Varutharacha Beef Curry


1 kg beef, cut into small pieces
2 large (1 1/2-2 cups) onions, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tbsp ginger, thinly sliced
6-8 garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
3/4 cup grated coconut
8-10 shallots, thinly sliced
2-3 sprigs curry leaves
3/4 tsp whole pepper corns
1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 3/4 tsp garam masala
salt to taste


  1. Cut and clean beef pieces and keep it aside.
  2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan and add grated coconut, 5 shallots and few curry leaves and saute till golden.
  3. Then reduce the flame to low and add pepper corns, chilli powder, coriander powder and 1tsp  garam masala. 
  4. Saute this for a minute and switch off the flame and keep it aside to cool. Then grind it to a fine paste adding little water and keep it aside.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a thick bottomed large pan. Add sliced onions, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and little salt and saute until onion starts to change its colour.
  6. Add turmeric powder and 3/4 tsp garam masala and mix well.
  7. Add chopped tomato and cook for a minute till soft.
  8. Then add ground coconut paste ,3 cups of hot water and mix well and bring it to a boil. Adjust the salt.
  9. Add the cleaned beef pieces and cook covered for about 1 hour at medium flame stirring occasionally. Cook the beef well until the oil separates and the gravy thickens.
  10. Adjust the gravy by adding 3/4-1 cup of boiling water and cook covered for few more minutes.
  11. Add a pinch of garam masala and switch off the flame.
  12. Heat 2 tsp oil in a small pan and fry 4-5 sliced shallots and curry leaves until golden.
  13. Pour this over the curry and keep it covered for 10-15 minutes. Serve with pathiri, ghee rice, appam etc..

Recipe adapted from here..


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