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Easy Beef and Chickpea Curry (pressure cooker or not)

April  6, 2014
0 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

This recipe for curried beef and chickpeas brings me back to my childhood and my mom's Sunday supers. In the pressure cooker it just takes half the time!

If you don't have a pressure cooker, this recipe is incredibly easy to adapt back to a normal stove mode. Just add about a 1.5 cups of water and simmer on medium low for 1-1.5 hours, until meat is tender. Stirring from time to time to make sure food doesn't stick. —Flirty Foodie

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 pound stewing beef, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 inch knob of ginger, grated
  • 1 clove of garlic, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • salt to taste
  1. Heat oil in pressure cooker over medium high heat. Once hot add meat, curry powder, and ginger, turning occasionally until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add coconut milk, chickpeas, salt (and water to cover if making on normal pot). Mix well, ensuring to get any bits that may have stuck while meat was cooking.
  3. Add lid to pressure cooker. Cook until the pot comes to pressure, then reduce to low and cook for 20-25 more minutes. When time's up turn off stove, reduce pressure and open lid. Check for salt. Serve warm with rice, naan or paratha.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • Amanda Moose
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  • Beautiful, Memorable Food
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  • Flirty Foodie
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  • fearlessem

8 Reviews

Amanda M. March 15, 2015
how much water do you use?
Flirty F. March 16, 2015
If you're using a pressure cooker, the coconut milk will be all the liquid you need. If you're cooking it on the stove top, then add enough water to cover all the ingredients. Hope that helps!
Beautiful, M. April 7, 2014
Looks fantastic, especially if made with Trini curry! No better taste. Do you use coconut milk in all of your curries-- my husband and family do not.
Flirty F. April 12, 2014
My mom always makes it with coconut milk so I do the same, though I realize many Trinidadians don't. (And yes definitely Trini curry!)
fearlessem April 6, 2014
And does cooking pre-cooked chickpeas in the pressure cooker work? Don't they just turn to mush?
Flirty F. April 7, 2014
It actually does! I've made it with both store bought canned chickpeas and home soaked and previously cooked chickpeas. :-)
fearlessem April 6, 2014
Is that amount of coconut milk right? One Tablespoon?
Flirty F. April 7, 2014
Thanks for catching that, I was rushing to catch a flight, but wanted to post it before leaving... Making correction now