Once you’ve added the coconut milk, be sure not to boil it too long or else the milk may curdle. You can substitute yogurt or plain milk for the coconut milk for health reasons. Thank you to Chacko’s Kitchen for submitting this recipe.
Peel, wash, & cut the potato & carrot into 1″ cubes.
Heat 2 tbsp cooking oil in a non-stick pan. Add the Garam Masala ingredients (cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, & star anise) & saute for 1 minute.
Add shallots (reserving about 1 tbsp) & saute until translucent, taking about 5 minutes.
Add the drained, cubed beef, potato, & carrot along with the turmeric, salt, & pepper. Saute until all sides are seared & lightly caramelized and browned.
Add the tomatoes, green chilies, & ½ the coconut milk. Transfer to a pressure cooker & cook on high heat until 1 whistle, reducing to a medium flame. Continue to cook for 20 minutes & then 10 more minutes on low flame.
In a separate non-stick pan, heat the remaining oil & saute the reserved shallots & curry leaves. Add the remainder of the coconut milk & bring to a boil on medium heat. Remove from heat.
Place all paste ingredients into food processor & process into a paste consistency.
In a separate 2½ qt heavy bottom sauce pan, pour the coconut milk. Add the chicken, any remaining paste, & the remaining ingredients & stir to mix.
Bring everything to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover saucepan & simmer for 45 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
Stir occasionally to make sure the chicken is evenly & thoroughly cooked. Service or jasmine or basmati rice. Also good over couscous or quinoa.
Chef’s Note: This recipe is even better the next day! It’s actually very easy to make & is a good 1 pot meal. It sticks to your ribs. I sometimes serve it with a fresh spring green salad with olive oil & balsamic vinegar.