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Beef Thengakothu Varattiyathu (Slow Roasted Beef with Tender Coconut Bits)

 

Beef has always made me go weak in the knees. Though beef can be prepared a lot many ways, my favourite has to be the Varattiyathu with coconut bits in it. The only problem is that this recipe is definitely NOT meant for the diet conscious people, due to the amount of oil that goes into making it. I don’t make this dish too often for the same reason. But it’s okay to indulge to such treats once in a bluemoon 🙂 The meat I have used is buffalo meat. For some unknown reason, buffalo meat is known as Beef in Kerala.

Beef Varattiyathu is basically prepared by slow roasting the beef till it turns almost black in colour. Add slightly tender coconut bits, enhances the flavour. Though I have used Buffalo meat in this preparation, one can use any meat of their choice. I have not specified the time required to cook the meat as it varies according to the cut and size of meat.

 

Beef Thengakothu Varattiyathu (Slow Roasted Beef with Tender Coconut Bits)

Beef Varattiyathu is basically prepared by slow roasting the beef till it turns almost black in colour. Add slightly tender coconut bits, enhances the flavour. Though I have used Buffalo meat in this preparation, one can use any meat of their choice. I have not specified the time required to cook the meat as it varies according to the cut and size of meat.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg Beef cubes
  • 3 teaspoons Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 - 1/2 teaspoons Coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vinegar
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • to taste Salt

For frying

  • 20 shallots Crushed
  • 10 - 12 cloves garlic Crushed
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 100 gms Coconut bits

Instructions
 

  • Mix the beef cubes with salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, pepper powder, garam masala powder, ginger- garlic paste, vinegar and curry leaves.
  • Cook on low heat till the beef is cooked through.
  • Once cooked, add the coconut bits and mix and cook on high heat till all the liquid evaporates.
  • Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a pan.
  • Add the curry leaves, followed by crushed shallots and garlic cloves.
  • When the raw smell goes, lower the heat and add the coriander powder and chilli powder.Stir for a few seconds.
  • Add the beef along with coconut bits and mix well.
  • Keep stirring occassionally.
  • If you feel that oil is less, you could drizzle some oil along the sides and mix well.The more you fry, the more dark it will become.
  • Take off heat when it acquires the desired colour.Ideally, it should be fried till it becomes almost black in colour.This could take close to an hour.
  • Serve hot.
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