Kalyana veetile style Beef Varattiyathu | Beef Ularthiyathu


Kalyana veetile style Beef Varattiyathu is a delicious and traditional styled signature dish quite popular in Kerala Cuisine. You can also term it ‘Beef Varattu’ for short. Also called ‘Beef Ularthiyathu’, the dish is quite popular among the Christian community. This Beef Varattiyathu is neither a curry nor a fry but an in-between dish. Cook the marinated red beef in a pressure cooker and then slow roast in a spicy masala with coconut tidbits and curry leaves. If you haven’t tried Beef Roast yet, try this finger licking recipe and be a master. I highly recommend the dish as the most delicious among beef based dishes. Don’t forget to send feedback. Beef Ularthiyathu has always been an authentic recipe that’s been followed generations to generations and the nostalgic memory lives on and on. Unlike the usual curry form, beef is best savored among Malayalees in the fry or roast form.

Like every Malayalee this is one of my all time favorite beef dishes that my family and friends often relish. I am sure you are aware of the beef ban in other parts of India, but luckily in Kerala the ban has not affected much. Okay, I am not going into the political side of the ban, but I am here to show my love and affection to all beef lovers out there through this mouth watering Beef Varattiyathu. No festival in Kerala is ever complete without a Beef Ularthiyathu dish. Thattukadas and toddy shops are some of the popular spots selling this yummy Beef dish with the same love and authenticity regarding its preparation. The dishes are charged economically so the common folks can enjoy. Beef is nutritious, rich in protein and other vital nutrients required for body. You can discover a well detailed Beef Varattiyathu recipe here. And a little tip, always buy beef from known sources so the beef bits are tender and not too hard.

Beef Varattiyathu | Beef Ularthiyathu

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 6 People


For marinating beef :


  • Cut the beef into small pieces and wash it thoroughly. Prepare all other ingredients.
  • In a pressure cooker add cleaned beef, kashmiri chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, crushed ginger garlic, curry leaves and salt as required
  • Marinate the beef in the masala mixture for 15 minutes. Pressure cook the marinated beef with 1 cup of water for about 20 to 30 minutes or according to the texture of the meat on medium-low flame.
  • Heat coconut oil in a pan (Here i have used an uruli), add coconut bits and fry till light brown in colour.
  • Then add green chilly and curry leaves. Saute for 1 minute.
  • Now add sliced onion. Sprinkle some salt to saute it quickly.
  • Saute for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add cooked beef and mix well.
  • Add chilly powder, pepper powder, garam masala powder and coriander powder. Combine well. The raw smell will fade eventually.
  • Cook on low flame and stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the pan.Add curry leaves and slow roast until beef becomes dry and dark brown in colour. 
  • Serve with rice or tapioca or anything you like.


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