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Irachi Olathiyathu ! (Roasted Beef -Kerala Version)


1/2 kg beef (preferably buffalo) chopped into medium pieces
1 cup sliced shallots
3 tbsp ginger,chopped
10 big cloves of garlic,sliced
1/2-1 cup chopped coconut pieces
1 tbsp vinegar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1cup hot water

To Temper 

8-10 shallots chopped
1 tsp coconut oil
3 sprig curry leaves

For Masala

1.5 tbsp coriander powder
2 tbsp chilly powder
3/4 tsp pepper powder
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 inch piece cinnamon
2 cloves
2 cardamoms
1 star anise


  • Clean,wash the beef pieces and drain.
  • Make a paste with the ingredients in the masala section adding little water.
  • In a pressure cooker,heat 2 tbsp coconut oil and sauté garlic,ginger and shallot slices for about 3 minutes.
  • Add chopped coconut to this and sauté till the shallots are properly roasted and coconut pieces changes colour.
  • Add the masala paste and roast till the raw smell disappears.
  • Now add the beef chops,salt and sauté well for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the vinegar and hot water.Mix well and close the cooker with the lid.After the first whistle,reduce the flame and cook for another 20-25 minutes.
  • Open the lid and cook again till the water is completely absorbed.
  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed skillet and sauté chopped shallots (the original recipe asks for mustard seeds,which I omit always).Add curry leaves and beef along with masala.Roast slowly in law heat sautéing in between.Roast till the colour goes dark brown.
  • Check the seasoning.
  • Serve with rice/puttu/appam/parotta

*Recipe Source:Lakshmi Nair.


2 comments on “Irachi Olathiyathu ! (Roasted Beef -Kerala Version)

  1. Jaisy James
    April 9, 2011

    ayyo ithu kandittu kothi akunnu ketto superbbb


  2. Suja Sugathan
    April 9, 2011

    Wow spicy and delicious,looks perfect,makes me hungry:)


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This entry was posted on April 9, 2011 by in Beef, kerala food, Lakshmi Nair.


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