Weeknight beef curry? No problem! Meet the Instant Pot; ready in an hour (including natural pressure release time). I will warn you that your house will smell like Brunei while the beef curry is cooking. I used the ingredients that I have got on hand. So, I didn’t have any fresh lemongrass or galangal or fresh turmeric. If you cannot find lemongrass powder, you can use fresh or frozen lemongrass. If you have galangal on hand or are about to pick up some from an ethnic supermarket, add about 2 cm worth of galangal. This curry could have used galangal. It is inspired by a beef rendang recipe that I have been reluctant to share. This is, however, not an authentic beef rendang recipe as apple juice is involved. (Oh, what a delicious horror.) I am forever tweaking what I think is a good beef rendang recipe, so I am not ready to share that until I decide it is THE perfect version. (I keep changing the portions of spices to suit my mood of the moment.) If you are using fresh turmeric, peel the skin using a teaspoon and add about 2 cm worth. Do cut the fresh galangal and turmeric into smaller pieces before putting it in a food processor. You can use a food processor if you are using fresh ingredients. This is the laziest curry I have made whereby no food processor or no mortar & pestle is needed. Did I mention Weeknight Beef Curry?! Oh, and tip: if you buy fresh galangal, cut it into 2 cm pieces and freeze them for later use. They won’t last long. You can use galangal to make delicious soups or broths too.
Can you cook the beef curry using frozen meat?
When your Instant Pot is ticking down to 15, you can make this simple (or lazy; let’s call it lazy) yellow rice in the rice cooker.
1 tbsp turmeric 2 cups of white rice of your choice, rinsed (You can adjust for 1/4 cup rice per serving) 1/4 cup raisins 2 1/4 cup water (tiny bit of extra water for fluffiness) Turn the rice cooker on and wait for your rice dish to finish. Once the rice cooker clicks from cooking to “keep warm”, unplug the rice cooker.
For full disclosure, I had an over 20 lbs almost eight month old on my back pulling my hair while making supper. Hurry up, Mom, I’m hungry. The beef is so soft and easy to shred with your hands to feed little ones. My carb-loving toddler enjoyed the rice (ahem, the raisins). Not craving yellow rice? How about Coconut Pandan Rice? If you have store-bought curry paste, you can still follow this Instant Pot recipe. Just skip measuring the spices and coat your beef stew with the curry paste. Don’t worry, I won’t be offended. It’s okay to cheat though I will boldly tell you that the best curries are the ones you mix the spices yourself.