Beef fry illathey enthu Christmas and Easter?? Yes, without the Kerala style spicy beef fry, no feast is complete…..Sorry….I know there are some laws related to beef off late, but Gods own country needs this…..Beef has been a regular at all our homes.My ammachi’s beef fry was to die for…Nothing could beat that. My mum credits that taste to everything fresh…fresh beef, fresh spices…..
Although this recipe will reach nowhere close to that…this was amma’s easier version of making beef fry…As I ve mentioned before, my mom managed work and home with a skill that i admired a lot. So her recipes were always simple and less complicated…The pressure cooker was her kitchen friend, as it reduced her work by half, and made her life easier..
This recipe is extremely simple, just add all the ingredients into the pressure cooker, and voila..It will work its magic…Beef fry ready..This usually goes well with everything idiyappam, puttu, moru kachiyathu and nice kutthari rice….also with some fresh toddy…so says the rest of my family..
I don’t have too many pics, nor could I do justice to these pics, cause I simply couldn’t resist……
So here comes the recipe from the kitchens of South India..>Enjoy!!! Dont finish it at one shot….Somehow, it tastes even better the next day…..
- Prep Time : 10 minutes
- Cook Time : 30 to 40 minutes
- Yield : 4 to 6
- Beef - 1/2 Kg
- Pearl Onions/ Kunhulli - handful
- Curry Leaves - a generous bunch
- Ginger - 1 tbsp, crushed
- Garlic - 1 tbsp, crushed
- Crushed red chilli seeds - 2 tbsp
- Pepper powder - 1 1/2 tsp
- Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
- Garam Masala - 1 1/2 tsp
- Vinegar - 2 tsp
- Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tsp
- Green chillies - 3-4
- Final tempering
- Small coconut pieces - 1/2 a cup (fried in coconut oil)
- Curry leaves - few sprigs
- Coconut Oil - for extra frying...
- Wash and clean the beef... Add all the ingredients (except the final tempering items) to a huge bowl and marinate the beef in it for half an hour.
- Pressure cook till done....REmove from fire. Check to see if its cooked well..If theres excess water, keep the pressure cooker open and cook till the water has drained.
- Heat a skillet. Add Coconut oil...Fry the coconut cuts till they are browned..Remove from the pan, and let it drain excess oil in a tissue...To the remaining oil, add curry leaves, and some more shallots..Add the cooked beef to this and give it a nice stir......Keep it on low flame, and let the beef fry for a few minutes...Adjust the salt and pepper levels here, and add the fried coconut cuts...Add more coconut oil, if needed...
Notes and Rules:
- Only and only use Coconut oil....Else it doesnt taste the same....
- Shallots/ Pearl Onions/ Kunhulli is the star of the recipe here....No substitutes for that too...
- If you dont have pressure cooker, you can cook beef in a heavy bottomed pan, just add some water, and it should take around 45 minutes to cook..
- The next star is Curry Leaves. When im doet cooking, I usually take out most of the browned curry leaves, and fresh ones before serving....