19 February 2014

Thattukada Style Beef Curry / Nadan Beef Curry

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Thattukada style beef curry

Recipe adapted from : Marias Menu,you can find the original recipe here.
Spicy Kerala style beef curry
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4
  1. Beef,cut into cubes- 1/2 Kg
  2. Onion,sliced-2 medium
  3. Ginger ,finely chopped- 1 tsp
  4. Green chilies,cut vertically- 2 nos
  5. Curry leaves-3 to 4 sprigs
  6. Water-1 cup( or as required)
  7. Coconut oil- as required
  8. Salt- to taste
To grind together:
  1. Ginger,chopped-1 tbsp
  2. Garlic,chopped-1 tbsp
  3. Kashmiri chili powder-3/4 to 1 tbsp
  4. Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  5. Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
  6. Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp
  7. Cinnamon - 1" piece
  8. Cloves-2 nos
  9. Cardamom-2 nos
  10. Star anise- 1 small
  11. Whole black pepper- 1/2 tsp

  • Combine all the ingredients listed under ' to grind together' in a blender.Grind it to a paste.
  • Heat oil in pan/pressure cooker.Add sliced onion,ginger,green chilies and curry leaves.Saute until onion turns translucent.
  • Now add the ground masala and fry until oil starts to seperate.
  • Add beef and mix well.Add water and salt to taste,cover and cook until beef is done.Uncover and cook for few more minutes or until gravy turns thick.
    • Serve with rice /porotta /puttu or tapioca.
    • Adjust the quantity of black pepper according to your taste.
    • Garnish with green chilies ,if desired.


    1. kidilan!. Lovely tasty beef curry. Nice colour.

    2. Super duper color and yummy curry..

    3. I tried this recipe today and it came out soooo well !!! I love cooking but don't always enjoy eating what I cook but this was one of the best curries I have tried...Keep posting new recipes :)

      1. Thank You Kirthana!!!glad that you enjoyed it..this is one of my fav too..
        Happy cooking!

    4. hey really awesome recipe...it came out sooooo well
      thanks a lot nd pls keep posting more wonderful recipes for non cooks like me :)

    5. I made this today and it was absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

    6. What cut of beef should we use and can we use a regular cooking vessel instead of a pressure cooker but just cook longer?

      1. Hi Anita.
        try using chuck or stewing beef..

      2. I find that the flavour is better when its cooked in a regular pan than in a pressure cooker. Slower... but the wait is worth it :)

    7. Excellent recipe. I tried it and it came out amazing . Thank u .... Love u ....

    8. My only worry is im n africa n here we hav hotplatesnbcos of which pressurecooker is de best option here...but de recipe s fantabulous....yummy .aroma s unbelievable. .

    9. I can't wait to try this. About how long dies this take to make in the pan on the stove? Thank you!

    10. I normally do not cook, tried this recipe it came out soo good that 1/2 kg was not enough..

    11. I normally do not cook. Tried it today..came out soon good that 1/2 of was not enough...

    12. i made this curry and it ws awesom :)

    13. Tried this recipe..it was delicious.. just like my mom's beef curry.. thanks alot..your blog is amazing..

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    15. Delicious Beef curry!
      It has the authentic flavour of the Kerala cuisine

    16. Hi

      I tried this and the curry is awesome. But the beef became a bit hard in the pressure cooker. My cooking time was only 15 minutes. So I cooked it again for another 15 minutes. But the texture didn't change much. Can you suggest me the cooking time in pressure cooker. I bought the curry cut beef.

    17. Tried it.. yumm!! I added some coconut cuts fried in coconut oil (I love coconut)

    18. Adipoli recipe :)
      My kids just loved it. Thanks for posting it.

    19. Thank you all for the feedback
      Happy cooking


    20. I am trying it today. Look really simple.

    21. Thank you for the recipe. I made beef curry for my wife. She told me this is the best she ever had :D

    22. Hello Ma'am can you please tell me how much piece star aanise has to be used in this beef curry recipe

    23. Does one need to grind the star anise ? Also, any reason why the powders need to be ground as well?


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