May 24, 2013

Erachi Ullarthiyadu / Traditional Kerala Style Spiced Beef Roast with Coconut

If someone asks me what would be the best dish you can prepare with beef - my answer would always be - "Beef Ullarthiyadu (Spiced Beef Roast with Coconut)".  This dish simply makes me drool - literally!! In my honest opinion, I cannot think of a better way to prepare and relish this meat.

I still remember those early days of my pregnancy when I was recommended bed-rest and was just going through a phase of total dislike to food. My husband and I used to prepare Beef Ullarthiyadu with some Kaachiya mooru (spiced buttermilk) and it turned out to be the only thing I enjoyed as well keep down those days - another good excuse to indulge regularly was because red meat is rich in Iron - and I did need my "Fe" ;)

This dish is a popular non vegetarian dish in Kerala Cuisine  If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it - because it is simply amazing!! Tender beef pieces simmered in a myriad blend of dry roasted aromatic spices and finished with whole peppercorns, coconut pieces and curry leaves. Wow...heavenly, IMO :)

Coming to the photos - I think I did not do my due diligence this time :( Usually I am satisfied with my food styling but unhappy about my photographs - but this time I did not like either:(  Since I haven't posted anything for a long time and since this recipe is one of my favorites - I have decided to take the plunge and share it with you all anyways :) 

Serves 8-10

To pressure cook
4 lb / 1.8 Kg - Beef, fat trimmed and cut into small pieces
1/2 Tsp - Pepper
3 Tablespoons - Vinegar
1 Tablespoon - Oil (optional)

Dry Roast
2 inch - Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp - Fennel seeds (perrumjeerakam)
1/2 Tsp - Cumin seeds (jeera)
4 - Cloves
5 - Cardamom

1 cup coconut pieces (Thenga kothu)
2 Tsp - Peppercorns (Kurumolagu)
3 - Onions, chopped
2 Tablespoon - Garlic grated
2 Tablespoon - Ginger grated
3 Sprigs - Curry Leaves
8-10 - Green chili, cut length wise

4 Tsp - Chili powder
3 Tablespoon - Corriander Powder
3/4 Tsp - Pepper powder
1/8 Tsp - Fenugreek Powder (Uluva podi)
1/8 Tsp - Asafetida
3/4 Tsp - Turmeric powder
1 Tablespoon -  Tomato Ketchup (optional)
Coconut Oil

  • Pressure cook the beef with pepper, vinegar, salt for about 10 minutes after the first whistle.
  • Once the pressure dissipates, open the cooker and continue to cook the beef until most of the water evaporates
  • While the meat is cooking, take a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat some coconut oil and add coconut pieces to it (Thenga Kothu)
  • Saute them until they are golden brown and then transfer to a bowl
  • To the remaining oil, add the peppercorn and saute for a minute
  • Mix in the onions, curry leaves, green chili, ginger and garlic to the peppercorn 
  • Saute the mixture until the onions turn golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, in another skillet, dry roast the cinnamon, fennel seeds(perrumjeerakam), cumin seeds, (jeera), cloves and cardamom. Once cooled, grind the mixture to a fine powder and keep aside.
  • Add chili powder, pepper powder, fenugreek powder(uluva podi), asafetida, turmeric powder, tomato Ketchup(optional) and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Mix in the cooked beef, fried coconut pieces, and powdered spice and stir to blend all the ingredients well
  • Add more coconut oil and some more curry leaves; saute until the meat is browned. 
Notes and Tips
  • Use some oil while pressure cooking the beef, in case your pressure cooker is not well seasoned or tends to burn food at the bottom. 
  • You can substitute the dry roasted spice with garam masala.
  • Fenugreek Powder and Asafetida add a unique twist to this recipe - You can opt it out if you dont like it


  1. U feel ur pics r no good... :0 this is amazing...oru kappalottanulla vellam vaayilundu... dun v malayalis love beef this way??? I also have 1 in my drafts, 2 post soon hopefully...

  2. Ingane kothipikkalle..adipoli

  3. Hi Shema,

    Couple of weeks ago, I too made beef ullarthiyathu, but I make it in a different way and I tried a variation to my regular version and it came out yummy. I also agree that Beef ullarthiyathu is the best out of all beef dishes :). Your recipe sounds yummy, I have to try your version too :)

  4. haaaiii...kothiyakunnu ...loveeee beef ullarthiaythu :)

  5. That curry looks fantastic and ever so flavorful!



  6. Oh how wonderful! I don't this dish and I so glad you shared your recipe with us. What vinegar do you use for that? Coconut vinegar should go well no? and how would you pronounce the name of the dish? Thank you! =)

  7. Helena, Glad you liked this recipe. I used plain white vinegar for this recipe. Erachi means meat and Ullarthiyadu means roasted with oil until dry in Malayalam (South Indian language)
    Erachi: ee-ra-chi
    Ullarthiyadu: ooll-er-thi-ye-the

  8. Your photos are lovely. I think the problem is that brown food is always difficult to photograph.

    I love this dish!

  9. Hello dear Shema,

    So many spices, it must be so good! I am so hungry now for your dish. Love your food and presentation.


  10. The only way we enjoy beef is my grilling a steak. I don't know if my husband will enjoy this beef curry or not but i like the spicy flavors in it. May be with mutton it would taste equally good.

  11. got a delicious beef recipe..

    loads of thanks..

  12. Wow, your photos are making my mouth water. I can imagine how wonderful it tastes. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe, I'm pinning it to give it a try. Yum:)

  13. Thank you for sharing the traditional dish - it looks really flavorful and delicious. Pinned!

  14. oh god i m drooling over ur pics..I agree beef ullarthiyathu is the best beef recipe nd beef is the best meat of all, but we hardly buy beef these days to avoid red meat..How i wish some time that we can eat all we want without worrying about fat and all :)

  15. What a lovely meal and it's so good to see how it's made in the authentic way

  16. I love this dish & all time fav. The coconut in them is the best part. Love ur blog Shema. Btw I am Renu's friend:) she mentioned to me that ur are nishanth's friends wife. I love ur pics, recipes & everything about ur blog.

  17. This recipe is totaly new to me and it is making me hungry!
    The pictures are really beautiful and that is no compliment :)

  18. Your Spiced Beef Roast with Coconut made my mouth watered! What a gorgeous dish and a wonderful recipe. You pictures are just as wonderful too. It's not easy to make brown food looks good and you did it perfectly. I want to reach into my computer screen for that plate with the beef over rice. :P

  19. Lovely looking beef. Great job, look forward to trying, thanks for sharing.

  20. Absolutely loved the roast, am not a beef eater but the curry looks perfect

  21. this is our family favourite Shema!but your beef is breathtakingly gorgeous, I especially love that cloth on the artistic!

  22. I am gonna try making this today for my hubby love! wish me luck!

  23. Found your pretty blog googling for beef recipes. Had this was dinner last night. Aromatic and very flavorful. Thank you for a lovely addition to my dinner recipes.


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