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Thattukada Style Beef Curry / Nadan Beef Curry

Thattukada style beef curry
kerala 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.
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    February 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    looks fabulous

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    nandoos kitchen
    February 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    kidilan!. Lovely tasty beef curry. Nice colour.

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    February 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Super duper color and yummy curry..

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    June 30, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    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 🙂

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      July 17, 2014 at 6:48 pm

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

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    December 5, 2014 at 8:19 am

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

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    April 22, 2015 at 5:01 pm

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

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    August 31, 2015 at 6:52 pm

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

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      October 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Hi Anita.
      try using chuck or stewing beef..

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      Dennie John
      December 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

      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 🙂

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    January 9, 2016 at 5:59 pm

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

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    February 1, 2016 at 11:01 am

    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. .

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    Joanne T Ferguson
    February 6, 2016 at 4:23 am

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

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    Basitha Thasneem
    September 16, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I tried it! It was yummilicious!

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    January 16, 2017 at 1:20 am

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

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    January 16, 2017 at 1:21 am

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

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    January 20, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    i made this curry and it ws awesom 🙂

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    February 4, 2017 at 7:39 am

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

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    April 2, 2017 at 11:34 am

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

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    June 18, 2017 at 12:39 am


    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.

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    July 9, 2017 at 10:45 am

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

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    October 13, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Adipoli recipe 🙂
    My kids just loved it. Thanks for posting it.

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    March 28, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Thank you all for the feedback
    Happy cooking


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    May 19, 2019 at 8:09 am

    I am trying it today. Look really simple.

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    jobin k j
    June 5, 2019 at 5:32 am

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

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    August 1, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Kidduuuu… Awesome recepie

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    August 27, 2019 at 9:15 am


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    February 12, 2020 at 2:04 am

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

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      February 14, 2020 at 7:24 am

      a single petal will do.

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    April 1, 2020 at 8:21 pm

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

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    April 9, 2020 at 8:05 am


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