Beef Curry with Potatoes

3 Apr

My mama’s Beef Curry Recipe was a constant week day dinner, along with boiled vegetables and fresh-baked bread from the bakers.( Yeah you heard me right… “boiled”.). She used this base recipe for many of her different beef recipes. I will be making 2 of them for my next 2 blog post Beef Chili Fry and Acorda(a-sor-da) de Carne (leftover bread and beef recipe). Get ready to be beefy with me :-).

beef-curry-recipe-goan-easy-no-coconut-potatoesI am aware that it is Good Friday and we did not eat meat on Fridays. We made a conscious efforts to fast but I wish I could say the same at this point in my life. I am trying to be a good parent and I try to make the effort for my kids to follow. All I can say, I believe there is Divine Grace for me.

beef-curry-recipe-goan-easy-no-coconut-potatoes-indian-spicyGetting back to the recipe, I can see why it was a constant weekly recipe as it is the most easy Goan Beef Curry Recipe than the rest. It has a nice subtle sour taste to the beefy flavor and the added potatoes help to balance it.

Serving Size: 4-6


2 lbs of cubed beef (about 1″ thick)

1 medium onion diced.

1 chopped tomato

2 medium potatoes cut 1/8th piece

3 tbsp of fresh ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp of vinegar

1 nickel sized tamarind ball (soak in 1/4 cup hot water)

1-1/2 tsp of cumin powder

1/2 tsp of turmeric powder

1/2 tsp of red chili powder

1/4 tsp of clove powder

1/4 tsp of cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp black pepper powder

1/4 tsp of sugar

1 1/2 cup water

salt to taste


Apply the ginger-garlic paste, salt and vinegar to the cut meat and keep aside for 30-45 minutes.

In a hot pot with oil, saute the diced onions till translucent. Next add the diced tomatoes, saute till soft.

Next add all the powder spices and saute for a minute or two. Then add the meat and saute well cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.

Next add the water, tamarind juice and salt if needed. Cover and cook for an other 20 minutes on medium heat checking occasionally.

Finally add the potatoes and cook for another 10 minutes covered.


Serve with rice, bread or naan. Since this goan beef curry recipe has a nice blend of spices and a real bold beef flavor it goes well with Grits or Polenta.


66 Responses to “Beef Curry with Potatoes”

  1. stephysweetbakes April 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    This looks so yummy

  2. Mr. Militant Negro April 3, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroβ„’.

    • Nandini April 6, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog Jueseppi. Some how I missed your comment on the weekend. Apologize for the delay. You have a great week ahead πŸ™‚

  3. runrodrun April 3, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    With a dish as delicious looking as this, I think God would definitely forgive πŸ˜ƒ

    • Nandini April 3, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

      Rod, that is very encouraging of you to say πŸ™‚

    • therfpscribe April 4, 2015 at 10:14 am #

      Yeah, I’m with you on that. We’ll petition for her penance if we have to. πŸ˜‰

      • runrodrun April 4, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

        Bribe Her with baked goods πŸ˜‰

      • Nandini April 5, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

        Hahaha….Thanks! Sounds like a good plan πŸ™‚

  4. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser April 3, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

    Happy Easter to you and your family Nandini!

    • Nandini April 4, 2015 at 9:33 am #

      Thank You Cheryl. Wishing you and your family as well a very Happy Easter. Take care my friend πŸ™‚

  5. cynthiamvoss April 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    This looks delicious! Can you explain tamarind? How do you buy it and how to cook with it? I have seen the dried pods for sale but don’t know how to use them.

    • Nandini April 4, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      Thank You Cynthia. Tamarind has a sour flavor. Indian’s use it more commonly then lemon juice in cooking. It has to be ripe. It is soaked before use as it is easier to mix. I hope I make sense as that is all I know about tamarind Cynthia πŸ™‚

      • cynthiamvoss April 4, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

        That’s so interesting. How do you know when it’s ripe? I hope to use this intriguing ingredient one day πŸ™‚

        • Nandini April 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

          When it is a dark chocolate brown color on the inside. It is light greenish when it is raw.

  6. kunstkitchen April 3, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

    Looks delicious! Easy recipe too. Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

    • Nandini April 4, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      You are so welcome πŸ™‚

  7. Johanne Lamarche April 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    Love the photo of all the spices in this delectable and fragrant dish! Happy FF and Easter weekend Nandini!

    • Nandini April 4, 2015 at 9:41 am #

      Thank You so much Johanne. Wishing you too a very Happy Easter Weekend πŸ™‚

  8. snowfox66 April 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    If I can’t find some of what is listed, do you work with other retailers?

    • Nandini April 4, 2015 at 9:44 am #

      As of now I do not. Let me know what you are looking for.

  9. snowfox66 April 3, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

    My mom lived in Lakewood at one time. I haven’t been to Calif since 2006!

    • Nandini April 4, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      That is so nice to know. Hopefully you can visit someday. I moved here 2 years ago from Torrance.

      • snowfox66 April 4, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

        I was born in Riverside County in Calif. I am now in the Dakotas, Sometimes I miss it, and then there are the summers … πŸ˜€ Do you have a price list?

        • Nandini April 5, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

          Oh…I have never been there. We do have a drought now so we are on water restrictions specially with our grass. You can check my website @ Thanks!

  10. lindaravello April 4, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    I am so going to make this – it looks so fresh, not sure if I can get a ‘tamarind’ ball over here – what would you suggest as an alternative – happy easter!

    • Nandini April 4, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      That is awesome Linda. Just double the measure of the vinegar and it should do the job. Wishing you too a very Happy Easter πŸ™‚

  11. Stanley Rodrigues April 4, 2015 at 2:09 am #

    Hey Nandini!

    Just a quickie. Every time, I see an email from You in My inbox. I can’t wait to get to it. Once I get to it, I am absolutely GOBSMACKED. Beef curry with potatoes or rice looks fascinating. The pictures of Your dish look BREATHTAKING. The very look of the dish, in a way fills the tummy. As always, will email to all My friends and family, don’t You worry about that. It is a pity that Mrs Stan is in Goa. Otherwise this would be the meal for EASTER 2015. You bring the best out of Goa. I could go on and on about Your recipes. But I am going to use this thing called brakes and stop.

    Happy Easter to You and all at home.


    • Nandini April 4, 2015 at 9:53 am #

      Thank You so much Mr Stan especially for all your kind words and encouragement. Wishing you and Mrs Stan a very Happy Easter.

  12. thevillagepot April 5, 2015 at 2:07 am #

    Ooh, so yum! I’m Nigerian so we never get tired of new ways to eat white rice. Thanks for this.

    • Nandini April 5, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

      You are so welcome and I know what you mean :-). I love my rice too.

  13. teagan geneviene April 5, 2015 at 4:12 am #

    Nandini, this sounds lovely and satisfying. Thanks for the drink recommendation to go with. Have a sublime Sunday.

    • Nandini April 5, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

      Thank You Teagan. You too have a great week ahead πŸ™‚

  14. deutschtrailer April 5, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    Mmmhhhh delicious, thank you very much and Just a nice Easter weekend Nandini….πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

    • Nandini April 5, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

      Thank You and a Very Happy Easter to you as well πŸ™‚

  15. jmsabbagh April 5, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    Great new recipe l don’t think we had Beef curry before ,my wife will try the recipe.It looks delicious..Have a Wonderful Sunday.

    • Nandini April 5, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

      Thank You Jalal! It’s a much easier recipe. Let me know how it goes when your wife makes it.

      • jmsabbagh April 5, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

        Sure will do.Have a happy week.

  16. spiceinthecity April 5, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    That curry looks mouthwatering! Yum!!

    • Nandini April 5, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

      Thank You so much πŸ™‚

  17. 4utu April 5, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

    I love the stories you weave into your posts. The food always looks so wonderful.


    • Nandini April 6, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

      Thank You Estela. That is very kind of you to say πŸ™‚

  18. gregreilly April 6, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Reblogged this on Chef Reilly's Blog.

    • Nandini April 6, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog. That was very king of you Chef Reilly!

  19. Loretta April 6, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    I haven’t kept up with the Reader in a bit Nandini, so I’ve missed some of your postings. It’s just been so busy, I can barely get together one post per week these days, and even that is a struggle :). When the warmer weather hits, it’s working in the garden for me. This beef curry is so lovely, love all the spices, really mouth-watering. Do you use a pressure cooker for the beef? I don’t own one, but just wondered. I see you’ve changed your look on the blog too, it looks pretty good too! πŸ™‚

    • Nandini April 6, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

      Loretta, it’s so nice to hear from you. I missed you around :-). I know its been hectic for you. I do own a pressure cooker but I feel when the meat is cooked in it, the gravy is always too watery for me so I prefer the old long way of just letting the meat simmer and gravy thicken. And thanks for noticing the change. I am happy you liked it :-). Take care and regards.

      • Loretta April 7, 2015 at 5:17 am #

        Well spring time always brings added responsibilities. I have been posting each week, and I try to keep up with other blogs, but sometimes I lag behind. Still, I’m glad I’m more or less caught up with the ones I follow regularly. πŸ™‚

  20. FOOD IS LIFE! April 6, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    Looks delicious!

    • Nandini April 6, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

      Thank You so much Karina πŸ™‚

  21. Linda Creation April 6, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Woooooooow droooling Nadu

    • Nandini April 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

      Thank You Linda πŸ™‚

  22. Dana April 6, 2015 at 11:55 pm #

    Beef beef beef yes.
    IΒ΄ve grown a new like for beef and this looks delicious
    Have a lovely day

    • Nandini April 8, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

      Thank You Dana. That is so awesome. You should give this a try sometimes :-).

  23. sewloveable April 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    This looks soooo good!!!!😍

    • Nandini April 8, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  24. Su Leslie April 9, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    Thanks for following ZimmerBitch and introducing me to your blog. I can’t wait to cook some of these recipes πŸ™‚

    • Nandini April 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

      You are so welcome Su Leslie πŸ™‚

  25. Mrs Organic Fit April 15, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    Looks delicious!!!!

  26. El cocinero y su camara April 25, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    The recipe sounds very tasty and the pictures look yummy!!!

    • Nandini April 29, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

      Thank You so much πŸ™‚


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