Easy Midweek Meals, Pressure Cooker Beef Curry


Cooking easy midweek meals is vital when you’re a crazy busy family like us. But do you know a family that’s not crazy busy? Yup not sure I do either.

Today I want to share how to make this delicious, easy Pressure Cooker Beef Curry with you.

It’s not the preparation I struggle with it’s the cooking. You know the juggling the actual food in a pan with checking homework, changing the tumble dryer, putting washing away, feeding the dog. I could go on! But I know you get it because it is most probably your life too. But still we need/want to provide our families with tasty, nutritious food.

So sometimes the food in the pan gets neglected, sticks a bit and needs rescuing with a cup of water (I can’t actually believe I am admitting that). Because I am just to busy doing other stuff. I don’t want labour intensive meals midweek, I want easy, but still freshly cooked and definitely tasty.

Beef Masala Recipe

Pressure cooker curry

home made curry made in the pressure cooker www.extraordinarychaos.com

And I have found just the thing with the Prestige Pressure Cooker.

I recently attended the loveliest event with the fab Prestige Team and the ever so gorgeous Stacey Solomon to see a Pressure Cooker in action and to see just how easy they are to use. Having never used one before I was intrigued.

I remember my Nan having one, she loved a gadget. But had never used a pressure cooker myself. Nor did I know how cooking in a Prestige Smart Plus Pressure Cooker would take a third of the time to cook than normal. Thus saving me valuable time at the one time of day I really need it. Also as they lock in the nutrients and flavour,  the food is actually tastier.

The results at the event were great, and as we watched Stacey prepare Salmon Risotto in no time at all, which cooked in 10 minutes, I kid you not! I was excited to give the Pressure Cooker a try. Click here for more recipes and ideas.

To put the Pressure Cooker to the test I decided to make a Beef Masala Curry.

The reason I chose to make beef masala from scratch is that beef is tricky to cook. Generally I like it pink because I hate it tough. So I knew if this baby was what I was hoping,  then beef would be cooked but soft and tender. I also like to make my sauces from scratch and with a little tweaking this recipe was perfecter the pressure cooker.

Before I share the recipe, which turned out perfect! I mean it could have come from an Indian restaurant it was that good (if I don’t say so myself). The meat was tender and melted in your mouth, and the masala paste was glossy and full of flavour.

Easy home made midweek meals, home made curry in the pressure cooker

Pressure Cooker Beef Masala Curry www.extraordinarychaos.com

I want to tell you a little about this oh so wonderful Pressure Cooker. 

Because I have to tell you, at first it looked a little scary, but it’s not. And it’s safe and simple to use.

The Prestige Pressure Cooker works on an induction hob. A question I totally forgot to ask! But it works perfectly.

It works by locking in the steam and circulating it around the pan at pressure, which keeps in all the flavour. Yet it is safe as it has a mechanical locking device, this means when it is cooking at high pressure you can’t open it. There is a pressure regulator on the cooker, which rises when it is at pressure. Of which there are 2 pressure settings 8lb and 12lb to give you more control when cooking.

When you have finished cooking there is a directional pressure release valve, this enables you to control the direction of the steam away from you and the pressure regulator tells you when all the pressure has been released and you can open your cooker.

Thus meaning the pressure cooker is happily cooking away whilst you get on with the other million jobs you need to do at dinnertime. And this is what I LOVE you don’t have to open it and stir it. As long as it has the right amount of liquid in, it cooks and does not stick. Meaning you can just open and serve.

Beef Masala made from scratch in 40 minutes

How to make quick and easy Pressure Cooker Beef Masala


  • 700g pack pack of diced beef
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 400g tin of chopped tomatoes, mashed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 50 ml beef stock
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Fresh chopped coriander to garnish
  • Pomegranate seeds to garnish 


  1. Heat the oil in your Prestige pressure cooker with the hob on high (Electric 9)
  2. Add the chopped onions, garlic, spices, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook the onions for a couple of minutes until they become translucent
  4. Then stir in the mashed tomatoes and brown sugar, bring to a boil.
  5. Pour the mixture into the food processor and blend all into a paste for 10 seconds.
  6. Now brown the meat on all sides
  7. Pour in the spice paste
  8. Add the lemon juice and beef stock
  9. Add the lid and once the pressure regulator rises, cook for 30 minutes on medium heat (Electric 6-7)
  10. Serve with rice and garnish with coriander and pomegranate seeds.

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  1. 3rd October 2018 / 5:33 pm

    This looks delicious, and I only wish the internet could have a scratch n sniff function as I bet it smelt amazing. Any gadget that saves me time cooking during the week gets my vote x

    • SarahJChristie 3rd October 2018 / 9:41 pm

      Tracey its AMAZING I made corn beef hash and cooked it 15 minutes tonight! The Masala was so amazing, really authentic x

  2. 4th October 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Ooh yum – this sounds amazing! We need to get a pressure cooker, especially now that our new induction hob’s in.

  3. 19th October 2018 / 11:55 am

    That looks and sounds delicious Sarah!! Also, I love how quick it is. Definitely need one of these in my life.

  4. 19th October 2018 / 12:16 pm

    This looks delicious! I really must buy a pressure cooker, I’m fed up of spending ages cooking at the end of a busy day! x

  5. 19th October 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Oh love a good pressure cooker need one desperately used my old one till it went out. Lol this sounds so tasty too!

  6. 20th October 2018 / 7:13 am

    I’ve never used a pressure cooker before. It sounds like it’s almost the opposite of a slow cooker (never used one of those either!) – cooking things in half the time rather than taking all day. Anything that makes the evening mealtime cooking less stressful is a good thing – I bet lots of people will be adding this to their Christmas list this year.

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