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Rich Beef Curry! - Salt and Sour

Rich Beef Curry!


When I hear the word  beef curry, two things come to my mind.

Firstly, the best-est-est beef recipe I have ever tasted belongs to my amma. The dry roasted beef with lots of toasted coconut bits is not a thing to miss. Even the curry leaves are irresistable. Yumm! I do not know how to explain. ?

Warning: Skip the next paragraph if you hate unnecessary memories. I cannot help it, things keep on coming as I start writing. The flash back follows.. ?

After our ring exchange, my hubby(the then fiance) and I got the license to go for small outings together. But it was so disappointing that I was working at Kasargod and he was at Cochin. Unfortunately, these places happen to be 9 plus hours journey apart. So we got to  meet only once in a month. After many months of waiting, I had to attend my job training session which was luckily scheduled at Cochin. One fine day after training hours, we went for a shopping but later thet evening, it started raining heavily. Some how he managed to drive into a restaurant nearby and if my memory does not fail me, it was a shop named ‘Frys’. He ordered hot black tea, super soft puttu and this spicy beef curry! I was then assured that God has chosen the best pair for me, my then fiance, a foodie who thinks with a tummy and loves with his heart like me! ?

As it is said, ‘People who love to eat are always the best people’. ?

Now, let us take a quick look at the ingredients.

  1. Cubed beef pieces-500gms
  2. Chopped onions- 2 medium size
  3. Chopped tomato- 1 medium size
  4. Chopped green chillies-2 or more
  5. Crushed ginger- 2 inch piece.
  6. Crushed garlic- 7 cloves
  7. Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  8. Chilli powder-1 tsp
  9. Coriander powder-1/4 tsp
  10. Garam masala- 1 tsp
  11. Thick coconut milk- 1/4 cup
  12. Thin coconut milk- 1/2 cup.
  13. Salt to taste.
  14. Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp or more
  15. Curry leaves, bay leaves and oil for seasoning

Method of preparation:

  • Pour 1 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Saute ginger, garlic and green chillies followed by onions, bay leaves, tomatoes and meat pieces. Add salt to taste.
  • Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala, 1/4 tsp coriander powder.
  • Add water just to the same level of the meat pieces. Cook upto 6 whistles.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add the curry leaves, remaining 1/2 tsp garam masala followed by the cooked ingredients.
  • If there is more water,  reduce the gravy by boiling the ingredients without the lid in low flame.  
  • If you want to dry roast the ingredients you can do it now. Add more oil if necessary.
  • Or if you want to make rich beef curry with coconut milk gravy, add the thin coconut milk to the cooked meat in a sauce pan. Once it starts boiling, reduce the flame and add the thick coconut milk. Do not boil the curry hereafter.
  • Season with pepper powder according to your taste preference. Garnish with more curry leaves. 
  • Serve hot with puttu, appams, tapioca, rice or anything of your choice.

See the dry roasted version below. ?


Enjoy Cooking!


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  3 comments for “Rich Beef Curry!

  1. September 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    yumm…I love Beef….But, my hubs is allergic to red meat…so we kind of not eat it at all…I can so relate to your memories….I eat it a lot whn I visit my moms palce in Kerala… Love this one!

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