Kerala Beef Fry


This delicious dish is a favorite of God's own country, Kerala (South India). Made with pure coconut oil, traditional spices and some slivered coconut (thengakothu), this dish is best enjoyed with Pathiri, Rice or Porotta. So what are you waiting for.... follow along and start cooking!

5 from 2 votes

Kerala Beef Fry | Naadan Beef fry

Servings 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins



  • 1 kg Beef
  • 2 tsp Chilli powder or to taste
  • 3 tsp Coriander powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tbsp Crushed ginger
  • 2 tbsp Crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 Large Onion sliced
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves
  • to taste Salt

SPICE MIX (To grind)

  • 1 tsp Fennel
  • 1 tsp Peppercorn
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 Cardamon
  • 1 inch Cinnamon


  • 10 nos small onions sliced
  • 1 nos Onion large sliced
  • 2 Nos Dry red chilies
  • ½ cup Slivered Fresh coconut
  • ½ tsp Black pepper coarsely crushed
  • 6 tbsp Coconut oil


  • Place all the ingredients in the 'To cook beef' section into a pressure cooker and mix thoroughly.
  • Cook on medium-high flame for 3-4 whistles. Adjust whistles according to the type of beef. (beef will release its own water during cooking so you don't have to add additional water here). In the meantime, grind the spice mix to add at the end.
  • Once the pressure is released, reduce the gravy on high flame stirring occasionally.
  • On medium flame, heat 5 tbsp coconut oil. Splutter 1 tsp mustard seeds, add 2 dried red chilies,1/2 cup fresh slivered coconut and fry until the coconut changes color. Fry the small onions until translucent.
  • Add in the cooked beef and fry for 5 mins. Fry on medium-low flame making sure it does not get burnt.
  • Add the sliced onion. Keep stirring and add oil if necessary. Add 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper (optional).
  • Continue to fry until the beef darkens in color. (It will take approximately 15- 20 mins to fry the beef to a dark color on low-medium flame).
  • Delicious Kerala Beef fry is ready to eat. Enjoy!!


  • After the beef has been cooked and the gravy reduced, it can be cooled and frozen in portions in zip lock bags for later use as a part of meal prep (Will keep for 2 months).
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala
Keyword: beef fry, Kerala Beef

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  1. 5 stars
    good recipe, thank you sheba…

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