Kottayam Style Beef Fry

by MariyammaVarghese
Kottayam Style Beef Fry
Kottayam Style Beef Fry is a spicy, tempting dish very aromatic and delicious. This is a popular dish in Kerala very much savored during family gatherings and functions. It is unique and special, with fried coconut pieces and black pepper increasing the taste and aroma of the dish. Roasting the beef to a dark brown color increases the authenticity of the traditional dish. You can explore a well detailed Beef Fry dish here that can be easily prepared at home.
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Kottayam Style Beef Fry
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Rating: 4.46
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Cuisine Kerala
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
To cook beef :
  • Beef preferably Veal - 1 kg
  • Shredded onions - 100 gm
  • Green chilies(split) - 5 nos
  • Ginger(chopped) - 25 g
  • garlic(chopped) - 25 g
  • Tomatoes(chopped) - 2 nos
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1/4 lemon
  • Water(As required) -
  • Salt(As required) -
To fry :
  • Bay leaves - 1 nos
  • Cinnamon(Small Piece) - 1 nos
  • Cloves - 5 nos
  • Fennel seeds - 1.5 tsp
  • Black pepper seeds - 1 tsp
Cuisine Kerala
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
To cook beef :
  • Beef preferably Veal - 1 kg
  • Shredded onions - 100 gm
  • Green chilies(split) - 5 nos
  • Ginger(chopped) - 25 g
  • garlic(chopped) - 25 g
  • Tomatoes(chopped) - 2 nos
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1/4 lemon
  • Water(As required) -
  • Salt(As required) -
To fry :
  • Bay leaves - 1 nos
  • Cinnamon(Small Piece) - 1 nos
  • Cloves - 5 nos
  • Fennel seeds - 1.5 tsp
  • Black pepper seeds - 1 tsp
Votes: 92
Rating: 4.46
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Instructions
  1. For preparing Kottayam Style Beef Fry, first prepare GARAM MASALA by grinding together bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black pepper seeds and fennel.
  2. Cook the beef with all the other ingredients including garam masala in water.
  3. Add salt and continue cooking on low heat until almost dry but cooked. Set this aside.
  4. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and add a pinch of mustard seeds and allow them to break in the hot oil.
  5. Add more chopped onions and saute till brown.
  6. Add curry leaves and coconut kothu and saute till brown.
  7. Add the previously prepared beef and powdered black pepper.
  8. Stir in gentle heat until dark and fully roasted. Take care that the beef pieces are not too much browned and hard.
  9. Kottayam Style beef fry is ready to eat with rice, porotta or anything you like 🙂 You will enjoy the dish like anything. This is an easy to prepare dish that can be easily prepared at home.
Recipe Notes

You can visit this for an easy to prepare dish Beef Fry Varutharachathu. You can also visit this link Beef Fry cooked in Nadan Style.

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87 comments

jithin July 15, 2008 - 12:00 am

hi

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Magz September 1, 2008 - 12:00 am

Surprisingly no red chilly powder nor coriander! ever thought of making it a little more spicy with those?

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Beena Joseph April 30, 2007 - 12:00 am

Use only ginger when cooking beef then add crushed garlic when frying the onions in the final steps before adding meat and roasting it well—that is authentic Kottayam beef fry

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Isaac December 3, 2005 - 12:00 am

But what about two main things like Chilly and corriander??

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Roymathew Sharjah, August 22, 2007 - 12:00 am

i prepared your pork piralan and it was so easy and came out so well.5 stars for making it so simple. i was so worried about dishing it out myself the trichur pork varattiyatu style.(or we rather call it “porkirachi kalyaanavarattu”(since fam.is given a break backhome).
I came back searching for simple sambar(Being Onam)couldn`t find yours -and have decided to go with Beef Fry (Oletherachi)- seeing the comments now -i cant wait to reach home.
Dear Mariama Varghese – you are doing a gr8 job for ones like me.Keepgoing. ONE REQUEST – PLS ADD SOME VEG.RECIPES B4 ONAM 2007.

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dalusimom nigeria November 16, 2005 - 12:00 am

I tried.It is very tasty.

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Leena joy December 29, 2005 - 12:00 am

I tried it,also added some chillipowder in cooking. It came out well

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sumol February 21, 2004 - 12:00 am

kalakky-super

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Lisa March 23, 2004 - 12:00 am

Very yummy and easy to make!

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Shinu December 9, 2003 - 12:00 am

It was very delicious and simple recipe.

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Arun February 14, 2004 - 12:00 am

Authentic and tasty!

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uma April 5, 2005 - 12:00 am

Realy good and tasty. Marvellus!!!!!!!!!!

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veena vijeyan October 24, 2006 - 12:00 am

hai, i tried your recepie today and it was excellent. my mom is from kottayam {chingavanam} and she always does the cooking kottayam style.thanks a lot

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Marie October 31, 2006 - 12:00 am

Many thanks for your recepie,have tried it twice and came out very well.

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karthyayani November 15, 2006 - 12:00 am

It was excellent. It came out very well even the first time. I have tried many times. This has become our permenant recipe for beef fry.

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Ashmitha September 30, 2006 - 12:00 am

Excellent!!!!!!!..This is the first time i am cooking Beef and this recipe turned out sooo well..Please keep posting new recipes…Thanks a lot..

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Milan Sunil December 25, 2006 - 12:00 am

This is an excellent preperaton. The spices Descriptionibed here are the only required ones. Never add coriander or chilly powder. It will spoil the real flavor of the beef fry. So super Mariamma. Thumps Up…

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Nisha May 15, 2020 - 1:55 am

Can u plz tell the qty of garam masala w proper tsp msrments i hv no knowledge how much to take.

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curryadmin May 16, 2020 - 8:39 pm

Hi Nisha, the ingredients updated for garam masala. Thanks. Please let us know after preparing it.

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Nisha January 7, 2021 - 2:10 am

Thanx fr updating it wl help me n others too. But how much cardamon u hv not mentioned

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Lindsay April 8, 2007 - 12:00 am

Did I read 1 *cup* of coconut oil correctly? That sounds like a lot.

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Shar February 23, 2006 - 12:00 am

A great recipe, especially for a beginner like myself. First day I made it, I thought it lacked masala but that could be just me. My whole family loved it and is asking for more… and it didnt need coriander or chilly. It was still spicy and very good!!!

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Simi March 27, 2006 - 12:00 am

I tried this recipe with some doubt regarding red chilly powder but followed the recipe to check how it comes out. it came out excellent!!! my husband and friends loved it…. Thanks for the wonderful recipe

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Nancy May 7, 2006 - 12:00 am

This was a really awesome recipe. I tried it, and it came out really great. Veryyy yummy.. appreciated by all!!

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Preethy September 5, 2006 - 12:00 am

Excellent!!I`ve tried beef fry many times but this was the best one.

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Vidhu Ajay September 17, 2006 - 12:00 am

I tried your recipe and it is excellent. It came out really well and I am glad that my husband liked it very much. He said it is great.

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Nand January 12, 2004 - 12:00 am

I cannot really explain how much I enjoyed this recipe. In fact, I had to even make a lot of it, when I made it the second time, due to high demand from my neighbors. One of my neighbors` wife who never eats beef, started eating beef after she tasted this recipe. Thanks a lot and will look forward to seeing more recipes like this one.

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gayathri January 28, 2010 - 12:26 am

This was an excellent recipe Ms Mariama varghese. We really loved this dish. Could you put in some more recipes but please put more detail as your recipe is very brief and for the novice cook some things have to be assumed. For example you had mentioned half a cocunut for kothu, but we found this to be too much and we used 1/4 cocunut grating and 1/4 cocunut kothu. But the dish was excellent. Do you have any “nadan” crab dishes?? Please put this up in pachakam.com. Generally your recipe is much superior to other recipes in pachakam.com.

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Santhosh May 9, 2004 - 12:00 am

Wowwwww!!!…this gave me a real nostaligia…..thanks to the chef

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sindhu santhosh May 12, 2004 - 12:00 am

tasty marvellous

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Mrs. Rashid May 4, 2004 - 12:00 am

Recipe came out very well.
Excellent job!!

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nihar August 20, 2004 - 12:00 am

Excellent Recipe.

I tried the same recipe with mutton and liver and they turned out good too.

Please sumbit few more kerala recipes.

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tittu October 10, 2004 - 12:00 am

Very easy recipe and excellent

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liz April 26, 2004 - 12:00 am

What more to say…I first tired ur Pork recipe, it was so tasty that now we have pork each week.And upon this now this beef recipe is so wondefully delicious, even we had it for our pot luck for 25 people..can u imagine….Pl madam do keep adding on ur talents to our list
God bless ur hands.

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Reena April 28, 2004 - 12:00 am

This recipe was excellent!! My husband is from Kottayam and he used to tell me a lot about kottayam beef fry. But I never knew where to get the authentic recipe from. yesterday I tried your recipe and Gosh!!! he ate so much food , it was diffcult for him to even get up from the chair. Thanks a lot. Please do keep sharing your wonderful culinary skills again

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Kannan December 17, 2004 - 12:00 am

Great recipe!!!! I tried lot of ways to prepare a good beef fry, till now no one was satisfying me. But this one is too good!!! I dont want to try another recipe for beef fry. Thanks a lot chef!!!

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Shruti April 2, 2005 - 12:00 am

I was amazed at the good ratings that this recipe got that once I tried it I had to admit that it was the best. I avoided frying it in the end with more chopped onions and cut down on the coconut oil.. result was amazing.

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philip March 27, 2005 - 12:00 am

Belive me this one is best in the site

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s kumar January 22, 2005 - 12:00 am

HI MARAIYAMA`
THAT WAS EXCELLENT , EXPECTING MORE SUCH RECIPE FROM U

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varsha February 12, 2005 - 12:00 am

This was an amazing recipe !! Thanks for that.I tried it with Mutton and it came out very well.All of us loved it !

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usha January 3, 2006 - 12:00 am

It turned out great.

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lekshmirk February 3, 2006 - 12:00 am

excellent recipe ……
its a really mouthwatering dish..
mariyamma ur recipes r too good
thanks

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Milan January 7, 2006 - 12:00 am

Oh………Mariamma…….. you are so excellent. Thankyou so much for your wonderful recipes.

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rajani January 17, 2006 - 12:00 am

Thanks Mariamma ! my hus liked it very much.

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seena mahesh January 6, 2006 - 12:00 am

very good recipe ,so simple and testy.

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Anz January 5, 2006 - 12:00 am

Hii…was really gud…everybody loved itt..thankz for the recipe..alright..takcare..God Bless! ~Anz~~

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Milan January 7, 2006 - 12:00 am

Dear Mariamma, you are such a wonderful chef. We all love your recipes. Beef fry. excellent.

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sherly bobby January 5, 2006 - 12:00 am

Came out well,I loved it, so as my husband.thank you.

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usha January 3, 2006 - 12:00 am

I have never made beef better than this. Excellent!

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Josekutty November 20, 2005 - 12:00 am

Ammachiyude Ulathu Super. All Achayan`s and Ammachi`s be proud. ours are the best recipes than anyone else in kerala

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A Mathew November 21, 2005 - 12:00 am

Excellent recipe. Proud to be Kottayam guy.

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neethu October 31, 2005 - 12:00 am

great recipe

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maria jomy April 2, 2008 - 12:00 am

hai i tried your olettirachi i comes out with fantastic my husband liked it very much thanks very much for this nice yummy beef fry.

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priety August 16, 2005 - 12:00 am

kottayam receipes are really the tastiest,,particularly the achayan tastes…..reallly yummy,,,,waiting for more kottayam receipes.particularly something with pork and even mushroom.

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sabukuriakose, kottayam July 12, 2005 - 12:00 am

Realy good and tasty and tradition

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Jaya September 22, 2005 - 12:00 am

no need of coriander powder and chilli powder?

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anu October 2, 2005 - 12:00 am

I tried this recipe yday and it came out excellent!!! Thanks

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shoba chacko August 30, 2005 - 12:00 am

this is an excellent recipe-typical kottayam beef ulattiyathe!

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judes May 4, 2005 - 12:00 am

It tasted very authentic. excellent.

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Mohan Nair May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am

A really good recipe except for minor language problems.

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ginu, kottayam April 29, 2005 - 12:00 am

Very good, thanks a lot!!

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Philip - Tiruvalla April 23, 2005 - 12:00 am

Best of the best- Hats off

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Aryan June 7, 2005 - 12:00 am

Yum ! Was looking for this recipe for long and now after cooking this it was yum. Thanks more recipie.

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Anita June 3, 2005 - 12:00 am

One of the best recipe`s for beef…. tastes authentic as well as traditional !

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sreekumar August 3, 2007 - 12:00 am

i tried this,it was good.thanks for the recipe.

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Anamika September 1, 2007 - 12:00 am

Amazing recipe!!! I followed it to the letter and it turned out absolutely PERFECT! I`m back to read and try out some more!

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Jolly September 29, 2007 - 12:00 am

Thankyou so much for a very yummy recipe. It came out really very well.
Cheers to aunty.

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Gimson Mathew September 23, 2007 - 12:00 am

Thanks Mariamma aunty for providing such a wonderful recipe over net. We as a group of bachelors tried out ur recipe (Beef fry) and believe me it came out wonderful…..:o)

Thanks once again and keep up the great work aunty.

Gimson

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Nisha Philip July 17, 2007 - 12:00 am

this is so tasty and it came out so well for me… i used less amount of oil…

pls do post good recipies like this.. can u pls post a recipie to make beef curry with gravy??

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rajeev February 4, 2008 - 12:00 am

A good recipe. Thanks

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anaitha January 25, 2008 - 12:00 am

tried this recipe. came out really good. n i dnt know y everybody is behind redchilly powder…pepper n green chillies is added for spicyness

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Soumi January 31, 2008 - 12:00 am

This is the first time I am rating any recipes in internet though i try recipes from internet always..This recipe was simplay fantastic..i made it for a party and everyone loved it!! Thanks..

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Vino, Ireland October 24, 2007 - 12:00 am

I made it finally with ur help Maria….that was a lovely dish ……..

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Shobha October 7, 2007 - 12:00 am

It was Superb!!

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aneesh roy September 20, 2008 - 12:00 am

I was searching for a good instruction to make beef fry, and after reading comments of people who made it ,i`m gonna try it.I will definitely give my suggestions after i make it . Thankx for your thoughts and may GOD bless you.

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Vinod Nair July 5, 2008 - 12:00 am

Have it with some raw sliced onion. You will feel it more yummy…

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Shobha Murali August 2, 2008 - 12:00 am

Ethoru adipoli recipe yanu. One of my friend told me to try this, and it was superb!!

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nidhi May 27, 2008 - 12:00 am

Excellent recipe. Vellamadikkan best!!

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joshjosh March 25, 2008 - 12:00 am

Excellent recepie, yet simple . Make it and enjoy it . No one can give this recipie free to you. it is very valuable. Please try it today.

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shyna October 20, 2011 - 11:51 pm

Good one..easy to prepare…thanks to Mrs Mariya and Pachakam ..

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Vijaya December 11, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Loved this recipe!! Was a great hit. I followed it exactly as given.

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shani December 16, 2010 - 7:45 am

So easy and tasty!!

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sunitha October 3, 2012 - 12:06 am

Super nice recipe!

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Shiny July 23, 2009 - 1:03 pm

Hi, I tried this for our guests, and everyone liked it very much. Thanks a lot for this simple, tasty recipe :)Regards.Shiny

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shameera June 7, 2009 - 10:23 pm

i was searching for a good curry to send my husband in japan.i send kottayam curry and comments were so nice

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gayathri January 28, 2010 - 12:26 am

dear, tried the recipe…was just stunning….i was wondering how it could be without chilly powder, but when i tried it , that answered me the query…thanx…keep posting such excellent recipes!!!!

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R Menon October 12, 2009 - 3:22 am

good one! easy to make. was looking for something of thing kind. thanks.

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