Kerala Style Beef Fry

The quintessential Kerala Beef Fry!! This recipe has a cult status among Malayalees. Most households follow more or less the same recipe with some minor variations.

It's a perfect side dish for Rice, Veg Pulao, Coconut Rice, Jeera Rice, Appam, Puttu, Chapathi, etc;

Here is the recipe:

Beef Ularthiyathu
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Beef Olathiyathu

How to make Kerala style Beef Ularthiyathu. Beef cooked with spices and onion, ginger and garlic. Cooked beef is slow-roasted in coconut oil.
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Course: Appetiser, Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, Keralan, South Indian
Servings: 3 -4
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1/2 kg Beef (cut into small pieces)
  • 1.5 tbsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp Meat Masala
  • 2 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Garlic
  • 1 big Onion
  • Curry leaves
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup Coconut pieces
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds


  • Marinate cleaned beef with all ingredients except mustard seeds and coconut oil. Pressure cook the marinated beef with 1/4 cup water. Once the pressure drops, open the cooker and cook the beef on low flame till the gravy is dried completely.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan. Splutter mustard seeds & add curry leaves. After that add the cooked beef & stir until it becomes dark brown colour.
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29 thoughts on “Kerala Style Beef Fry”

  1. Hi Maria,
    This recipe looks delicious. I have beef with me right now. Want to try it out.
    Havenot tried beef dishes mych.
    It has not been mentioned in the recipe how to use -ginger and garlic (paste or crushed)
    -the coconut bits.
    Are these added along with marinate? Any frying needed before marination?
    Pls clarify.


    • Hi Mira,

      You can use crushed ginger and garlic and coconut bits is used along with the marinade.

      Hope your beef comes out well.

      Happy cooking and all the best :)


      • Thanks for the fast reply.
        Sorry, need to know one more thing.
        In this recipe Onion is also given.
        Is it to be sauted or just used raw in the marinade?

      • Hi Maria,
        I did cook beef today. It came out well. My hubby liked it a lot.
        Sauted onions before cooking marinated beef.
        The dish was bit spicy hot… The chilli… We did like it but bit hot for my 2 kids.
        Thanks for this wonderful recipe.
        All the best

        • Hi Mira,

          Good to know that you liked the beef. Yeah beef recipe is usually on the spicier side. May be next time, you can adjust it to suit your requirements :) Sorry I couldnt reply to your doubt about onion earlier, I was away on a trip. You can either add onions along with the marinade or you can saute the onions first and add cooked beef.

  2. hi maria
    i tryed ur beef ollathiyathu it ws very tasty n v all enjoyd evry bdy liked it thankyou 4 giving me dis gud recipe
    actully iam an it illitarate dnt knw hw to upload d potos wh i made,frankly speakin i dnt try to do it
    dnt wory i am gona make ur chemeen biriyani 2moro i il defnitly comment u n ill try to put fotos as well

    • Hi Holin,

      Thank you for trying the recipes from here. I’m really happy to know that you like them. I do hope you get to upload the pics also soon :)


  3. hai maria,   your reciepies are very interesting…..some of them i tried..  it was a good experience        shabna aslam

  4. hi there, im a new bee from dubai, (well just staying in here) happy to found your blog, i may try one of your dishes one day and for sure will let you know the outcome of it…
    keep up…and best wishes!!!

    • Hi Mrs.Ravi,

      Welcome to MariasMenu! Thank you for taking time to write to me. I do hope you find the recipes here interesting! Please do try it when time permits & I’d love to hear from you.

      Happy cooking!


  5. hai maria

    ur all recepies are excellent. i want to ask u one thing have u stopped putting new recepies. i dint see any new recepies

    • Hi Jeevita,

      Thank you so much dear :)

      I was on vacation for sometime. Hoping to be more active soon. Thanks a lot for asking.


  6. Dear Maria,
    You are a skilled writer! Your language is excellent.
    my wife and myself tried this dish and it made us behave like a pro in front of our friends.. Thanks again for sharing your culinary expertise.

    • Hi Selene,

      Thanks for your sweet comment :) Its really nice to know that you liked the recipe and moreover my writing skills ;) especially since I consider myself a very average writer.

      Please do try other recipes too when time permits.


  7. Hi Maria,

    I am very much happy to say that your recipes are really very tasty, mmmmmm yummy. Now -a-days trying different recips.. Keep it up

  8. hi maria..i just came to know you through a news paper..i went to your site and i was quite impressed by your honest and sincere efforts t ospread the true sprit of cooking .

    i just wanted to get your help regarding a dish that my son likes …FRIED RICE.I HAVE FOLLOWED MANY RECEIPIES BUT I HAVE NOT YET GOT THE RESTAURANT TASTE.

    • Hi Susan,

      Thank you so much for visiting this space and also for taking time to leave a comment here.

      I’ve posted 2 fried rice recipes here. You can see it below:

      I use basmati rice for fried rice. Its better if you cook it just right, over cooking of rice is not ideal for this. Also left over rice is good for fried rice. You can prepare the rice one day in advance and follow the rest of the recipe.

      However I’m not sure whether it will be same as the restaurant ones, because I think most of the restaurants use ajinomoto, it gives the flavor. I dont use ajinomoto in cooking.

      Hope your son will like it…

      All the best!!


  9. It is simply delicious…this is our special beef hubby loves it too..infact he suprise me by cooking this receipe..

    thanks maria..

  10. Hi Maria,

    Tried this today…was simply superb…my hubby liked it very much….oru special THNX FOR SHARING ende husbandinde vaga… :)

    • Hi Kavita,

      Thank you so much dear :) I’m really happy that you are trying different recipes from here.

      Husbandinodu ente welcome paranjekku :)


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