Kerala Beef Fry | Beef Ularthiyathu


Kerala Beef Fry is a traditional styled authentic dish of slow roasted beef bits in a spicy aromatic masala with plenty of curry leaves and coconut pieces. This is an all-time favorite recipe from God’s Own Country. Anyone who visited Kerala will never forget the combination of Beef Ularthiyathu with hot and fluffy Porottas, its mesmerizing smell of curry leaves and spicy meat masala. Kerala Beef Fry has always been an authentic recipe that’s been followed generations to generations and the nostalgic memory lives on and on. 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 Kerala Beef Fry.

Kerala my home town is quite famous for its backwaters, greenery and its enthralling natural beauty. Culinary dishes of Kerala Cuisine, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are quite popular among the natives as well as tourists visiting Kerala. Beef is best savored among the Malayalee population in a fry or roast form. Thattukadas and toddy shops are some of the popular spots selling this yummy Beef Ularthiyathu 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 Kerala Beef Fry recipe here. And a little tip, always buy beef from known sources so the beef bits are tender and not too hard.


Kerala Beef Fry | Beef Ularthiyathu, Straight from my Grandmother's Book

Kerala Beef Fry | Beef Ularthiyathu


  • 1/2 kg Beef cut into small cubes
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Crushed
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Crushed
  • 1 tbsp Chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Corriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Pepper Crushed
  • 1 tsp Fennel powder
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut flakes Sliced
  • 1 Sprig Curryleaves leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut oil
  • 5 nos Button onions Shallots/small onions
  • 1 nos Big Onion or use small onions

Garam Masala (Fry it lightly in a pan and grind them together and use 1 and half teaspoon)


To prepare beef

  • Wash the piece and leave the meat water to strain.
  • Put oil in a pan and fry the coconut to light brown.
  • Add curry leaves and saute the button onions, crushed ginger and garlic and saute for few minutes to remove the raw smell.
  • Lower the heat and add all the powders and mix well and saute for few minutes.
  • Add the beef, vinegar and mix well until the beef is coated very well with masala. After 5 minutes transfer to pressure cooker.
  • Add them to pressure cooker with curry leaves and cook on slow fire for 10 minutes to let the water come out and if needed add ¼ cup hot water and pressure cook till the beef is done. Usually it would be done with 2 to 3 whistles.

To fry the beef

  • To fry the beef, heat oil in a pan and add the button onions or onions and saute.
  • Add beef and the remaining gravy together if you want the dry type of Beef Ularthiyathu/fry. Lower the flame for about 10 to 15 minutes and fry the beef.
  • Stir in between and add few spoons of oil if required. Stir fry. until beef becomes dark in color.
  • Now you are all ready and serve it sprinkling few curry leaves on top and pinch of pepper too.


You can visit this link Beef Tikka Masala. You can also visit this link Mutton Chilly Fry
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