March 26, 2012

Beef Ulathiyathu

Here is a favourite of all the malayalee Syrian Christians. How many malayalees do you know who doesn't have a memory attached to this? Very few. We have all grown up with this spicy beef preparation and yet it remains a favourite among the Keralites. The Captain is seriously obsessed with this particular dish and you will most likely find it at our home when he is in town. Ulathiyathu is a Malayalam word which means "to roast". So if i have to give it a English sounding name, does "Spicy Beef Roast" sound appropriate enough? It sure does. If you want a taste of Kerala, go ahead and give this recipe a try. Happy Cooking!

You will need:
Beef cubes - 1 kg
Coconut Slivers - 1 cup
Shallots sliced - 1 cup
Garlic chopped - 8 to 10
Ginger Chopped - 1 inch
Green Chilli Chopped - 3
Vinegar - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaves - a handful
Coconut oil - 3 Tbsp

For the Meat Masala:
Chilli Powder - 2 Tbsp
Coriander Seeds - 4 Tbsp
Black Peppercorns - 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cardamom - 6
Cloves-  6
Cinnamon Stick - 2
Bay Leaves - 1
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp

Dry roast all the ingredients in the meat masala section except turmeric for about 4 minutes.Add the turmeric
Grind it together with half of the ginger and garlic.
Marinate the beef with half the meat masala and pressure cook it with salt,vinegar and some of the curry leaves. This may take about 25 minutes on medium low flame.
Once the beef is cooked, heat the coconut oil in a pan and saute the coconut slivers,curry leaves, onions,ginger, garlic and chopped chilli until the onions become slightly brown.
Add the remaining meat masala and saute for another 3 minutes.
Add the cooked beef and roast it until you reach the dryness you require.
Garnish with Curry leaves and serve hot.

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