Kerala Style Nadan Beef Fry/Ularthiyathu

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This page is dedicated to my friends Nisha and Lakshmy, who were asking for this recipe. Both of them are my college friends. Though we live in different parts of the world, thank you guys for keeping this friendship alive. 

Preparation time: 45 minutes | Difficulty Level: Medium


    • Beef – 1 kg
    • Coconut slices – 1 cup
    • Onions (chopped) – 2 cups
    • Garlic (chopped) – 2½ tablespoons
    • Ginger (chopped) – 2½ tablespoons
    • Tomato (sliced) – 1 medium sized
    • Green Chillies (slit) – 2
    • Coriander powder – 2 tablespoons
    • Kashmiri Chilly powder – 1 tablespoon
    • Garam Masala – ½ teaspoon
    • Pepper powder – ½ teaspoon
    • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
    • Vinegar – ½ teaspoon (optional)
    • Curry leaves – 2 stems
    • Oil – As needed
    • Salt – As needed
How To

Normally I get the beef sliced from the shop itself. It will be good if your slices are not too big. I make ¾ to 1 inch slices. If the slices are too big, the masala will not blend in properly.You can adjust the spice level to your taste. In other beef fry/olarthiyathu recipes you may not find tomatoes being added. When ever I make beef fry, I make it a point to add few tomato slices. I like the flavour. This is again up to you. If you decide not to add tomatoes you can add vinegar instead. For me vinegar is optional and tomatoes are a must J. Again this is a personal choice.

  • Wash the beef slices properly and pressure cook adding salt. You need not add water. But if you are not confident enough, add little bit water to avoid the risk of getting it burnt. The cooking time depends on the type of beef you get. Normally I wait for 2-3 whistles, open it and check whether it is cooked properly. Take care not to overcook it. And don’t throw away if you have extra water in cooker. If there is any water left, after pressure cooking, cook till the water is dried. Keep the cooked beef aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the coconut slices till golden brown. Keep is aside.
  • Now add more oil if needed and saute the onions, garlic, ginger. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomato slices, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute till onion becomes golden brown.
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, and kashmiri chilly powder. Saute well.
  • Now add the cooked beef and fried coconut slices. Mix well.
  • Add vinegar and mix well. This is optional.
  • Spinkle garam masala and pepper powder. Mix well.
  • Taste and see if you need to add salt.
  • Stir over low flame, till it is roasted well. Add oil in this stage if needed. If you don’t add oil and stir fry for a long time, the beef slices will become harder. So make sure you add oil when required.

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