Kerala Beef Roast

It’s been a while since I shared a recipe from Kerala. Here is one that will knock your socks off with its outstanding flavor! Beef Roast a.k.a beef ularthiyathu is a signature dish of the Christian community in Kerala. You will find it on festive occasions along with Kerala parotta! 🙂 So good!


  • Prep time – 30 minutes
  • Cook time – 30 minutes

Ingredients for marinating the beef: 

  • Beef (cut into small pieces) – 1 kg
  • Small Onions / Pearl Onions (Sliced) – 25
  • Coconut (cut into small pieces) – 1/4 cup
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
  • Black Pepper Powder – 2 tbsp
  • Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1.5 tbsp
  • Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Meat Masala – 1 tsp (optional)
  • Indian Green Chilli (Sliced) – 2
  • Curry Leaves – 5 sprigs
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut Oil – 3 tbsp (can substitute with another oil of your choice)
  • Mustard Seeds – a pinch


  1. Pressure cook the beef with little water (just enough to cover the beef), black pepper powder, meat masala, and salt. Pressure cook for two whistles then set aside until the pressure goes off.
  2. In a wok, heat the coconut oil. Add the mustard seeds. Once they splutter add the shallots, curry leaves, Indian green chilli, and some salt. Saute till the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute.
  4. Add the remaining masalas and mix well. Turn the heat down and ensure not to burn the masalas.
  5. Transfer the cooked beef with the remaining water to the wok. Mix well with the masala mixture and turn the heat to medium until the gravy dries out.
  6. In another pan, saute the coconut in some oil until it turns brown.
  7. Once the beef is dry saute on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Add the coconut and mix well.
  9. Mix well until the meat is brown-black and completely dried out.
  10. Serve warm with parotta or appam! Enjoy 🙂

Beef Roast



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