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Beef Fry/ Kerala Pepper Beef Fry

Beef Fry (Kerala Style) is very popular especially in Tattukadas or fast food outlets. It is not deep fried but cooked beef pan fried or roasted till  the meat gets coated with masala's and becomes almost dry. What makes it special is the wonderful aroma of coconut oil and the addition of roasted coconut slices that gives it crunchiness and a little sweetness that we get with each bite. This goes well with rice,chapathi or parottas.

Beef - 1/2 kg
Onion sliced- 1 large
Shallots - 15-20
Ginger thinly sliced- 3-4 tsp
Garlic sliced- 3-4 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp
Green chilly slit- 5-6
Tomato chopped- 1
Turmeric- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1 tsp
Chilly powder 1/2 (optional)
Garam Masala- 1 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp
Coconut slices- 1/2 cup
Grated coconut- 1 tsp
Vinegar- 2 tsp
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Coconut oil- 3 tsp
salt to taste

Cut beef into small cubes and marinate with turmeric powder, pepper powder, ginger garlic paste,vinegar garam masala and salt for half an hour. In a pressure cooker add the marinated meat, crushed shallots, green chilly, coconut pieces and chopped tomatoes and half cup of water and cook till the meat is done ( Three whistles - if the water still remains open and cook till all the water evaporates). 
Heat coconut oil in a pan and add two cloves, one tsp of grated coconut and curry leaves and fry till the coconut becomes golden brown. Add sliced ginger, garlic and onions and fry till golden brown. Now add the cooked meat and fry in medium heat for 8-10 minutes until it is dried up. Add fennel powder( you can add a pinch of pepper powder and garam masala if you like for extra flavor) and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve warm.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. Hey,

    Gorgeous beef fry...Pass me the plate please...So yummy...My dear hubby's favorite...:)


  2. Tempting and delicious! I'm drooling here looking at your photo....

  3. Mouthwatering fry, my hubby love this fry very much..

  4. oh suja pic kandittu kannu edukkan tonnunilla. adipoli

  5. i'll try this recipe with chicken...

  6. Very very tempting...Njan kazhikilla ennitum eniku kothy varunu...

  7. iyyo..irikkunna iruppu kando....enikku ippo venam!!!

  8. looks so tempting.. mouth watering recipe.. lovely clicks!

  9. Mouthwatering and yummy recipe,beautifully presented.

  10. the colour and looks so inviting..can't just wait to have a bite.

  11. I like the combination of fennel & coconut,I have never tried the combination of these two together.Love the color too :)

  12. You never cease to tempt me, looks extremely delicious. There are so many non veg recipes I have bookmarked from your site.

  13. i don't eat beef, good presentation

  14. very tempting presentation...wanna try soon..
    Tasty Appetite

  15. We don't eat beef...shall sub with mutton. Fry looks tempting ;)

  16. Whooo, looks super-delicious and inviting:)

  17. oh my Suja. This looks great.

  18. I'm def not a beef fan, but this is mouthwatering :)

  19. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments :)

  20. Beef fry looks so perfect ketto..Perfect color..Presentationum adipoli!

  21. beef fry is delicious indeed.

    hosting an event:

  22. Thanks Ally and Rachu for stopping by and for the encouraging comments:)

  23. This was delicious. The best beef recipe I have ever had. I frequently visit your blog now because of the variety and authenticity of your recipes. I am south indian cook but I love to try different cuisines!

  24. Thanks so much Alice for the feedback,so happy that you like this space..please try recipes and send feedback and suggestions.Love to hear from you :)
    Have a nice day!


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