I've been wanting to update the Kerala Beef Fry recipe posted here, for a long time. With all the hue and cry happening over the “beef ban” in India, now, seems like a good time ;)
Originally, I was planning to update the earlier post, but with the new developments (read beef ban), I thought this deserve a separate post altogether. If you are a regular visitor here, you must know that, I've proclaimed my undying love for beef many times.
If I may borrow a Malayalam movie line, I can sum up every Malayalee's reaction to Beef ban in one sentence ; “ethu njangale udeshichannu, njangale thanne udeshichannu, njangale mathram udeshichannu”. From what i've heard and read, it's not yet clear about the whole “beef ban” thing. I'm eagerly waiting to see how it unfolds.
Meanwhile, if you like beef and if you get beef where you live, go ahead and make this “kick-ass” beef fry. The freshly roasted and ground spices takes the beef fry to another level. The addition of small onion, enhances the flavour of the dish. If you are a beef lover like me, it's a must try recipe. You can also make this with Mutton and it tastes great!
Check out the video of this Beef Fry recipe below:
Here is the recipe…
- 1 kg Beef / Mutton (cut into bite size pieces)
- 2 tsp Fennel seeds
- 1 tsp Whole black pepper
- 4 Cardamom
- 4 Cloves
- 2 small – med sticks Cinnamon
- 2 petals from 1 Star anise
- a pinch Cumin
- 3 medium Onion (sliced)
- 2 tbsp Chopped ginger & garlic (each)
- 4-5 Green chilli (slit lengthwise)
- 1/2 cup Coconut bits (thengakothu)
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 3 tsp +1 tsp Coriander powder
- 15-20 Small / pearl onion (sliced)
- Curry leaves
- Coconut oil
- Dry roast fennel seeds, whole black pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin and star anise for 3-4 mins or till the roasted aroma comes. Let it cool and grind to a fine powder, using grinder or in a mortar and pestle.
- Marinate cleaned beef with 2 tsp of ground spices, turmeric powder, coriander powder (3 tsp), onion, ginger, garlic, green chilli, coconut bits, salt and curry leaves. Add 1/2 cup water to this and pressure cook the beef till done (refer notes).
- Heat oil in a deep and wide pan. Add sliced small onion and curry leaves. Fry till the small onion becomes brown. Add 1/2 – 1 tsp of ground spices and 1 tsp of coriander powder. Fry for 2 mins. Add cooked beef along with the stock (cooking water).
- Bring it to boil, reduce flame to lowest. Cover and cook for 7 – 10 mins. Remove the lid and continue to cook till the beef becomes darker in colour. It might take another 8 -10 mins. Add 1-2 tbsp of hot water in between to retain the moisture. You can also add oil in between. Cook till the beef is roasted nicely and is dark in colour. Please note that the colour deepens as it rests.