Kerala Beef Curry | Nadan Beef Curry


Kerala Beef Curry is an all-time favorite beef dish among Malayalee’s especially Christians. Beef dishes are very popular in Kerala Cuisine with spicy masalas and awesome flavors. In Kerala you can consume beef without any inhibition. In Kerala, at present you find no strict norms against killing of animals for meat. Spicy beef dishes are available almost everywhere from star rated hotels to roadside shacks. Festivals like Easter and Christmas are never complete without beef curry dishes. Preparation of beef curry dishes vary from region to region but all areas have their own unique and tasty beef preparations. Nadan Beef Curry is one such delicacy that goes well with appam, puttu, tapioca, chappati and rice. Kerala Beef Curry is a much coveted dish especially in toddy shops across Kerala known as Beef Shappu Curry. Tapioca is very economical in God’s Own Country and you will discover ‘Kappa With Beef Curry’ being sold as a hot favorite. This is a very wholesome and satisfying dish relished with all both rich and poor classes as well.

Here is a simple version of a delicious kerala beef curry cooked in nadan authentic kerala style. Beef pieces are cooked in a fried red chilly mixture. Red chillies should not get burnt while frying because that will spoil the taste and flavor. The tempting aroma and spicy flavor of this Thattukada or street side fast food, is worth a try. I guess spiciness is the trademark of thattu dishes and this Kerala Beef Curry is no exception any way. The spicy dish is in high demand and will definitely get you hooked in for a meal with hot fluffy Parottas. Sauteing with fried onions, ginger and garlic, grants Nadan Beef Curry the rich tempting aromatic flavor. Our Nadan Beef Curry recipe is well illustrated in simple steps and the ingredients are clearly specified. Please adjust the spice requirements as per your preference.

Tender beef tastes delicious and yummy and they cook fast compared to tougher meat that is more chewy and hard. So while choosing beef be very careful. Better to buy meat from known sources. Though tasty, it is not advisable to consume meat daily as it can increase risk for heart diseases. Anyhow indulging yourself in occasional treats is encouraging. Moreover beef adds protein for your body that is very essential for smooth functioning of bones and body especially for kids in growing up phase. Kids exert their body during playing and other physical activities and they should be supplied essential protein rich food. In grown up people you should be very careful while consuming beef dishes. Shedd off excess calories by exercising or some other physical activity. Beef is nutritious, rich in protein and other vital nutrients required for body.

I have some nostalgic memories relating to past. During my childhood years, there were frequent family gatherings and meetings in our home. The kitchen would be the most happening place, with all the laughter, with all the hustle bustle, the cutlet making and non-stop chats of my aunts, the aromas and flavors emerging from beef being cooked and the elaborate activity of the various dishes going to spread out. Beef was served with a thick spicy and oily gravy along with appam. Kerala Beef Curry resembles that age old nostalgic finger licking beef curry I had relished long back. You can explore the well detailed recipe here that can be easily prepared at home. I really miss all those wonderful years and memories. I am getting nostalgic again and how I wish our family siblings would join together once again and all those fun times would unfold again.

Nadan Beef Curry

Kerala Beef Curry | Nadan Beef Curry

Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 5 people



  • Heat oil in a frying pan.
  • Fry the dry red chillies and keep aside.
  • Fry coriander seeds, till its aroma comes out and keep aside.
  • Fry black pepper, cinnamon sticks, cloves and cumin seeds together and set aside.
  • Stir fry pearl onions, till they turn brown.
  • Blend all these fried ingredients in a mixer grinder.
  • Pressure cook chopped beef with turmeric powder, salt and the blended mixture.
  • Stir fry onions in the pan, till brown followed by green chillies, crushed garlic and ginger and chopped tomatoes.
  • Add these to the cooked beef and boil well.
  • When the curry turns brown, turn off the flame.
  • Garnish Nadan Beef Curry with curry leaves, coriander leaves and a spoon of coconut oil.
  • Enjoy the Kerala Nadan Beef Curry with porotta or chapathi or rice or tapioca.


You can visit this link Village Style Beef Curry and Kerala Beef Curry. You can also check out this link for an easy dish Beef Roast in Malabar Style.
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Response (32)
  1. A
    Anjana March 18, 2006

    Good curry.. very nice site for girls away from their mothers. Thank you.

  2. M
    Mani Nair February 22, 2006

    Excellent… Nanayittundu!!!

  3. b
    betsy May 3, 2005

    please tell which jeerkam. perunjeerakam or small jeerakam

  4. a
    ash February 18, 2005

    I tried it. It came out really nice.

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