Kerala Style Beef Ularthiyathu - Beef Dry Fry


"Since the weather has been so "nice" to have something hot and spicy we fed on this mouthwatering beef fry for 2 days and trust me it always taste the best the next day ".

I have been loquacious about my love for authentic mallu dishes, yet i feel totally abashed for neglecting for so long the ultimate Syrian christian recipe for beef and the most favorite recipe of us, Beef Ularthiyathu aka Spicy Kerala Beef Roast. This affair started god knows when and i have never or ever would detest this darling of mine ;). Let's just say I am neck deep in love with this and i make sure I eat it up to my neck every time i get a chance . Speaking of chance, we try not to buy red meat often, but an occasional feast on this Meat Ularthiyathu is  innocuous ;).

There was this restaurant in our home town" Elite", from where my brother used to get me garam garam Porotta and Beef Ulathiyathu, covered in a butter paper and then a news paper. T are you listening? By the time he reaches home, you could see oil blotches on the paper from the Beef fry. It has a different taste and smell to it and of course a lot of memories attached.

I still get that smell , when I write this as if it is wafting from my kitchen here. Luckily for me , both of us" N and Me" comes from same part of the town, grew up loving same eat outs, studied in same school in lower grades, but guess what ; we have never seen each other or knew each other until we were thousand of miles apart in two different continents. So that part of convincing him of my memories is effortless. 


Recipe for Naadan Beef Olathiyathu / Ulathiyathu - Erachi olathiyathu
Serves - 4
Total cooking time - 1 hour
Recipe source :- almost same as my chicken ularthiyathu recipe ( partly from mom and partly from Mrs K M Mathew)
Ingredients:-
To make the Meat masala powder
Bowl -1 Roast and Grind 
Dried red chili - 15   OR  Chili powder 2 table spoon ( I use Kashmiri chilies)
Coriander seeds - 4 table spoon   OR  Coriander powder - 2.5 table spoon
Black Pepper corns - 1 tea spoon
[Cinnamon - 2 small stick,Cardamom - 5,Cloves - 6,Star anise - 2,Bay leaves - 1
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tea spoon] Or garam masala - 1-1.5 tea spoon
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tea spoon
To pressure cook
Beef - 1 kg ( an update:- some have asked the cut of beef i use for this..I usually use chuck or stewing meat..but i have tried briskets and sirloin too..i prefer stewing meat but!!! This type of meat is available in all grocery shops in US )
Salt to taste 
Masala powder - half of of the recipe above
To Simmer and roast
Shallots chopped - 1 cup
Garlic chopped - 4-5 cloves
Ginger chopped - a small piece
Green chili chopped - 3 
Coconut cuts ( Thenga kothu) - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Curry Leaves
Oil

Method:-
Heat a small pan and add all the ingredients in the section to make meat masala powder, except turmeric powder. 
Dry roast it for 4-5 minutes on a medium steady flame , until aromatic and brown.
Switch off the heat and add turmeric powder. Grind it to a coarse powder in a coffee grinder. 
This will give you about 5-6 table spoon of meat masala.
Clean and cut the beef into medium cubes and marinate it with half of the prepared masala powder
(around 2.5 - 3 table spoon ) , salt to taste and curry leaves. Pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed cooking pan and add curry leaves and coconut cuts.
Fry for 3-4 minutes and add onion. Saute for 7-8 minutes; add crushed ginger,garlic and green chilies.
Saute till they start to turn brown. Add the remaining masala powder and fry for a minute or two. 
Add the cooked beef along with cooking liquid if any and simmer until it is dry . 
Turn the flame to medium and saute,stirring often and scrape the bottom of the pan to prevent from sticking,until it turns dark and dry. Serve warm

Notes:-
You can add 1 chopped tomato, if you like while sauteing, but i prefer it to be not tangy.
You don need to add water while pressure cooking beef, but sometimes i feel a bit afraid of the safety and add 1/4 cup water.
It is not necessary to pressure cook the beef,you can cook it in a heavy bottomed pan for like 45 minutes.
As i said , it tastes the best the next day;so  keep some for next day too.

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Cheers
Sarah

79 comments:

Happy Cook said...

It is 2 years ago i had this, drooling here.

Sharmilee! :) said...

I like dry gravies, looks so gud...may be I can try it with chicken and see :)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious beef fry looks yummy

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

OMG!what a perfect pic!enikithinte taste ariyam.ente neighbour thannittu kazhichittundu.Such a spicy and tasty dish.

Kairali sisters said...

Ethipol beef kazhikathavareyum kothipichallo Sarah..Adipoli color..pics pinne parayendathilalo..

Pavithra Srihari said...

looks super

S said...

Hi Sarah,
I was wondering, when you buy beef, what cut of beef are you buying? Sirloin? Chuck steak? Flank steak?

Thanks
S

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

looks nice!!try it with chicken....

Treat and Trick said...

Tasty and spicy beef, great click too..

Shalini said...

looks so colorful n delicious. gorgeous preparation:)

Roshan said...

mouthwatering dish.....the pictures are awesome!!

Swathi said...

Sarah,Adipoli.pine entha paryan. kandittu veggie aya enniku kothi varunnu.

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

look so yummy sarah..

Foodie Ann said...

hii sarah...I made ur vegitable stew ....It was awesome....:)....
Btw the pictures looks great....:)

Biny Anoop said...

Sarah thats a great looking beef ularth....really nice pictures...great recipe and always a winner with any main dish.....all s perfect here.
Thanks.
Biny

Pushpa said...

Mouthwatering and delicious...looks awesome

Suja Sugathan said...

Drooling..that's perfect beef ularth, awesome.

Divya Vikram said...

Looks so exotic!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

am not a big fan of beef nor have ever ate them...but after seeing ur pic just want to pick piece and try :)

bhaghy said...

looks nice beef ularthiyathu....
i have a question like, which beef, i mean, which cut of beef r u used for this recipe....?....let me know pls...

Rookie Qookie said...

If you keep on posting such lovely Beef recipes..I wud have to personally murder one of the Four Legged Creature :|
Cow Ban is getting to me..

On the Murder thoughts - I hope my small Kitchen Knife would suffice..keke :D

Cheers,
Reshmi

Sathya Sankar said...

looks yummy !

Mrs K said...

Sarah,I am not much of a beef eater and yet the look of the dish and the ingredients and the preparation all put together have made this,"stand out " for me:) Really I love the part where you describe your brother getting it for you wrapped in a paper with oil blotches ,I can almost smell the beef dish as you open this paper to sink your teeth in this yummy beef. Very nostalgic and pulled at my heart strings as I have a couple of favorites which me and my brother shared exactly in the same manner :) Sometimes it is the experiences and the togetherness which brings the dish together :)

Priya said...

My h's favourite, will try out with chicken..

Simply Life said...

Oh this looks so filling and full of flavor!

Anonymous said...

Chek this tomato recipe

http://www.teluguone.com/news/2010/11/11/green-tomato-curry/






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hey Sarah,

Love the beef preparation...God it looks so delish...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Nandini said...

The dish looks flavourful although I don't eat beef.

Rumana Rawat said...

superb n perfect:)

Vandana Rajesh said...

Absolutely delicious...have to try the chicken variant of this soon. Thks for sharing the recipe..the dish looks heavenly.

Reshmi said...

nothing to say yaar..in one word...fabulous...

പഞ്ചാരക്കുട്ടന്‍ said...

looks nice .............
പഞ്ചാരക്കുട്ടന്റെ തല്ല്കൊള്ളിത്തരങ്ങളിലേക്ക് സ്വാഗതം

Rekha shoban said...

superb pic!!yummy fry!

Akila said...

though i dont eat beef, picture looks superb dear....

Sarah Naveen said...

@ S and Bhaghy...
i usually use chuck or stewing meat for this prep...but i have used almost all cuts of beef like Brisket, Sirloin etc..etc...i prefer stewing meat to all these but :)..

Anon..thanks a ton for bringing this atrocity to my notice...i bet all those pictures and recipes are copied...and wonder how tactfully they have deleted the names from the pictures too..I am working a way around it....lemme see...

An Open Book said...

now who can say no to that bowl of goodness

Irene said...

Yummmmmmmmmm... Nice presentation too :-)

Laya said...

Sarah!
jeez this bowl of beef is what I want now. Excellent Photos. this has all the perfection for one go crazy for this beef olathu now.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Sarah
The Preparation of beef looks great. Very lavish preparation. Can I substitute beef with mutton and get closer to this?

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Jisha Dil said...

ohh enikku vayya...kandittu oru rakshayum illa...vayyil kappal oodunnu...:)....Yummy!!

bhagy said...

hi sarah....
do u think its exactly the same taste of beef(stewed meat), that we get back in kerala....?...i used all kinds of beef but still i dont get tha same taste...thats why i'm asking....

Nostalgia said...

Hm... ready to plunge into that bowl for all I care. Looks delicious just like I like it.

Madhu said...

Sarah! I actually went back in time reading your recipe. Looks perfect.

Yummy Team said...

Ethrem tempting aayittulla pic eyyide engum njan kandittilla ketto..Vaayil kappalodikanulla vellamundu..Beef kazhikathavare polum kazhipikummallo :)

~Lisa~ said...

What a great comfort food. It looks and sounds delightful! What memories and the sense of taste and smell can do (=

Soumya said...

wow...porotta and beef ulathiyathu...kothisahikkunilla...
feel like having it from the screen...excellent presentation...

Sarah Naveen said...

@bhagy :)...that is a debatable topic to be honest....but i dont really know the difference much as others say...but i love the meat here cos you get good pieces unlike the rubbery pieces back home..and u know what if you slow cook the meat for some time, it really does taste oh so good!!!!

Fathima said...

beef is an all time fav of mine and this pic is making me go nuts! Yum yum yum!

Dimah said...

Wow, this looks amazing! Yum!

Smitha said...

beautiful space u have here Sarah..happy to follow u! :)

Shanavi said...

Can i replace with chicken or lamb ?! Sure it's mouthwatering...

http://jellybelly-shanavi.blogspot.com

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

valare nannayittundu.... aashamsakal.....

Vinu said...

Hello...just made this beef olathirachi..came out really well.
Vinu

Nikki said...

Sarah,As always I loved your posts and the writeup tells me you feel nostalgic with this Beef Ularthiyathu :) I had tried your Chicken Ularthiyathu long time back and loved it. You rock gurl.
Nikki.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

i had this before 2 1/2 yrs, before my marriage.. my hus doesnt eat beef / muton, but im a big fan of it... love to have it..
Sarah, your blog is a cooking bible.. snaps ellam kidu kidu aanu.. the best pics i have seen in a blog is from yours.. visual treat . awesome Sarhakkutty.. :)

Jaisy James said...

kothipichallo kuttie. ente fav anithu. kayyil kittiyirunnekil njan 5 minutes kondu muzhuvan teerthene. presentation superb anu ketto

Jaisy James said...

kothipichallo kuttie. ente fav anithu. kayyil kittiyirunnekil njan 5 minutes kondu muzhuvan teerthene. presentation superb anu ketto

Antony and Leena said...

We made this beef fry yesterday and was lip smacking ....... Sarah thanks a lot for this nice recipe.
Your story about beef fry and parotta made us to make this as soon as possible .
We loved it very much.

Normal guy said...

Hi Sarah
I made this yesterday, and it was really good. Roasting and grinding the spices makes a big difference - can't wait to try your other recipes.

S

Bhavana said...

This recipie is simply superb...

I tried it ... me and my husband liked it very very much....Thank u very much Sara....
Keep blogging !!!

Bejoy said...

dear people behind vazhayila
we are a gang of bachelors living in Dubai and cooking is the most important thing we do together. One day one person will be in charge of cooking and try to make some malayali curries. usually we do not get the nice taste of our mam's cooking. but since we find your website we are very happy. We are finally able to eat nice tasty food. This beef fry tasted ditto like we get in hotel in kerala. just like you said in the post hot chapati and yummy beef fry..nice..

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

Hi Sarah,
Tried your beef ularthu recipe...i made it extra spicy and my hubby who's not a beef person loved it too...i could see the difference when the spices are fresh roasted..yum..i've put a picture in my blog..
Deepa

Nimisha said...

Hello sara,
I am not sure you remember me. I have written you mails before for thanks. We do not cook beef in kerala , but when he came in US of A we started eating it. i tried this recipe last weekend . It really really tasty , it was. Thank you again

shiney said...

The best beef dish we ever had.I have tried from three blog and one was big flop and rest two ok,believe me Sarah this one is just awesome esp the home made masala adds to it,esp the whole seeds.
Da mine colour was not dark like urs as i didnt have xtra patience to fry it more :) My hubby said he will bring in more beef.Earlier it was big no at my place.
Thanks 2 u
Happy Easther

Anonymous said...

Absolutely yummy recipe.You seem to have got it spot on!My wife loves the beef that I cooked using this exact recipe.

Joseph Mundadan said...

Great recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing this magic.

Indu said...

Love the colour of the beef olarthiyathu! Finger looking good!

deeps said...

Hi, Can you tell me how long to pressure cook the beef for. Thank you :)

Sarah Naveen said...

I normally do it for 3-4 whistles deeps..I guess thats around 20-25 minutes or so..I am not sure about the time , i just listen to the whistles..It depends on what cut of beef you use too..May be you should stick to ur usual cooking time..

Joyce.mathew said...

Hi Sarah,

I just tried out ur recipe last week and it came out perfectly!! My hubby is a great fan of this dish and I can't tell how many times i have tried to make beef like this but failed to get that nadan taste and that deep dark colour..
your recipe was good to the last detail. The beef was yummy and needless to say a hit with everyone at my place :)

Thank you once again for a beautiful recipe :)

Sarah Naveen said...

hey Joyce...Glad u tried and liked it :-)...Its one of our favorite recipe here :-)...Take care!

flora maria(remya) said...

ummmmm really yummyyyy..

flora maria(remya) said...

ummmmm really yummmyyyy...

flora maria(remya) said...

umm really yummmyyyy

Corporate to Kitchen said...

amazing photography & I loved ur blog

http://corporatetokitchen.blogspot.sg/

Novice Cooker said...

Hi Sarah,

I have been following your recipes for a while, but have never had a chance to let you know how wonderful they are. The other day, I made this beef dish and the meen peera (with tilapia) recipe you posted for my husband, and he ABSOLUTELY LOVED it! Thank you so much for posting these recipes!!!! Hope you will share even more recipes with us in your spare time. Take care, and good luck!

Aparna said...

Sarah, before I came across your blog, I used to think that cooking very nadan style dishes are too hard. But now I cook this often. So thanks for helping me rediscover these dishes !

Sue said...

On Easter, I tried out your recipe for my husband. I am a vegetarian but Beef Olaythiyadu is one of his favourite dishes, so I was hunting for the perfect recipe and came across yours.
The whole idea of making our own meat masala is what I think makes this recipe such a hit. The husband loved it and he also took some to office the next day and the colleagues licked the tiffin clean.
Only changes I made were that I reduced the spice factor a bit and also let the beef pressure cook for about 8 whistles since it had a very hard/rubbery look after 3-4 whistles. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. Belated Easter Wishes to you and your family.

Bincy said...

Hello,
I just wanted to take the time to thank you for posting your recipes. I made this dish y'day and it was absolutely delicious and turned it really well. Thanks again!

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