Prepare time: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Serves: 5 Persons


  • 1 kg Beef / Mutton (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 2 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Whole black pepper
  • 4 Cardamom
  • 4 Cloves
  • 2 small – med sticks Cinnamon
  • 2 petals from 1 Star anise
  • a pinch Cumin
  • 3 medium Onion (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp Chopped ginger & garlic (each)
  • 4-5 Green chilli (slit lengthwise)
  • 1/2 cup Coconut bits (thengakothu)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp +1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 15-20 Small / pearl onion (sliced)
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil

Directions For Making Beef Fry

  1. Dry roast fennel seeds, whole black pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin and star anise for 3-4 mins or till the roasted aroma comes. 
  2. Let it cool and grind to a fine powder, using grinder or in a mortar and pestle.
  3. Marinate cleaned beef with 2 tsp of ground spices, turmeric powder, coriander powder (3 tsp), onion, ginger, garlic, green chilli, coconut bits, salt and curry leaves. 
  4. Add 1/2 cup water to this and pressure cook the beef till done (refer notes).
  5. Heat oil in a deep and wide pan. Add sliced small onion and curry leaves. Fry till the small onion becomes brown. 
  6. Add 1/2 – 1 tsp of ground spices and 1 tsp of coriander powder. Fry for 2 mins. Add cooked beef along with the stock (cooking water).
  7. Bring it to boil, reduce flame to lowest. Cover and cook for 7 – 10 mins. 
  8. Remove the lid and continue to cook till the beef becomes darker in colour. It might take another 8 -10 mins. 
  9. Add 1-2 tbsp of hot water in between to retain the moisture. 
  10. You can also add oil in between. Cook till the beef is roasted nicely and is dark in colour.

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