Beef Curry (Thattukada Style)

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:

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Beef Curry (Thattukada Style)

Kerala street food style Beef recipe. A spicy beef curry recipe with bold flavors and spices. Goes well with Kerala parotta.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Keyword: Kerala Beef Curry, Beef Curry, Thattukada Beef Curry, Kerala Beef Recipe
Servings: 3 -4
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1/2 kg Beef (cut into small pieces)

For Masala

  • 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
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut oil


  • Grind together ginger, garlic, pepper,chilli, coriander, turmeric powders, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, and cloves.
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  • Heat the oil in a pan/pressure cooker. Add onion, ginger, green chilli, curry leaves, and salt. Cook till onion browns.
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  • When the onions become soft add ground masala & fry till the oil starts appearing.
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  • Add the beef and 1 cup of water.
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  • Cook the beef till it becomes tender and the gravy is thick.
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  • It tastes great with parotta, roti, puttu.
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