Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Beef Fry / Beef Ularthiyathu

So guys,this is gonnabe the first beef dish of my blog.. and am sure this is a favourite of all household, really spicy n tasty to the extent that all those homesick Kerala NRIs take along the 'beef ularthu' made by their moms or wives while leaving homes, and its a perfect match to chappathis! This wud let u get rid off homesickness; oh! I cant guarantee that! Anyways, try it out n enjoy! :)

Ingredients :

Beef : 1 kg
Green chilly : 10 nos.
Ginger : 3 inch piece
Garlic : 10 big pods
Shallots : 15 nos.
Onion : 2 big nos.
Garam Masala : 1 tspn
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tspn
Chilly powder : 3 tspn heaped
Coriander powder : 2 tspn
Fennel seeds powder : 2 tspn heaped
Pepper powder : 1/2 tspn
Coconut oil : 4-5 tbspn
Salt : as required
Vinegar : 1/2 tspn (required if beef is hard)
Coconut cut into small dices : a handful
Curry leaves : 2 sprigs
Thin slices of lemon
  • Clean beef n cut them into small pieces.
  • Coarsely grind shallots, green chillies, ginger n garlic with half a tspn of powdered garam masala and keep aside.
  • Marinate the beef with a little salt, half the coarsely ground mix, turmeric powder, 2 tspns of chilly powder, 1 1/2 tspn of coriander powder and 11/2 tspn of fennel seeds powder.
  • Cook the above ingredients in a pressure cooker until you get 5 whistles and keep aside to cool off. 
  • Take a heavy bottomed pan and pour oil. Allow it to heat, put curry leaves and also the stem cut into small pieces for that excellent aroma. Once that gets fried, add the coconut pieces and fry until slight brownish. Remove them from oil and keep aside.
  • Add the coarsely ground ingredients and saute until the raw smell goes off. 
  • Finely slice one onion and add to this and saute until slightly brownish.
  • Add the cooked beef into this and put the remaining powders except garam masala and stir continuously for the powders to get mixed with the beef very well. Check salt and add if less.
  • Add pepper powder and saute very well. Pour oil gradually at different intervals from the sides of the pan and keep stirring to avoid sticking to the bottom, under low flame.
  • Add the remaining garam masala and u'll get the perfect aroma now. Add the fried curry leaves n coconut pieces. Continue stirring until its dry.
  • Garnish with round slices of onions and lemon. 
Note : In case the beef you've bought is hard, pour 1/2 a teaspoon of vinegar to the marinated beef n cook for it to become tender.

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