Beef – Vellarikka ( Yellow Cucumber ) Curry


1/2 kg beef, cut into pieces
1 big onion, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
3 green chillies, chopped
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 1/2-3 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 1/2 cup vellarikka/ yellow cucumber
3/4-1 cup grated coconut
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil


  1. Cut the beef into small pieces, clean it and keep it aside.
  2. Peel and chop vellarikka into cubes
  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add sliced onion and saute till transparent.
  4. Add green chillies, ginger paste and garlic paste and saute well.
  5. Add chopped tomato and saute well till soft.
  6. Add coriander powder, chilli powder and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and saute for a minute.
  7. Add cleaned beef pieces, salt and garam masala and mix well. Then pressure cook it adding enough water ( about 1 cup of water) till done.
  8. In the mean time, pressure cook vellarikka pieces adding 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and salt for 2 whistles.
  9. Add in the cooked vellarikka into the beef curry and mix well.
  10. Then add grated coconut, crushed garlic and curry leaves , mix well and boil at medium flame for about 10 minutes.
  11. Adjust the salt and switch off the flame…Serve hot with pathiri, ghee rice etc….

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