Beef Varattiyathu – Simple Kerala Recipe


Beef Varattiyathu- Simple Kerala Recipe

This  ‘Beef Varattiyathu’ recipe or tender twice cooked beef is a delicious recipe from Kerala. Quite simple to make, the beef is first cooked with some spices and then roasted in coconut oil to make a semi dry beef roast. Perfect to serve with the Malabar Rice Pathiri.

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Beef Varatiyathu – Simple Kerala Recipe

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Recipe Name: Beef Varattiyathu 
Cuisine: Kerala, India
Author: Shana – Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Yield: (4 servings)


  • 500 gms beef, cut into small bite size pieces

    Slivered Coconut

    Slivered Coconut

  • 1 Tbsp kashmir chilli powder
  • ½ Tbsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  •  1 onion, sliced
  • ¾ Tbsp ginger, lightly crushed using mortar and pestle
  • ¾ Tbsp garlic, lightly crushed
  • 1 large tomato, chopped

    malabar garam masala

    Kerala Garam Masala

  • 2 Tbsp coconut slivers / bits (not grated)
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • 4 Tbsp curry leaves
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 5 shallots, lightly crushed
  • 3 Tbsp plus 2 tsp coconut oil


  • Marinate the rinsed and drained beef with the chill powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Place in pressure cooker with just a dash of water. Pressure cook for about 8 steam whistles. (May differ according to quality of meat).
  • Check if tender, after cooling down and opening the cooker.
  • Continue cooking on medium heat till gravy in the cooker is absorbed, stirring occasionally.
  • Heat coconut oil in a heavy based skillet or wok.
  • Add the sliced onion and sauté till golden.
  • Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for another 1 minute.
  • Next add tomato and cook till pulpy and soft.
  • Add cooked beef to the mixture and toss to coat thoroughly. Cook on a very low heat till a lovely thick gravy coats the beef pieces. Stir constantly to ensure that the  ingredients to not get scorched to the bottom at any point.
  • Add the coconut bits and stir through.
  • Add coriander leaves and some curry leaves and cook till wilted.
  • Sprinkle garam masala over the beef and stir in.
  • Heat 2 tsp of coconut oil in a separate small pan.
  • Add the shallots and sauté till golden.
  • Add the curry leaves and fry till crisp.
  • Pour over the cooked beef and toss once again.
  • Serve as a side with Rice and Yoghurt based curries, Pathiri, Paratta etc…

Beef Varattiyathu – Simple Kerala Recipe

  • You can add some chopped green chili while sautéing the shallots and curry leaves for a spicier Beef Varattiyathu.
  • This recipe is traditionally made in an earthen pot over wood fire .

Key Ingredients: Beef, Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Tomatoes, Curry leaf, Cilantro, Spices, Coconut oil.

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