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Beef Dry Fry! - Salt and Sour

Beef Dry Fry!


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The dry beef fry which we get from the thattukadas of kerala is something special to eat. During our vacations, we always plan atleast one trip with our friends to some place in trissur or around. And that will be an evening to remember until the very next vacation. We just roam around the beautiful city and eat and do whatever we want. We buy food from the local thattukadas and gather somewhere, share and eat it. The energy which these short trips and gatherings with our friends gives us is priceless. The dry beef fry with lots of chopped onions and curry leaves is one among my thattukada favourites. I just tried making some and this is how it turned out to be.



  1. Cubed beef pieces-500 gms
  2. Chopped onions/shallots- 1 cup
  3. Chopped green chillies-2 or more
  4. Crushed ginger- 2 inch piece.
  5. Crushed garlic- 7 cloves
  6. Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  7. Chilli powder-1.5 tsp
  8. Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  9. Fennel powder- 1/4 tsp
  10. Garam masala- 1 tsp
  11. Salt to taste.
  12. Pepper corns/ pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
  13. Lemon juice/ vinegar- 1/2 tsp
  14. Curry leaves, crushed chilli flakes and coconut oil for seasoning


  • Wash and clean the cubed beef very well.  Remember to cube them into small pieces.
  • Crush the shallots, ginger, garlic, green chillies and pepper corns in a blender together.
  • Marinate the beef pieces with everything except ingredient no: 14 and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  • Pressure cook the marinated beef upto 5 whistles in a pressure cooker. Add just one tbsp of water if necessary. The marinated beef will have some water in itself.
  • If the cooked beef has more water in it, reduce it by boiling until dry.
  • Heat coconut oil in a pan. Season it with a bunch of curry leaves and add chilli flakes if you prefer. Transfer the contents of the pressure cooker into this. On medium heat, dry fry  the beef continuosly until it shrinks and becomes dark in colour.
  • Sprinkle more pepper powder if you like the heat. Beef dry fry is ready.
  • Serve hot.

Enjoy cooking!


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