My loving aunt Celie Coutinho made the best Pot Roast. Although this is called Roast Beef in India, it’s prepared in a pressure cooker and it cooked till tender with a lot of spices.This recipe was handwritten by my aunt and given to me only months before she passed away suddenly.

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Pot Roast or Roast Beef


  • Beef Chunk 1 kg, 2.2 lbs
  • Juice of 1.5 limes
  • 1 tsp each Chilli powder, Turmeric & ground Cumin powder
  • 30 crushed black Peppercorns
  • ½ cup Oil
  • 1 cup sliced red Onions
  • 6 Kashmiri Chillies
  • ¼ cup(4 tbsps) each Ginger & Garlic paste
  • 3- 4 tbsps Vinegar
  • 2 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 20 – 30 cloves
  • 2 potatoes sliced and fried
  • ¼ cup chopped Coriander


  1. Cut the beef into 4 pieces and marinate with the lime juice, salt, cumin, turmeric & chilli powder and the peppercorns
  2. Add the Ginger & Garlic paste and the Vinegar
  3. Add the cinnamon and pierce the meat with the cloves
  4. Marinate overnight
  5. Heat oil and saute the onions
  6. Break the Kashmiri chillies into smaller pieces and add to the onions
  7. Either move the onions to one side or remove them and brown the beef chunks
  8. Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles
  9. Remove the chunks and cool
  10. Cook the gravy till it thickens up
  11. Slice the beef and return it to the gravy, adding the precooked potatoes and extra pepper
  12. Garnish with chopper coriander