Beef Podi Masala (Beef Fry With Roasted Coconut Masala)

Beef Podi Masala (Beef Fry With Roasted Coconut Masala)

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Whenever I buy beef, it’s a challenge for me to try a new recipe with it. Being a hardcore fan of typical Kerala beef fry, I always end up making that. If you’ve ever tasted the Kerala beef fry, I’m sure you’ll agree with me. The very thought of it just makes my mouth water, huh!

Recently I had a chat with one of my veggie friends.. she was saying she turned veggie, after seeing a butchery very closely. For that matter, my Appa turned vegetarian at the age of 19, because of Ahimsa! Quite often, people are surprised when I tell them that my Appa is a vegetarian. Because a Nasrani (Christian) from Changanacherry, being a vegetarian is almost next to impossible for many! I also had similar feelings in the past but I never succeeded in becoming a vegetarian and I blame this beef fry. All my will power just vanishes with a snap, when a plateful of dark brownish blackish beef fry, flavoured with black pepper, curry leaves, thenga kothu (coconut bits) and coconut oil, do I need to say more?

Since it’s been ages I’ve posted a beef recipe here, I decided to try this recipe halfheartedly. Though beef fry still retains the top slot, this one is a close competition. It’s similar to the beef fry, but the fried coconut just gives a different flavour altogether. If you like beef, I recommend you try this recipe. You can have it as a starter or as a side dish. I had a bowl full of these while watching a movie ;)

Ready to roll with the recipe? Here you go with the step by step pictures…

Heat oil in a pan and roast the ingredients listed under ‘to roast and grind’ till it becomes golden brown in colour. Let it cool. Grind it to a fine powder without adding water…

Marinate the cleaned beef with chilli, coriander, turmeric powder, chopped onion, curry leaves and salt. Add ¼ cup water to this and pressure cook till beef is done (refer notes). If there is excess water, cook till it dries completely…

Heat oil in a pan and add the cooked beef, stir for a few mins. Add the ground masala. Add curry leaves and mix well. Cook till the beef is roasted well and the roasted powder starts separating from the beef…

 

Beef Podimasala
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Recipe type: Side dish, Appetiser
Cuisine: Kerala, Indian
Prep time: 
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Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • Beef - 500 gms (cut into bite size cubes)
  • Chilli powder - 1.5 - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 - 2.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  • Onion - 2 medium, chopped
  • Ginger & garlic - 1 - 1.5 tsp, each crushed/grated
  • Pepper powder - 1 tsp
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves
To roast and grind
  • Grated coconut - ½ - ¾ cup (refer notes)
  • Whole black pepper - ½ tsp
  • Fennel seeds (perumjeerakam) - ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds (uluva) - ¼ tsp
  • Cardamom - 4
  • Cloves - 5
  • Cinnamon - a small piece
  • Small/pearl onion - 10-12, sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pan and roast the ingredients listed under 'to roast and grind' till it becomes golden brown in colour. Let it cool. Grind it to a fine powder without adding water.
  2. Marinate the cleaned beef with chilli, coriander, turmeric powder, chopped onion, ginger, garlic,curry leaves and salt. Add ¼ cup water to this and pressure cook till beef is done (refer notes). If there is excess water, cook till it dries completely.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add the cooked beef, stir for a few mins. Add the ground masala. Add curry leaves and mix well. Cook till the beef is roasted well and the roasted powder starts separating from the beef. Add pepper powder and mix well. Remove from fire and serve hot with rice/parotta.
Notes
I used ¾ coconut and thought it was a bit excess. However the flavour of this dish comes from the roasted coconut masala. So I recommend you to try this for the first time with ¾ cup coconut itself, unless you are on a strict diet or so ;) I use Indian beef. Cook on high flame till the first whistle comes, then reduce the flame to low-medium and cook for another 10-12 whistles. Switch off the gas and let it remain closed for 20-25 mins. Do a taste test before adding the pepper powder in the end, see the spice level and add it accordingly.

 

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  • susan anish

    love the recipe….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Susan :)

  • susan anish

    Love the recipe….

  • http://profiles.google.com/primageorge Prima George

    Maria, you haven’t mentioned when to put in the ginger and garlic. Is the beef marinated with it?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Prima,

      Thanks for letting me know about it. Yep, it’s used in the marination stage. I’ve updated the recipe.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Shirley David

    Mouthwatering..can I try this with mutton? And yes I like u photographs a lot.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Shirley,

      Thanks dear! Though I havent tried it with mutton, I think you can do that.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Guest

    Hi Maria, tried the recipe with mutton it turned out great. The only blunder i made is over cooed the mutton a little.:)

    Gowry

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hey Gowry, So sorry for the late reply. I missed your comment somehow :((

      Thank you so much for trying this recipe and also for sharing the pic here :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Guest

    Hi Maria, tried this recipe with mutton,the taste turned out to be great. The only blunder i made is over cooked the mutton a little :-) .

  • gowry

    Hi Maria, tried this recipe with mutton, the tatse turned out to be great. The only blunder i did was over cooked the mutton a little :-).

  • Guest

    This is the picture

  • http://www.facebook.com/sivagowry.v Siva Gowry

    Hi Maria, I tried this recipe with mutton the taste turned out to be great but i made a little blunder, over cooked the mutton a little. Apart from that everything turned out great :-)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Gowry :) Good to know that you liked the recipe. Please email the pic to mjm@jpm.cc

  • http://www.facebook.com/sivagowry.v Siva Gowry

    I’m unable to upload the photo :-(

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thanks a lot Smitha dear :)

  • Praseetha

    Oh God…I am in love……I tried it today and it was beyond awesome..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Praseetha :) Glad that you liked it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/anisha.oommen.3 Anisha Oommen

    Thanks for giving the tiniest details,which is what makes the recipies really complete.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Anisha :) Nice to know that you find those helpful.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Anisha :) Nice to know that you find those helpful.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Flori

    I tried your Beef Podi Masala today and it was out of the world. Simple recipe that enhances the dinner settings ,esp when you have quests.

  • Flori

    I tried your Beef Podi Masala today and it was out of the world. Simple recipe that enhances the dinner settings ,esp when you have quests.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Flori :) it’s one of my fav recipes too.. I’m so happy that you also liked it much.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • RJ

    At times i used to cook special recipes…I too tried this wonderful dish today..it was awesome…everyone liked…Thanks a lot…I am also from a place near changanasserry….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks RJ! Great to know that this recipe worked well for you..

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks RJ! Great to know that this recipe worked well for you..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • dinesh mohanty

    No hindu would ever try this recipe, I hav unsubscribed from your website after seeing these. Not a single indian food website even the top listed, are showing these absurd recipes about beef.

    • jomin joseph

      Beef is an essential part of Kerala food.. I can understand a pure vegetarian feeling awkward and violent seeing a detailed non veg recipe.. But a selective non-vegetarian has no rights to crib about the other meat options. If you had the same feelings towards chicken,fish, pork or mutton, you too could have become a pure vegetarian. Food habits and preferences are a matter of personal choice and hence should be respected. no one is imposing anything here. You can take it or leave it. As simple as that. By the way Great work Maria!

      • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

        Thanks Jomin :)

    • Akki’s mommy

      There is a saying”kittatha mundiri pulikkum”,try a piece of it and u will convert to beefism from Hinduism.please stop associating food with religion.

      • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

        :)

    • Sherry George

      That’s so mean… You dont eat beef doesnt mean Maria should not post a recipie on her page…

      Maria, By the way I’m a hard core fan of your beef fry… I make it for all our small bachelor gettogethers and is always awsome… I learnt cooking from my mom but actually mastered it from ur site… I’ve cooked almost all my dishes after consulting your website once…

      Thanks a lot for sharing all this wonderful recipies…

      • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

        Hi Sherry,

        That’ so sweet of you :)
        Thank you so much for your comment! Great to know that you find MM helpful.

        Happy cooking!

        Cheers
        Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thanks Raj for the support :)

  • neethi

    Thanx Maria….for this wonderful recipe……am ur fan now….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Neethi :) Glad that you liked it. Thanks a lot for the comment!

  • Dhanya Samuel
    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Dhanya :) I saw the pic on your site, it looks great! Thank you for sharing this recipe on your blog.

      All the best!!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Geethu Alwin John

    hi maria

    love this recipe :) Its ‘ yummy yummy in my tummy ‘…God bless

    love Geethu

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you so much Geethu :)

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thanks Susan :) Nice to know that you find the recipes here well explained.

    Cheers
    Maria

  • jeslin

    your recipes are supercool .can u give me the recipe of puthina chutney??

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