to your taste if needed. Turn off the heat

Serving:

  1. Transfer to large serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro leaves and some lime wedges. Squeeze some lime juice before eating

Pressure Cooker Burmese Beef Potato Curry - Learn how to make this incredibly tasty and easy Burmese beef potato curry with a pressure cooker. A perfect one-pot dish for any occasions