Beef Me Please!!!

Hey Guys! Last post of the week and I’ll be sharing with you not one of my own recipes, but of a dish I really love and think you must try as well.

It’s a dish I had, when I went down south to Kerala years ago with my parents.  It was a real fun experience staying in Kerala and I recommend everyone to go there at least once.  The people are humble and sweet and real friendly.  And what can I say about the food.  The cuisine down south makes my mouth water and I love the food so much that I visit this Kerala joint I know of in Mumbai at least once a month.

Getting to the recipe I am going to share with you guys – KERALA MASALA BEEF CURRY.  I went crazy over this dish while I was in Kerala and its one my fondest memories from that trip.  A little spicy but you won’t regret it..




3 bay leaves

1 (2.5cm) piece cinnamon stick

5 cardamom pods

4 whole cloves

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

10 whole black peppercorns

1kg beef fillet, cubed

450g chopped onion, divided

5 green chillies, halved lengthways

1 (3cm) piece fresh root ginger, grated

6 cloves garlic, minced

1/2-teaspoon ground turmeric

1-teaspoon salt

125ml coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon whole mustard seeds

4 fresh curry leaves

2 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • To make the masala powder:  Grind the bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fennel seeds and peppercorns in a spice grinder until mixture is a fine powder.
  • Place the beef cubes, masala powder, 1/3 of the chopped onion, green chillies, grated fresh ginger, garlic and turmeric in a large, heavy pot.
  • Add water to cover (about 250ml) and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until beef is cooked through. Add salt.
  • Stir and continue to simmer about 10 minutes or until mixture is almost dry, but do not allow it to burn (add a bit more water, if necessary). Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds and cook until they begin to pop. Immediately add remaining chopped onion and stir over medium heat until onions soften and begin to brown, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Add curry leaves and cook until brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the beef mixture, black pepper and lemon juice.
  • Cook until nicely browned and heated through, about 8 minutes.
  • ›  Ready in: 1hr15min

It does take some time to prepare, but is worth the wait.  It goes real swell with some Roti or Nan.  So go ahead and start cooking!

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