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.
Check out the video recipe below
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.