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Kerala Beef Fry | Nadan Beef Fry

Nadan Beef Fry

Recipe adapted from : Flavors of Kerala
Spicy Kerala style beef fry.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4

  1. Beef,cut into cubes- 1/2 Kg
  2. Ginger,finely chopped-1.5 tsp
  3. Garlic,finely chopped- 1.5 tsp
  4. Shallots(chumanulli),sliced-3/4 cup
  5. Coconut slices-1/2 cup
  6. Kashmiri chili powder-3/4 to 1 tbsp
  7. Coriander powder-1 tbsp
  8. Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  9. Vinegar-2 tsp
  10. Onion ,sliced-3/4 to 1 cup
  11. Curry leaves-3 to 4 sprigs
  12. Garam masala powder-3/4 to 1 tsp
  13. Black pepper powder-as required
  14. Salt-to taste
  15. Water-as required
  16. Coconut oil-as required

For Masala Powder:

  1. Fennel seeds- 1 tsp
  2. Cinnamon – 1″ piece
  3. Cloves- 4 to 5 nos
  4. Star anise- 2 small pieces
  5. Whole black pepper- 1/4  tsp


  • Combine all the ingredients listed under ‘ For masala powder’ in a blender.Grind it to a fine powder.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine together  beef,powdered masala,ginger,garlic,shallots,coconut slices,kashmiri chili powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder,vinegar and salt to taste.Keep aside for 10 minutes.Cover and cook the marinated beef adding sufficient quantity of water,until tender.( you can use a pressure cooker ,if desired)
  • Uncover and cook until all the water is absorbed.

  • Now,heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan.Add onion and curry leaves,saute until it turns golden brown.Now add the cooked beef , garam masala and black pepper powder.Mix well until combined.( Add more salt if required)
  • Saute on a medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes ,until it turns dark and dry,stirring well in between.


    • Serve with rice or tapioca.
    • Adjust the quantity of black pepper according to your taste.
    • Garnish with green chilies ,if desired.

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      nandoos kitchen
      February 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      lovely, tasty beef fry

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      February 17, 2014 at 2:33 am

      Since I no longer eat beef, I must make this with chicken! Yum!

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      June 3, 2016 at 10:59 am

      This is very easy to make and real nadan taste……loved it……thank you

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      February 4, 2017 at 10:59 am

      I love to have beef fry with chapati more than that of rice..your dish is yummy..loved your presentation..Homely Dishes having a special lovely taste compared to hotel foods.

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      August 20, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Sounds delicious and look good too ,yum

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      October 13, 2017 at 12:14 am

      Can we use mutton instead of beef?

      • Reply
        October 13, 2017 at 12:59 pm

        Yes…you may use mutton

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