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Nadan Beef Curry – Traditional Beef Curry from Kerala


Nadan Beef Curry is the traditional, home cooked beef curry of Kerala. Anything labeled  ‘Nadan’ means that it is traditional and true to its provincial roots.

This is a beef curry recipe that packs a tasty punch!  Taught to me by my mother. Great, served with ghee rice and raita.  Sure to satisfy!  Here’s the recipe for you!  When we are back home we tend to have this  quite often.  Heated up the next day it’s even tastier! That is if there’s any left over!   A pressure cooker is required for this recipe.

What is known as Beef curry, in Kerala and other (South) Indian states that consume beef, is actually Buffalo meat. It is extremely delicious and those who travel away from Kerala, often miss their beef curry, to no end! Nothing like what we get back home!

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Recipe Name: Nadan Beef Curry
Recipe Type: Curry / Beef / Kerala
Author: Shana @ Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Yield: (6 servings)

Key Ingredients: Beef, Onion, Shallots, Tomato, Ginger, Garlic, Green Chili, Curry Leaves, Spices, Coconut oil, Fresh Coriander, Salt.

The video of this recipe is also available in the Malayalam Language. Click here for Malayalam Video.

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  1. I think you meant ‘teaspoon’ not ‘tablespoon’ because thats way too much spices?

    • It is infact Tablespoons and not teaspoons.(Not a typing error) 5 Tbsp Coriander, 3 Tbsp Chili Powder etc.. It is for (one and a half) 1 1/2 kg beef. Kerala ‘ Nadan’ Beef Curry is spicy and yummy. Reduce heat by using milder chili powder. With the amount of shallots garlic etc.. used the spices tend to mellow down a bit.

  2. Avatar lakshmi 2 years ago

    I tried this recipe today..exactly in the same way mentioned..and it s tasting awesome..loved it..thank u so much…:-)

  3. Avatar Haamid 2 years ago

    I tried this recipe and it was simply DELICIOUS! never will make beef curry any other way. Thank you so much for your efforts! Excellent 5 stars!

  4. Avatar kumars 2 years ago

    What would you suggest if I don’t have a pressure cooker for cooking the beef?

    • A heavy bottomed pot with lid OR better yet, a clay pot with lid, you would need to add more water and the cooking time would obviously be longer.. Occasional stirring on a medium low heat to ensure the spices do not burn on the bottom. Happy cooking!

  5. Avatar muhsinajerin 2 years ago

    Simple recipe. But i like it!

  6. Avatar Anonymous 2 years ago

    can u plz specify the numberof shallots and garlic

    • Counting the number of shallots and cloves of garlic cloves, might set the proportion off balance, due to variation in size.. I use a standard cup measure where 1 cup = 8 oz = 236 ml (US standard measuring cup). Hope this is helpful.

  7. Avatar Renish 2 years ago

    Thanks dear … and it’s really good too .. 🙂

  8. Avatar Christina 2 years ago

    I tried this recipe and it is heaven! Being a novice at cooking, I didn’t know what to expect, but this is the first and last recipe I shall be using for beef curry. I would eat the whole thing if I didn’t force myself to exercise some self-control! =D My mum said it was better than hers haha! Thank you for the amazing recipe!

    • That’s wonderful to hear! I am so happy you and your family enjoyed it.. And thank you for letting me know.. It means a lot!

  9. I have tried this now.. oh jesus . Its awsome. Thankyou for super recipe

  10. Avatar neena 1 year ago

    Hi shana;can u plz give me correct measurement of items (spices,onion,tomato,garlic etc)for 1 kg of beef,I want to try this. No need to Brown the Onion n shallot??

    • Hi. (I always find my recipe works better for 1 1/2 kg beef for some reason)
      But Approximate measures for 1 kg beef: 1 kg beef
      2 red onions sliced
      1 1/4 cup shalot
      2 whole bulbs garlic about 3/4 cup
      1/2 cup ginger
      1 large tomato
      3-6 green chillies (small)
      3 1/4 Tbsp coriander powder
      2 Tbsp chilli powder
      2/3 Tbsp garam masala

      2/3 Tbsp turmeric powder
      handful curry leaves
      8 Tbsp coconut oil
      1/2 Tbsp salt or to taste

      No browning as such. Onion is softened along with the tomatoes and the ginger garlic shallot mix is sautéed till very soft and golden.. not brown.
      Happy Cooking 🙂

      • Avatar neena 1 year ago

        Hi I tried this today I cooked for half kg as I don’t have shallot I added onion half cup and followed rest of the recepie. It was really tasty . it took me 18 whistle to cook beef( Bangalore) . its the first time am cooking a tasty beef curry of course it because of u. Before I tried many recepies from internet( nisahomey, yummy o yummy,jishas kitchen a few…) but this is the tastiest recepie. Once again thank u so much

        • I am very happy to hear you got good results with one of our favourite family recipes:).. Thank you dear. Shallots give a definite boost in flavor.. if using only use a bit less or you might get a sweetness (sometimes). Yes some beef tends to have a higher cooking time.. wow 18 whistles i never needed that many -i am sure it must be good beef!

  11. I tried this recipe for 2 kg beef very good and simple.thank you for sharing.

  12. Avatar Madhu nambiar. 4 months ago

    Just made naadan beef curry,as per you’re recipe, Wahh… Really adipoly !!

  13. Avatar Anonymous 4 months ago

    If em using half kg beef thn hw much amount curry powders wnt to add??

    • I do recommend preparing beef curry with AT LEAST 1 kg. It is hard to get the same result with very small amount of meat.
      But to answer your question 🙂 for half kg 1 1/2 generous Tbsp coriander powder , 1 Tbsp chilli powder, 3/4 tsp kerala garam masala, 3/4 tsp turmeric powder.

  14. Avatar Sooraj 1 week ago

    Hai.. i dont no who are you… but your nadan beef curry recipe…. powliiii…….

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