Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Spicy Beef Chilli Fry.

My fondest memory of this flavoursome, spicy, earthy and fiery beef chilli fry was on a house boat cruising along the backwaters of Kerala during our honeymoon 6 years ago. Our chef on board made us a special lunch to accompany this awesome beef chilli fry. I did ask him how it was made and made a note of it on a paper napkin, which I lost somewhere along the way.........however before leaving Kerala hubby bought me an authentic Kerala cook book called "Flavours of Kerala" which I truly enjoy cooking from. 

I find a lot of similarities between Mangalorean and Kerala dishes, I suppose as both places share the same coastal belt....our love for spices, coconuts, fresh fish and beef go unparalleled........ I have tried most recipes from this book. This one has been adapted from there. Do give it a go......the wholesome flavours will transport you to "God's own country"

To make Spicy Beef Chilli fry

Ingredients for the Spice powder :-
Roast and Grind -
Coriander seeds -1.5 tbsp
Black Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 4 inches
Cardamom - 4
Cloves - 5
Star anise -1
Ajwain /Oma- pinch
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Naked Urad dhal- 1tsp
to add without roasting:
Kashmiri Chili powder 1 table spoon

Beef (Stewing/ undercut/ tenderloin)- 1 kg 
Tamarind extract- 2 tsps
Spice powder - 2 tbsps
Salt to taste
Water- to cover meat partly

To Fry :
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tea spoon
Curry Leaves- 2 sprigs
Shallots or onion chopped - 1.5 medium
Garlic sliced - 4-5 cloves
Ginger finely chopped - 1 inch
Green chilli slit - 3
Coconut slices- small handful
Salt to taste
Oil- 3tbsps

Lemon juice- 1/2 no.
Coriander leaves- handful chopped (optional)

 1. Make the spice powder-Heat a small pan and add all the ingredients to make the spice powder except the chilli powder. Dry roast it for a couple of mins (3-5 minutes) on a medium flame till fragnant. Place in a coffee grinder, add the kashmiri chilli powder on top of the roasted mixture and coarsely grind to a powder. Keep aside.
2.Clean and slice the beef into medium sized pieces. Marinate the meat with 1.5-2 tbsps of  prepared spice powder, keep aside for half an hour. Then add salt to taste, tamarind extract, and sufficient water to cover the meat, pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles or until the beef is tender. Once the meat is cooked, keep the pressure cooker open on a high flame and allow most of the gravy dry up.
3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed cooking pan and add the turmeric powder and fry for 15 secs, then add the curry leaves and coconut slices. Fry for 3-4 minutes then and add the sliced onions. Saute for 7-8 minutes, then add sliced ginge, garlic and slit green chillies. Fry well until onion and garlic start browning. Add the remaining spice powder (according to your spice levels/ preference) and fry for a minute or two. Add the cooked beef along with any gravy and simmer until it is dry. Check for seasoning, squeeze over half a squeezed fresh lemon and sprinkle over chopped coriander leaves (optional).

Enjoy as an accompaniment with drinks or along with boiled/ white rice, and daalisosaar/ lentil soup.


Ramya said...

beef fry looks so very yummy...really tempting!

Roshu said...

Yummy & delicious beef fry dear.....mouth watering....

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

This looks a beautiful, fragrant delish!

Aarthi said...

This looks awesome..Yummy Recipe


Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

i never had beef..but ur beef fry looks yummy

meadowly said...

My favourite food-Beef. I love this cooked in any form.

Ana Regalado said...

It looks really tempting and mouth watering ! I just love all the spices in that dish ;) Beef looks tender and moist , drool !;D

@lekshmi said...

wow....looks awesome..........

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

What an exotic dish, solayered with wonder flavors!

Balvinder said...

The dish really looks spicy just as we eat. By Naked urad daal, you mean washed hunh! You need some something sweet after this spicy beef. Come on to my place.

Carol Pereira said...

Thanks Ramya, Roshu, Lizzy, Aarthi, Acchu's Ammas Kitchen, Meadowly, Anne, Lekshmi and Katherine and Balvinder for your lovely comments.

@ Balvinder- Naked urad dhal is urad dhal without the outer black skin...

Christy Gerald said...

Luv anything with Beef.Yumm made Chilli Fry Dear.Luvly clicks

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

I love to have a taste of this wonderful dish..;P
Tasty Appetite

E-na Zarina said...

looks delicious!!! thanks for dropped by my Lovely Kitchen...follow u..:))

Teena said...

The name itself is making me drool! It'll be great with plain rice!

Kurryleaves said...

my fav..beef fry looks super delicious...drooling here

Anonymous said...

Love dishes with fennel seeds.It gives such a nice flavour. Am going to make this dish tonight and add fried potato strips lastly garnished with fresh coriander leaves.