Oletherachi – Beef Roast


Oletherachi - Beef Roast

Oletherachi is a traditional favorite of Malayalee generation. Also viewed as a signature dish of Christian community, Oletherachi or Beef Roast is a tasty preparation of red meat cooked with varied herbs and spices. Beef roast with coconut flakes is simply irresistible. Marinated beef cubes are pressure cooked with varied spices and coconut flakes. Cooked beef is sauteed in hot coconut oil adding black pepper and other spicy ingredients. Beef is slow roasted over a medium low flame until beef is browned, without getting beef burnt. Oletherachi pairs well with porotta, chappati, appam or any bread varieties. Oletherachi is must try dish and will definitely make you crave for more.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • Mix together turmeric powder, coriander powder, about 2 tbsp of meat masala powder and about 1 tbsp salt into a thin paste.
  • Rub the mixture into the cubed meat thoroughly and set it aside for about an hour.
  • Heat about 3/4 of the coconut oil in a cooking pot on a medium flame.
  • When the oil is hot, add the chopped ginger and garlic and saute.
  • Add fennel seeds and broken cinnamon sticks to the mixture and saute.
  • Add split green chillies and saute.
  • Add the shredded onions to the mixture and saute, till they turn yellow.
  • Add the marinated beef to the mixture and stir, till the mixture is even.
  • (Coconute Flakes : Using a small sturdy knife - pry out the coconut meat from the shell. It will come out in pieces but try to keep them as large as possible. Coconut flakes(Thenga khothu) can be made by cutting out thin strips (about a 1/4" thick) of coconut and slicing it into small chips.) Add the coconut flakes to the mixture and stir again, till the mixture is even.
  • Add about a cup of water to the mixture and cover the pot.
  • Allow the meat to cook for about 10 mins on a low-medium flame.
  • :- Check once in a while to make sure that there is just enough water so that the pot is not dry.
  • Once the meat is cooked, take the pot off the stove.
  • :- The meat doesn`t need to be well done at this stage.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan.
  • Add the curry leaves and saute, till it breaks out.
  • Add black pepper powder and the rest of the meat masala and saute.
  • Add the contents of the pot into the frying pan and stir.
  • :- Check the level of salt and add more, if required.
  • Stir roast the mixture over a low-medium flame, till the mixture turns dark.
  • :- Do not allow the meat to burn.
  • :- Serve Beef Roast hot with bread or chappathis.
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Response (10)
  1. L
    Liby July 21, 2006

    very elaborate recipe, but well worth it when done..

  2. S
    Sunil Kumar January 30, 2009

    Thank You Binu!!Very Nice.

  3. S
    Sara December 5, 2008

    Thank you for this awesome recipe. I used this recipe with 2lbs of shrimp (shrimp roast with coconut flakes) instead of beef and it turned out very well. Thanks a bunch

  4. A
    Ann mary August 21, 2008

    well done!!!!!!!!!!!!keep it up!!!!!!

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