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Kerala cuisine Non-vegetarian Recipes

Beef dry roast/Beef Varatiyathu

Beef Dry Roast or Beef Varatiyathu is a common beef dish prepared in Kerala. It is a popular dish for all festive occasions in my home. This is yet another recipe of my Mother . I should say that she is a gourmet chef and whatever little I know about cooking is because of her. Among all beef dishes I have tasted, this is the tastiest one for me. It takes around 1 and ½ hours to prepare but trust me; the taste that you are going to experience is worth your entire efforts. Do try and let me know your opinion too about this succulent savoury dish.

Recipe for  Beef Dry Roast

Ingredients required(My mother’s recipe)

Beef- 750 gm(cut into small pieces)

Onion(sliced)- 6 medium sized

Ginger paste- 1 tablespoon

Garlic paste-1  tablespoon

Tomatoes-2 no.s(chopped)

Green chillies-2-3 (chopped)

Coriander powder-5 tablespoon

Chilli powder-3 tablespoon

Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder-1teaspoon

Garam masala-1 teaspoon

Fennel powder-1 teaspoon

A Bunch of Coriander leaves(chopped)

Oil-100 gm(I have used coconut oil)

Salt- As per requirement

Method of Preparation

Wash and clean beef pieces and reserve.

In a pressure cooker add Onion, ginger paste, garlic paste, tomatoes, green chillies, coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala ,salt and reserved beef pieces.

Mix thoroughly with the help of a spoon (I used my hands to get it mixed).

Add half a cup of water to it.

Now place the cooker on stove and cook for 3 whistles. Leave it to cool.

Open the cooker and transfer contents to a saucepan (preferably non-stick).

Let it simmer until all water is evaporated. Stir it occasionally.

Now add black pepper powder, fennel powder, coriander leaves and add oil stirring it.

Keep on stirring until it becomes dark brown in colour as you can see. This may take some time but as I said earlier, your effort will not be in vain. Now Enjoy


It is indeed drool worthy. I have received umpteen compliments for this dish(which I really don’t mind to listen 🙂 🙂 ) . This succulent beef dish is gonna be a delight to your taste buds.


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Laura September 30, 2015 at 6:06 am

Awesome Beef. Thanks for the recipe.

Sherien Ramzan September 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Thanks for the compliment…


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