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Koorka Irachi – Beef Curry with Chinese Potatoes


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Koorka Irachi

A peppery Beef Curry with the addition of these earthy bites ( Koorka) or Chinese potatoes. Koorka Irechi is great served with Paratta or Rice. The color is darker, without the red tinge of chili powder. The taste, reminiscent of a beef or mutton soup. Different and Yummy!

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Recipe Name: Koorka Irachi 
Recipe Type: Beef Recipe
Author: Shana @ Recipes ‘R’ Simple 
Prep time: 40
Cook time: 20 min
Total time:
Yield: 6 servings

Koorka Irachi


  • 800- 850 gms beef, cut into small bite size pieces
  • ¾ cup, peeled, rinsed chinese potato / koorka cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 up shallots
  • 2 Tbsp garlic
  • 2 Tbsp ginger
  • 2 small green chillies or 1 long green chili, sliced
  • 2-3 stalks of curry leaves
  • salt to taste  – roughly 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp plus ¼ tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp plus ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 3 tsp coriander powder
  • 4-5 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3-4 Tbsp, fresh, chopped coriander


  • Rinse the beef pieces thoroughly. Leave to drain.
  • Add the beef to a pressure cooker with
    • the  black pepper powder
    • 1 tsp of the garam masala powder
    • ½ tsp of the turmeric powder
    • 1 stalk of curry leaves
    • salt
  • Rub the ingredients into the beef well with hands. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes. Meanwhile chop up remaining ingredients.
  • Add the ginger and garlic to a small food processor and chop semi- finely. Remove and set aside. Next add the shallots and chop similarly.
  • Once the beef  has marinated, add just a small quantity of water and cook the beef in the pressure cooker on high with the weight placed o the steam vent.
  • When you hear the first steam whistle, reduce heat to medium and cook for another 8 steam whistles.
  •  Manually cool the cooker under running water and open. If there is any water left, return to stove and cook till the water runs dry without burning.
  • Remove the beef to a plate and rinse out the cooker.
  • Return to stove. Add oil and heat.
  •  Add the chopped ginger and garlic first. When soft, add the shallots, green chili and curry leaves. Sauté till the onions are lightly colored.
  • Add the coriander powder, chili powder and remaining turmeric and garam masala. Toss till aromatic.
  • Add the partially cooked beef and turn up the heat. Toss continuously till the beef is coated with the sautéed ingredients.
  • Add in the chopped chinese potatoes now.
  • Also add a small quantity (¼ cup or so) of hot water and place the lid and pressure regulator back on. Cook for a further 3-4 steams. (This varies depending on the initial tenderness of the once cooked beef. Use discretion).
  • The beef should be tender and the ‘koorka’ must be tender with some bite.
  • Garnish with some fresh coriander leaves.

Koorka Irachi


Key Ingredients: Beef, Chinese Potatoes, Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Green Chillies, Curry Leaves, Oil, Spices, Salt.

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