The word “thattukada” brings me a lot of good memories. Am sure that every Malayalee has tried this local fast food version at least once. The thattukada is a road side eatery / fast food outlet / hawker food. If you’ve been to Kerala, you can’t help but notice these thattukadas where porottas are made and I should say that sight itself is kinda appetizing!
My brother is a thattukada fan and he is the one who introduced me to this world of fiery n colorful thattu specials. He used to get parcels for me. His thattu favorites were squid curry, fried rice, kappa n meen curry and beef curry.
He had the habit of checking the dinner menu at home and if he was not happy, he’d immediately take his bike n go n fetch some thattukada specials. I used to wait to see the expression on his face to decide whether I should start having dinner or wait for those fiery thattu specials ;)
I guess spiciness is the trademark of thattu dishes and this curry is no exception. Please adjust the masala measurements to suite your spice tolerance level.
Here comes the recipe:
- Beef - ½ kg, cut into small pieces
- Ginger - 1 tbsp
- Garlic - 10 cloves
- Pepper - ½ tsp
- Chili powder - ½ tbsp
- Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
- Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
- Fennel (perumjeerakam) -1/2 tsp
- Cardamom - 2
- Star anise (thakolam) - 1
- Cinnamon - 1 small piece
- Cloves - 2
- Onion - 2, sliced finely
- Ginger - 1 small piece
- Green chili - 2
- Curry leaves
- Coconut oil
- Grind together ginger, garlic, pepper,chilli, coriander, turmeric powders,fennel, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and cloves. Heat the oil in a pan/pressure cooker. Add onion, ginger, green chilli, curry leaves and salt and saute. When the onions become soft add ground masala & fry till the oil starts appearing. Add the beef and 1 cup of water. Cook the beef till it becomes tender and the gravy is thick.
- It tastes great with parotta, roti, puttu.