Beef and Potatoes curry (Irachi urulakizhangu)

irachi uralakizhangu

Meat and potatoes cooked with spices in coconut milk- this dish goes perfectly with a variety of things, Appam, Chappatis, Porotta, Rice, Idiappam.

For those who don’t eat beef, the same can be made with chicken and for vegetarians, this can be made as easily with cauliflower.


Cuisine: Indian
Course: Main course
Serving: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 80 minutes



1/2 kilogram – Beef (cubed)/ chicken/ cauliflower

2 – Potatoes (peeled and cubed to 1 inch)

400 ml – Thick coconut milk

1 cup water

3 – onions (thinly sliced)

4 tablespoon – Ginger garlic paste

4 – Green chillies

1 tsp – Black mustard seeds

10-15 – Curry leaves


2 – Bay leaves

4 – cloves

2 – Cinnamon Sticks

4 – Green Cardamom pods (crushed lightly)

1 – Star Anise


2 tsp – Turmeric powder

1.5 tbsp – Coriander powder

1/2 tsp – Cumin (Jeera) powder

2 tbsp – Garam masala powder

1/2 tbsp – Red chilli powder (adjust this according to taste)

Salt – to taste

4 tbsp – Vegetable Oil



  1. Add one cup of water, one teaspoon of turmeric powder, 2 slit green chillies, 2/3 rd of the sliced onions and the washed, cleaned and cubed beef stew meat pieces to a pressure cooker.
  2. Close with weight and cook on high flame for 5-7 minutes till the whistle sounds.
  3. Reduce the flame to low so that it only simmers and keep it going for 30-40 minutes or until the meat is tender and turn off.The first three steps are specific to beef since it is a tougher meat. If using chicken or cauliflower you can cook them with the ingredients in step 1 in an open pan till they are cooked through
  4. Heat oil in a pot, and add in the mustard seeds. Wait for these to crackle
  5. Now add in the curry leaves and fry
  6. Add in the remaining slit green chillies and fry
  7. Add in the ingredients mentioned in the spices section and fry
  8. Now add in all the masala powders in the sequence mentioned in ingredients and saute to form a thick paste
  9. Add the ginger garlic paste to this and saute till cooked
  10. Add in the remaining onions and salt to taste and cook until tender
  11. To this, add the potatoes and the meat mix from step 3 (do not drain the liquid)
  12. Pressure cook for 2 whistles or until potatoes are tender
  13. Add the coconut milk and boil for 5-7 minutes
  14. Add salt to taste


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