This spicy mouthwatering South Indian dish is one of my favorite. It is from the state of Kerala. It is also known as Kerala Beef Fry and it is served not just as a snack when friends visit, but also as a main course.


  • Beef julienne – 500 grams
  • Big onions – 5
  • Red, yellow and green capsicum – 2
  • Tomatoes – 1
  • Red chillies – 8
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Ginger – 2 inch long
  • Lemon juice – 2 spoons
  • Tomato sauce – 4 spoons
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 table spoons
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 table spoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 table spoon
  • Curry leaves – 1/4 table spoon
  • Fennel seeds – 1/4 table spoon
  • Methi (fenugreek) seeds – ¼ table  spoon
  • Salt – As per taste
  • Oil – 10 spoons
  • Coconut grated- 1 cup


  • Add beef, turmeric powder and salt thoroughly.
  • Meanwhile chop onions, finely slice capsicum and red chilies.
  • Peel skin and crush ginger and garlic and set them aside.
  • In a pan, add oil, after it heats up, add curry leaves, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, methi(fenugreek) seeds, crushed ginger and garlic and sauté well until the raw smell leaves.
  • Then add finely chopped onions, salt and sauté well till it turns translucent.
  • Then add dry red chilies, chopped tomato and sauté well.
  • Add red chili powder, coriander powder, and stir well.
  • Now add tomato sauce, sprinkle some water and stir well.
  • Then add slice capsicum and stir for a minute.
  • Fry the beef in hot oil till half done.
  • Add the beef and cook well.
  • Now add little water and let it cook on high flame until the water content reduces and the gravy thickens.
  • Remove from flame and add the grated coconut.
  • Serve hot!

About Bohemian Chef

Father to a lovely daughter, chef and traveller. Cooking is my passion and it has taken me places. Different cuisines and cultures have deeply inspired the stories I tell and the food I cook. This diary is a way of sharing those experiences about the food and travel journeys that touched my heart.

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