Kerala Style Beef Dry Fry | Beef Varattiyath

Beef dry fry is a traditional Kerala beef preparation served with parotta, appam, pathiri, chappathi, and ghee rice. It tastes well when it's spicy.  As a Malayalee beef is one of my favorite food. I prepare it often for friends & family. Kerala, my hometown is quite famous for its natural beauty, greenery, backwaters… and also for its food!
The highlight of this recipe is the slow cooking of the meat; it is first pressure cooked to tender and then roasted in coconut oil with ginger, garlic, and spices. When properly blended and turns aromatic, it is topped with curry leaves and browned coconut bites. The recipe is quite similar to the beef curry recipe in its preparation and use of spices, but for the longer roasting time.
So let us get started...
Ingredients required in this recipe are :
For cooking beef
  • Beef - 500 gms, Washed and cut into small pieces.
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon.
  • Red chilli powder-1/2 teaspoon.
  • Salt to taste.
other ingredients : 
  • Coconut oil- 2 -3 tablespoons.
  • Shallots - 1/2 cup, sliced.
  • Coconut pieces- 1/4 cup or as needed.
  • Ginger garlic paste-1 teaspoon.
  • Green chilies- 2 numbers.
  • Curry leaves - as needed.
  • Coriander powder-1 teaspoon.
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon.
  • Red chilli powder-1 teaspoon.
  • Black pepper powder-1/2 teaspoon.
  • Garam masala powder-1 teaspoon.
  • Tomato- 1 medium-sized, optional.
  • Salt to taste.
Method of preparation :
  1. Wash and drain the beef and cut into small pieces. In a pressure cooker add beef, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt to taste.  Pressure cook this for 3 to 4  whistles over a medium flame.
  2. Allow subsiding the pressure completely.
  3. If the stock is there, cook without putting the lid till beef is almost 80% dry.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan with coconut oil.
  5. Add the coconut pieces and fry until golden. Add in ginger garlic paste, shallots, green chillies and curry leaves. 
  6. Saute them well until the shallots become translucent.
  7. Add in the spice powders such as coriander powder, red chilli powder, and turmeric powder. Saute until the raw smell of the spice powders goes.
  8. Add in cooked beef and mix well. Add chopped tomatoes and cook well.
  9. At last add garam masala powder and black pepper powder.
  10. Dry fry until the beef becomes dry and brown in colour.

Beef dry fry is ready to serve to enjoy with hot parotta or ghee rice.