Kerala Varutharacha Beef Curry

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This is my version of thenga varutharcha beef curry, for a lazy Sunday lunch. Scraping coconut, roasting it, then grinding it can be a little too much work sometimes, so I found and easy way out. Instead of using freshly grated coconut, I simply use Maggi Coconut Powder. The taste surely is good for the little effort you have to put in.


Beef – 1/2kg cubed (fatty meat)

Onions – 2 finely sliced

Tomato – 1 roughly chopped

Ginger – 1 inch grated

Garlic – 3-4 pods grated

Curry leaves – 2-3 sprigs

Chili powder – 1 tablespoon

Kashmiri chili powder – 1 tablespoon

Coriander powder- 1 tablespoon

Garam masala – 1/4 teaspoon

Turmeric – 1/8 teaspoon

Fennel Powder – 1 teaspoon

Star anise -1 whole

Whole pepper corns – 4-5

Coconut powder – 3 – 4 tablespoons

Vinegar – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil- 4 tablespoons

How to:

Pressure cook the meat for 10-15 minutes with 1/2 cup water, whole pepper corns and salt to taste.

In a non stick pan dry roast the coriander powder, chili powder, fennel powder, and garam masala powder along with the coconut powder until fragrant. (till you begin to sneeze) Be very careful while dry roasting as the coconut powder might burn easily. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add about 4-5 tablespoons of water to make a paste and keep aside.

In a earthen pot or wok add some oil, when the oil turns hot drop in the star anise, followed by the onions and a pinch of salt and saute till the onions turn golden brown. Add the grated ginger garlic and curry leaves and continue sauteing until the raw smell goes away. Add the turmeric. Then add the prepared masala paste to the pan. Lower the flame and cook oil oozes out of the masala. Add the tomatoes and enough salt. I like the tomatoes to be chunky, if you like a thicker gravy with the tomatoes blended in, cover and cook till the tomatoes are soft.

Add the boiled meat along with the stock to the pan OR You can add just the meat to the pan and reserve the stock. Then add the stock in small quantities every 5 minutes. Which is what I usually do so that I have control over the thickness of the curry. Check seasoning. Cover and cook on a low flame for 10-15 minutes, so the meat absorbs the spices, stir occasionally. Serve with chapati or rice.