Kerala Beef Fry | Beef Ularthiyathu


Kerala Beef fry or Beef Ularthiyathu, cooked in Nadan style is a unique and delicious signature dish of the Christian community in general. This is a delicious and a favorite dish in the South Indian state of Kerala. You can spot the dry beef fry dish during Kerala festive gatherings and occasions. The dish is relished as a snack when good old friends arrive. Usually the dish is enjoyed and served as side for main course dishes like appams, porotta and dosas. You can adjust the flavor making it fiery hot or mild as per requirement. Street vendors in Kerala sell Parotta with Beef Fry which is a hot Thattukada dish both among young as well as old alike. In thattukadas, the dish is served with both dosa and lacey appams too. We have included the spicy favorite dish for quick reference.

Cubed beef pieces are pressure cooked in a spicy masala mixture and later fried or slow roasted with seasonings, onion pieces and curry leaves. Our Kerala Beef fry recipe is well detailed in short simple sentences keeping new comers in mind. The beef Ularthiyathu tastes better based on the beef cut. If the beef meat has fat, then the beef fry tastes nice, if the meat is lean then there won’t be much taste and flavor for the dish. The fat in the beef pieces enhance the taste of the dry beef fry, also it reduces the usage of oil to make the beef Ularthiyathu. The fat in the beef browns and roasts the beef pieces allowing the spicy masala flavor to sink deep into the beef pieces making the beef crunchy and delicious.

Try to use freshly ground garam masala, chilly powder and coriander powder. Also slow cooking the beef will bring a great taste to the dish rather than using the pressure cooker, but if the beef is not a tender cut then it will take long to cook. Please make sure that beef is cooked well and roasted in slow flame to get a nice black color. The dish serves as a perfect introductory dish for your friends who are new to Indian Cuisine. Now political situations in India has changed and there is ban for beef slaughter. Luckily in Kerala the situation has not deteriorated and there is hot selling of meat here. You can see Thattukadas selling hot porottas with Kerala Beef Fry, a favorite with both the young as well as the elderly.

Okay, i am not dwelling much with the political side of beef ban but am here to show my affection for all beef lovers and to introduce an authentic and mouth watering dish from Kerala Cuisine. Beef Ularthiyathu, as the name goes, is the favorite dish in most marriages and festive occasions. Kerala, God’s Own Country, is famous for its greenery, backwaters, lush paddy fields and food as well. It is non vegetarian dishes like beef and seafood dishes that stand out both among the natives as well as the tourists that visit our state. It is the lavish seasoning with curry leaves and coconut oil that bring out the unique flavor and aroma of the beef dishes.

Beef is nutritious and rich in protein and other vital nutrients required for body. Growing up kids need protein rich food in their daily diet. Kids exert much and they need protein rich food. But those with higher cholesterol levels should be careful while consuming meat. Like every typical Malayalee this is my all time favorite non vegetarian delicacy. I have warm nostalgic feelings for the dish that are ever in my mind. I simply love to prepare this favorite Kerala Beef Fry requiring minimal ingredients and tasty at the same time. All hungry tummies can be relished and satisfied. You can explore a well detailed recipe here that can be easily prepared at home. Enjoy the dish with your family.


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Kerala Beef Fry | Beef Ularthiyathu

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 6 people




You can also check out this Beef Fry - Simple and Delicious. Please check out this dish Beef Fry Varutharachathu.
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Response (22)
  1. S
    Sudi February 17, 2007

    5 stars
    Excellent. Its come out well. Thanks

  2. B
    Bin July 8, 2008

    5 stars
    I am not a regular cook, since my wife is away and I took that as an opportunity learn new things and impress her when she comes back. It turned out to be better than my wife cooking. thanks for the recipe

    It was quiet spicy, tsb mean tea spoon or table soon, maybe my calculation went wrong in that

  3. M
    Merina September 13, 2007

    5 stars
    Yummy and Tasty!!!This recipe turned out well.!! 🙂

  4. J
    Jackie September 5, 2007

    5 stars
    Amazing ….best with beer…..N` joy.
    My first beef fry…..Thanks a lot.

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