You haven’t really experienced the flavours of Kerala if you haven’t eaten at the innumerable thattukadas (street food stalls) that are scattered across the state especially on the highways. And this beef dish is the prime example of what to expect at a thattukada – perfect with a plate of tapioca or hot flaky porottas.
Now I didn’t really know how to get the flavours right and so asked my foodie buddies to help me out with recipes or links. A dear friend told me about the below mentioned blog, which according to her, is great for some authentic Kerala dishes. And she was so true; the recipe was perfect, simple to follow and the result – a delicious beef roast.
Recipe courtesy – mariasmenu.com
Beef Roast (Thattukada style)
- Beef – 1/2 kg cut into small pieces1 large potato; cubed (optional)
- Onion – 2 sliced finely
- Ginger – 1 small piece
- Green chili – 2
- Curry leaves
- Coconut oil
- Ginger – 1 tbsp
- Garlic – 10 cloves
- Pepper – 1/2 tsp
- Chili powder – 1/2 tbsp
- Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
- Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
- Fennel perumjeerakam -1/2 tsp
- Cardamom – 2
- Star anise thakolam – 1
- Cinnamon – 1 small piece
- Cloves – 2
- Grind together all the ingredients given under spice paste into a coarse paste adding a little water.
- Heat the oil in a pan/pressure cooker.
- Add the onions, ginger, green chilli, curry leaves and sauté.
- When the onions become soft add the ground spice paste & fry till the oil starts appearing.
- Add the beef, potatoes and 1 cup of water. Season with salt.
- Cook the beef till it becomes tender and the gravy is thick.