Beef Curry (Thattukada Style)

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
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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  • 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.
  • 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.