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Erachi Choru Recipe – Kerala Meat ‘N’ Rice


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Erachi Choru Recipe – Kerala Meat ‘N’ Rice

Erachi Choru or Kerala Style Meat with Rice is an easier take on Biryani. Some might call it a Beef or Mutton Biryani. However, there is no layering and the raw rice is stirred in with  with the cooked meat and then everything is simmered together till the rice if fluffy.

Very easy to make. Heart warming and full of flavor, my husband loves this.

erachi choru recipe

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Recipe Name: Erachi Choru Recipe – Kerala Meat ‘N’ Rice
Recipe Type: Rice / Main
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 
Cook time: 35 min
Total time: 
Yield:  4-6 servings

Erachi Choru Recipe

Erachi Choru Recipe – Kerala Meat ‘N’ Rice


For the meat:

  • 1 kg mutton or beef, cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 onions sliced
  • 10 large cloves garlic
  • 1 large thumb sized knob of ginger
  • 8 small green chillies
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • a bunch(handful) of fresh coriander leaves
  • 3 Tbsp curry leaves
  • 2 Tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

For the Rice:

  • 4 cups basmati or kaima rice
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp oil plus 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 2 cloves, 2 cardamom pods, small stick of cinamon
  • 4-5 Tbsp cahsewnuts
  • juice 1 small lime (2 tsp)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 Tbsp curry leaves
  • 1 tsp garam masala (get my kerala garam masala recipe)


  • Wash, Clean and Rinse the meat thoroughly. Keep drained.
  • Add the onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies for the meat into a food processor.
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    onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies into food processor

  • Process till finely chopped.
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    Finely chopped

  • Add the processed ingredients and all remaining ingredients “For the meat”, into a pressure cooker.
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    Meat, Processed ingredients Tomato, Herbs…

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    Spices: powdered and whole

  • Use your hands to mix the ingredients together, pressing to release the juices and incorporate all the flavors.
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  • Allow to sit for 20 minutes.
  • Add just a dash of water.
  • Pressure cook for around 10 steams if cooking beef and 4-5 steams if cooking mutton. Bring to the first steam on high and allow to cook for the remaining time on low heat.
  • Check if done and cook a few minutes more (open). The meat should be cooked but not breaking apart. There should not be too much liquid.
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  • Rinse the rice and soak in water for 5 minutes. Drain.
  • Heat the oil and ghee in a large pot.
  • Add the whole spices and allow to crackle.
  • Add the onion and saute well till the onion turns golden brown.
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  • Add cashew nuts.
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  • Add the cooked meat mixture from the pressure cooker. Toss well.
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  • Add approximately ¾ liter of water and 2-3 tsp salt. Add 2 tsp first. Taste the mixture: it should just be salty enough.
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  • Add lime juice, curry leaves, coriander leaves and garam masala. erachi choru 13 erachi choru 17
  • Bring to boil.
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  • Add the drained rice. Stir well to evenly distribute.
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  • Cover the pot with a muslin cloth and then place a tight lid on top.
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  • Cook on low for about 20 minutes, Opening to stir occasionally till the water just runs dry.
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  • Serve hot with some onion salad, pickle and pappad.

Erachi Choru Recipe – Kerala Meat ‘N’ Rice

When the rice is doe it will still look rather moist. Do not be tempted to keep cooking, or the rice on the bottom will catch and burn to the bottom.
The extra moisture will disappear after resting shortly.

Key Ingredients: Beef, Rice, Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Green Chilli, Tomato, Spices

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  1. Avatar mujeeb 1 year ago

    wow, tried it nothing can be so simpler, tasty and wonderful, thank you so much….

  2. Avatar sunil 1 year ago

    I tried this recipe yesterday. It came out really well. The best erachi chor I ever had. All my guests really liked it and they showed interest to try this recipe. Thanks a lot.

    • I woke up to this super nice comment from you.. Thankyou for trying and thanks even more for letting me know. Whenever I get good quality meat…I always love to make this rice dish.:)

  3. Avatar Sumaya 2 months ago

    Tried erachi choru.Came out perfect.Thank you

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