Dry beef stir fry or beef chukka- Kerala style…
This is my favorite dish made with beef, totally Kerala style dry beef stir fry. Marinated beef is cooked in a pressure cooker and then fried in oil till it turns brown. Fried beef is then stir-fried with mustard seeds, ginger, garlic, green chilies, lots of curry leaves, and onion. I use coconut oil to stir fry, makes it aromatic and flavorful. Curry leaves also impart a nice aroma and flavor to this dish.
Try this dish, I tell ya you are gonna love it and will make this often.
This can be served as an appetizer or along with chapati or poori.
- Beef, stew cut- 2 lb or 1 Kg
- Ginger-Garlic paste- 1½ tbsp
- Chili powder- 2 tsp
- Coriander powder- 2 tsp
- Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
- Garam Masala- 1 tsp
- Curry leaves- 1 sprig
- Salt- 1 tsp
- Oil- ¾ cup
- Coconut oil- 1 tbsp
- Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
- Ginger, minced- 2 inch slice
- Garlic, minced- 2 cloves
- Green chilies, halved- 3 or 4
- Curry leaves- 2 sprigs (must add)
- Onion, sliced thin- 2
- Ground pepper- ½ tsp
- Salt- ½ to 1 tsp
- Lemon juice- juice of half lemon
- In a bowl, combine the beef with all the above mentioned ingredients "for marinating beef" and let marinate for 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Add the marinated beef to a pressure cooker, add ¼ cup water and cook over medium heat till 2 to 3 whistles or 25 minutes.
- Or cook covered in a saucepan till the beef has cooked well- add water accordingly.
- After the pressure subsides, open the lid. Combine the cooked beef well.
- If there is any liquid left, cook over high heat till the liquid dries off.
- Transfer the cooked beef to a plate.
- Place the same pressure cooker over medium heat, add oil for frying.
- Add cooked beef and fry till browned ( fry in 2 batches).
- Transfer the fried beef to a plate lined with kitchen paper towel.
- You could use the pressure cooker to stir fry. Or use a non-stick pan for stir frying.
- Place the pressure cooker over medium heat, add any oil left after frying the beef & 1 tbsp coconut oil and let the oil turn hot.
- Add mustard seeds, let splutter.
- Add minced ginger and garlic, halved green chilies, stir fry till golden.
- Add curry leaves, stir fry for 30 seconds.
- Add sliced onions, season with salt and stir fry till onions turn slightly brown.
- Add the fried beef.
- Turn the heat to high and stir fry for 5 minutes.
- Add ground pepper and lemon juice, stir fry for a minute.
- Take the pressure cooker off the heat and keep it covered for a few minutes.
- Serve warm as an appetizer or can be served with poori or chapati.
- I also drizzle ½ tbsp white vinegar just before serving, combine well- gives that nice kick, YUM.
Coconut oil imparts a nice aroma and nutty flavor.