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South Indian Beef Curry

south indian beef curry South Indian Beef Curry

South Indian Beef Curry

South Indian Beef Curry

This South Indian Beef Curry is often requested. I am sharing the trusted and delicious recipe with you all. Beef curry is very famous in the Southern Indian state of Kerala.Especially this Spicy Delicious Version – great for lunch or dinner. In Kerala, it is even served up for breakfast with ‘Puttu’- steamed rice cake, ‘Appam’- fluffy rice pancakes with yeast, ‘Idiappam’ – Rice hoppers or ‘Pathiri’ – Roasted rice Roti.

South Indian Beef Curry

south indian beef curry recipe South Indian Beef Curry


For Beef Marinade:

  • ½ kg beef cut into small curry pieces
  • 1 Tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 Tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • ½ Tbsp  white poppy seeds (kasakasa)

For curry:

  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, crushed
  • ½ tsp fennel/aniseed seeds
  • 1 ½ Tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 ½ Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp pepper

BEEFCURRY South Indian Beef Curry

South Indian Beef Curry – Method



  • Rub the ingredients for marinade into the beef and set aside for a while.
  • You will need a pressure cooker. Add oil and heat.
  • Heat oil and sauté the onion, ginger and garlic till softened.
  • Add all the spices and stir till nicely aromatic, sprinkling water if necessary so that the masala doesn’t stick to the cooker.
  • Add the marinated meat. Stir well. Add just enough water to cover the beef and pressure cook on medium. (Around 10 whistles). The beef should be cooked tender.


  • Potatoes may be added . Add after 8 steam whistles and then cook for a further 2-3 whistles.
  • Optional Tempering: Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan.  Fry some dried and green chillies, curry leaves and sliced shallots and pour over the prepared curry. Cover and allow to sit for 10 minutes, without stirring.
  • Towards end of cooking, add some smoothe cashew paste and let boil for further 3-5 mins. This enhances flavour and richness.

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  1. Avatar upasana 4 years ago

    Thanks! This is very simple n seems to be delicious m gonna try this out in a little my own style.

  2. Avatar Rosita 3 years ago

    Very easy and very authentic. It is a favourite of my Indian husband and requested on a weekly basis. I don’t bother with the cashew paste at the end but I have added curd (youghurt) one time to tone down the heat. Since then I only use chilli in the marinade and omit it altogether in the curry.

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