Beef ularthiyathu / spiced beef stir-fry

beef ularthu

Beef ularthiyathu /beef stir-fry is an awesome beef preparation that I ever tasted. It is perfect festive recipe to compromise with the taste balance. This recipe has an explosion of Kerala spice flavours. It goes well with chappati and rice.

Kerala Beef Fry recipe has hundreds of variations. It basically varies from region to region. Some people call Beef Fry as Beef Ularthiyathu while others call it as Beef Olathiyathu. Whatever be the name or recipe followed for Beef Fry, the common approach is to Marinate and Cook the Beef and then Pan Fry till the beef is completely dry.

Preparation time:15 minutes

Cooking time:40 minutes


Beef – 800 gms
To pressure cook:
Coriander Powder – 1/2 tbsp
Chilli Powder – 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Pepper Powder – 1.25 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 tbsp
Green chillies – 5 nos
Water – 100ml
Salt – to taste

To Stir Fry

Ginger – 1 small piece
Garlic – 8 cloves
Onion – 3 large
Curry leaves – 4 sprigs
Pepper Powder – 2 tsp
Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
Coconut Slices – 100 grams
Coconut Oil – 3 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp


1) Clean and cut the Beef into 1×1 inch cubes..
2) Finely slice the Onions.
3) Chop the Garlic and ginger
4) In a pressure cooker take Beef and all ingredients under ‘to pressure cook’, mix well and bring to 1 whistle, now lower the fire and allow to cook for 20-25 mins.
5) In a Wok, heat the Oil and fry the Coconut pieces in it till turns golden brown. Remove and separate.
6) In the same pan with some more oil, add mustard seeds , let it splutter. Add ginger and garlic pieces in the Oil and fry, add Curry leaves and fry for 30 secs till they curl.
7) Add the chopped Onions and fry till golden brown.
8) Add the Beef and all other ingredients under ‘to stir fry’ and cook to a further 20 mins till all the spices blend in with the Beef, leaving you a tenderly cooked spiced Beef.
Best served with chappati or rice.

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