Kottayam Style Beef Fry

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.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


To cook beef :

  • 1 kg Beef preferably Veal
  • 100 gm Shredded onions
  • 5 nos Green chilies split
  • 25 g Ginger chopped
  • 25 g garlic chopped
  • 2 nos Tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 lemon Lemon juice
  • Water As required
  • Salt As required

To fry :

For Garam Masala:

  • 1 nos Bay Leaves
  • 1 nos Cinnamon Small Piece
  • 5 nos Cloves
  • 1.5 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper seeds


  • For preparing Kottayam Style Beef Fry, first prepare GARAM MASALA by grinding together bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black pepper seeds and fennel.
  • Cook the beef with all the other ingredients including garam masala in water.
  • Add salt and continue cooking on low heat until almost dry but cooked. Set this aside.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and add a pinch of mustard seeds and allow them to break in the hot oil.
  • Add more chopped onions and saute till brown.
  • Add curry leaves and coconut kothu and saute till brown.
  • Add the previously prepared beef and powdered black pepper.
  • Stir in gentle heat until dark and fully roasted. Take care that the beef pieces are not too much browned and hard.
  • 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.


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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Response (87)
  1. j
    jithin July 15, 2008


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    Magz September 1, 2008

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

  3. B
    Beena Joseph April 30, 2007

    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

  4. I
    Isaac December 3, 2005

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

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