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 suit your spice tolerance level.
Here comes the recipe:
Beef Curry (Thattukada Style)
- 1/2 kg Beef (cut into small pieces)
- 1 tbsp Ginger
- 10 cloves Garlic
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 1/2 tbsp Chili powder
- 1 tbsp Coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp Fennel
- 2 Cardamom
- 1 Star anise (thakolam)
- 1 small piece Cinnamon
- 2 Cloves
- 2 med – big Onion (sliced finely)
- 1 small piece Ginger
- 2 Green chili
- 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. Cook till onion browns.
- 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.