Succulent tender pieces of beef cooked with aromatic Indian spices. What’s not to love about this Kerala beef fry, or in Malayalam “beef ularthiyathu”? Nothing at all, to be honest.
As a family favorite, this is one of the recipes I learned to cook when I started my cooking adventures. During those initial years of kitchen experiments, I used to add meat masala to the beef. But I was not happy with the end result.
After playing around with the recipe for a while, I discovered that using whole spices and garam masala gives it much more flavour. There you go. Swapping meat masala with whole spice guaranteed flavorful beef fry that everyone loved.
To make this Kerala beef fry, simply cook beef along with ground spices, onions and tomatoes in your pressure cooker. Then stir fry in whole spices until it gets a deep dark brown color. Done!
The coconut bits are totally optional in this recipe, but it gives a crunchy texture and nice contrast to the whole dish.
I had shared this recipe here on the blog back in 2012, but I thought I’d share it again with new pictures.
Enjoy this Kerala beef fry with your next lunch or dinner!
The first step is to cook beef in pressure cooker along with all the ground spices (turmeric, coriander, red chili powder, black pepper powder, and garam masala), onions, tomatoes, a sprig of curry leaves, coconut slices, green chilies (if using), ginger, garlic and enough salt. Place the pressure cooker over high heat. Remove from heat after the sixth or seventh whistle. Let the pressure cooker cool slightly. Open it after all the steam escapes. Place the cooker again over medium-high heat (without the lid this time). Simmer until all water dries up. And this is (see the picture above) what you get.
Now heat oil in another pan. Add mustard seeds. Allow to pop. Add whole spices – cardamom, bay leaves, fennel seeds, cloves. Add 1 sprig of curry leaves. Fry for a minute.
Add shallots. Fry until browned. Add cooked beef. Fry over medium-high heat until it gets a dark brown color. The more you fry, the more color you will get.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
More Beef Recipes
- Kerala Duck Curry
- Spicy Lamb Stir Fry
- Kerala Mussels Fry or Kallumakkaya Fry or Kadukka Fry
- Kerala Prawns Fry