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Batavia Indonesian Beef Curry Soup

  • Author: Rosie
  • Prep Time: 40
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Indonesian


Gulai Tikungan or Gultik is a famous street food in Indonesia
Indonesian Beef Curry Soup - a curry with meat, and served it with rice and kerupuk crackers.



Paste Ingredients

6 candle nuts

2 big chilli

2 stalks lemongrass

1 turmeric - 1 inch

1 ginger - 1 inch

1 galangal 1 inch

2 red onions or 12 small shallots


Main Ingredients

2 teaspoons tamarind paste

1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

2 tablespoons coriander powder

1 tablespoon cumin

2 tablespoons raw sugar

½ teaspoon nutmeg powder

1 stick of cinnamon

2 star anise

6 kaffir lime leaves

5 cloves

4 cardamom pods

1 teaspoon pepper

2 teaspoons salt

33 oz water (1 litre)

14 oz coconut cream (400g)

3 tablespoons oil



  1. While there are lots of ingredients the method is really quite simple.
  2. Slice the turmeric, garlic, ginger, galangal, and red onion and put in a food processor
  3. Peel the outer layer of the lemongrass and chop off the ends. Give the lemongrass a bash with the end of the knife to help release the flavor
  4. Slice open the chilli and deseed them (because if we leave in the seeds it may make it too hot) and then slice them and add to the food processor
  5. Also, add some of your water just to make it easy to blend into a paste.
  6. Slice the meat into large pieces (see picture)
  7. Turn on the instant pot to saute hot and add some oil.
  8. Tip in the paste and cook for about 3-4 minutes stirring well. You can tell when it is cooked as the fragrant smell arrives and the color darkens slightly.
  9. Then add in coriander and cumin powder and continue stirring.
  10. Next take the kaffir lime leaves and crush them in your hand as you add them.
  11. Now add all the other ingredients adding last the beef, water, and ½ the coconut cream.
  12. With the liquid added - again stir well so that the paste is mixed in with the liquid.
  13. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes and 10 minutes natural release
  14. After cooking add the rest of the coconut cream and bring to a boil for about 2 minutes
  15. Then cut up the beef and add to the soup along with some rice


Can Also serve with some crakers like saltines


  • Calories: 245