Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Beef Ularthiyathu and a Set of Awards!


I am a core fan of beef meat even though I don’t prepare many dishes with it. Back home, we normally have very few dishes with beef like Aana pathal with beef gravy, Beef porichathu to go with Malabar pathiri (a famous rice roti from Malabar region) which is a unique and popular combination, irachi ada or beef samosas and a simple beef curry. My favourite has always been the beef porichathu or the beef fry, the recipe of which I will post as I prepare it. Here is a simple yet an interesting recipe for beef; does not belong to Malabar, but quite a common preparation found in the central and southern part of Kerala. The curry is strongly flavoured with the spices and is much different from the Malabar recipes. The recipe is quite similar to my Mutton ularthiyathu recipe, but I played around by shuffling a bit with the ingredients.

Ingredients:

500g Beef cut into required size, small or big as preferred.

For marinade:

1 ½ Tbsp lightly roasted coriander powder

½ Tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder

1 tbsp minced ginger

5 large flakes of garlic, grated (1 heaped Tbsp)

¼ tsp turmeric powder

Salt – as required

To roast and grind:

1 – 1 ½ tsp fennel seeds

3 cloves

3 cardamoms

2 small pieces of cinnamon sticks of 1 inch length

1 tsp pepper corns

Others:

1 ½ cup sliced shallots (1 used ¾ cup onion and ¾ cup shallots)

1 large tomato

¼ - 1/3 cup sliced coconut (Thengkkothu)

3 twig curry leaves

3 Tbsp coconut oil (Vegetable oil may be substituted)

Salt-as required

Preparation:

1.Wash the beef well, marinate with ground coriander, Kashmiri Chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger, garlic and salt for half an hour.

2. Heat a pressure cooker, add this marinated beef and cook on low- medium heat making sure not to burn the meat. When it is well cooked, turn off the heat. If there is lot of liquid released from the meat, turn the heat up and boil off the excess water until the meat is smothered in thick gravy.

3. In another sauce pan/frying pan, heat oil. Add sliced shallots, little salt and sliced coconut and sauté on medium heat until onions starts turning golden colour. (It may take around 15-20 minutes on medium heat, but it may vary on the pan and medium of heat used).

4. At this stage, add the gravy smothered meat, tomato,2 twigs of curry leaves and powdered spices leaving ½ teaspoon behind for the final sprinkling and mix well. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes on low flame until it gets really thick. Keep sautéing until the curry is quite dry and starts taking a light blackish/dark brown colour.

5. Sprinkle the rest of spices and 1 twig of curry leaves and mix well.

This curry tastes better the next day, so you may prepare it ahead of time if you are preparing for any parties. Garnish with chopped coriander and sliced coconut. Can be served as a side dish for rice, chappathi, porotta, pathiris etc.

This post also comes with a set of awards from two of my fellow bloggers. Food lovers had shared this sunshine award. Thanks you dear.Another set of award including sunshine award is shared by Ayesha of lifetoday. Thanks u Ayesha.





The award also comes with a bunch of questions to write about yourself. I have done that part sometime back and yoou can see that here.
 
I would like to pass on these awards to the following fabulous bloggers:
 
Sarah of Vazhayila
Gulmohar of Collaborative curry
Divya Kudua of Divyascookbook
Maria of Mariasmenu
Nithya of 4thsensecooking.
Tina of  Kaipunyam
Parita of Paritasworld
Sailaja of Sailaja kitchen.

21 comments:

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Congrats & nice of you to share it with us.Nice way to celebrate......

Latha said...

Oh my yummmmm....Adipoli ayittunde.

Tina said...

Ippo ottum kazhikatha sadanam anithu..Kandittu kothiyavunnu chechy kutty..yummyyy...

Pavithra said...

Congrats on all ur awards dear..u really deserve it. And the dish is so good and wonderful click as well. Thank for passing the awards and I am really honoured. Keep rocking!!!!

miri goes phishing! said...

shabs...nice recipe...it's very similar to how we make it at home too...:)

Yummy Team said...

Congrats on your awards!! Beef ularthiyathu looks absolutely yummy!

Priya said...

Delicious dish, my h will definitely love this..COngrats on ur awards..

shriya said...

Different recipe. Something totally new to me. But pics make crave for it. Yummy!!!

PranisKitchen said...

congrats on ur awards
Enjoy....

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi shabs, how are you & your little one doing? ya these days was a bit busy in shifting to a new house so couldnt keep in touch...Now am fres so will def be in touch,hope the same from you too....and congrats on your awards shabs,...

Saju Sharfu said...

beef my fav..vishesham ayappol enik kazhikanrupad agraham undayathayirunnu beef fry and poratta..vere arum undaki thran illathath kond njaan thanne undaki.. hmm nammude okke oru karayame . :(

Yummy Team said...

Hi Shabs,
We have some awards waiting for you at our blog. Please do stop by to collect them...

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Shab
Here after alonbg time aand just not getting any time.
This is a awesome dish,, I wish I had all the ingredients here ..one get excellent beef here...But in Delhi beef is not cooked at home ,,If I go to Cal then only I eat beef...I think except Kerala and west bengal beef is banned ( only buffalo allowed)
Will certainly try this mutton , which will be no where near the taste I wd expect
have a nice day

Gulmohar said...

We make it similar too :-) and my most fav beef dish is this :D Congrats on your awards and thanks a lot for sharing :-)

Suhaina said...

I love this. I like to have with porotta.Super combination. Nice click too.

Shabs.. said...

Thanks all for stopping by...

Fathima said...

Beef is one of my all time fav... this looks great!

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Hi...looks so yummy, beautiful click and congrats on those awards dear...

Maria said...

Congrats Shabs and thanks for sharing :)

Beef looks nice, it's one of my fav. We usually dont add tomato, instead add vinegar while cooking the beef, otherwise its more or less the same.

Malar Gandhi said...

Beef dry roast looks wonderful.

meeso said...

Congratulations! And that really looks tasty :)

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