Beef varattiyathu/ spicy kerala beef roast

4 servings
10 min
40 min


Number of serving: 4
500 gms beef (cubed)

To marinate:

1 tbsp chilly Powder

½ tsp pepper powder

1tsp coriander powder

1tsp fennel powder

¼ tsp turmeric Powder

salt to taste

For the masala:

1 cup shallots (pearl onions)

2 sprigs of curry leaves

¼ cup coconut cuts (cut into tiny squares)

½ tsp chilli powder

½ tsp fennel powder

½ tsp coriander powder

1tbsp pepper powder (adjust accordingly)

½ tsp garam Masala

salt to taste

water as required

1 tbsp cooking oil

1 tbsp coconut oil


  • Wash the beef cubes thoroughly

    Mix it with the first set of ingredients and allow it to marinate for an hour (If you are running short of time, you can cook beef directly without marinating)

    Pressure cook the beef with all the masala for 5-6 whistles (water is not required while pressure cooking beef, but I don’t want it to burn so I add 1/4 cup water)

    Heat cooking oil in a non-stick kadhai. Add the julienned shallots and curry leaves. Fry till golden brown. Add the coconut bits and fry for another minute (I’ve not added coconut bits today but it’s usually added to beef roast)
    Add all the masala powders and fry for 2-3 minutes

    Add the cooked beef along with the stock and simmer until it is partly dry (relax and enjoy the aroma...hmmm!)
    Turn off the flame and sprinkle a tbsp of coconut oil

    Your Beef Varattiyathu is ready to be served it tastes best the next day, so keep some aside.
    It’s a yummy accompaniment with kerala parotas or chapattis. It can be served as an appetizer too!!


Beef Varattiyathu/ Spicy Kerala Beef Roast, photo 1
Beef Varattiyathu/ Spicy Kerala Beef Roast, photo 2
Beef Varattiyathu/ Spicy Kerala Beef Roast, photo 3




So tasty!! superior!

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