Beef Dry Fry/Beef Double Fry/Nadan Irachi Varuthathu/Nadan Beef Fry

Beef Dry Fry -Beef fry is a traditional recipe in Kerala delicacies. This is a special beef fry fry goes really well with appam, rice etc. I got this recipe from my father. Usually Kerala beef is good to make this dry fry.


Beef 1 kg
Shallots/Kochulli 1 cup
Ginger A large piece, chopped
Garlic8-10 pods, chopped
Green chilly 3 Nos
Kashmeeri Chilly Powder 1 tablespoon
Pepper corns 1 tablespoon (grind it to powder)
Asafoetida/Kayam A small piece
Coriander powder 2 tablespoon
Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon
Cinnamon 2 small piece (powder it)
Fennel seeds (powder it)1 tablespoon
Thengakkoth 1cup
Curry leaves 3 sprigs
Salt To taste
Coconut oil As required

Cut beef into small pieces and wash well. Keep aside in a colander to drain out the water.

Heat oil in a Kadai under medium flame.

Add in chopped ginger, garlic, shallots, green chilly and saute for few minutes. Add chilly powder, coriander powder to this and saute for few seconds.

Add beef along with required salt and water. Add asafoetida into the beef now.

Cover it and cook on a medium flame until the beef cooked properly and masala gets well coated with the beef.

Stir in between to avoid sticking at the bottom of the kadayi.

Uncover it when it is done.

Switch off the flame when the beef cooked well.

Heat oil in a Kadayi after 30 minutes. Add mustard seeds and let it pop up. Add curry leaves, thengakkothu to this and saute for a couple of minutes.

Add the cooked beef along with the gravy to this.

Add the required salt after a salt test.

Stir well on a medium flame. Add fennel powder and cinnamon powder to this.

Add freshly ground pepper to this and mix well.

Bring dow the flame to low-medium. Continue to stir until the gravy gets dried and coated well in the beef

Drizzle coconut oil to the sides of the pan.

Add two sprigs of curry leaves now. Stir it again to mix well.

Switch off the flame now. Let it rest for 30 minutes.

Heat the beef now on a low flame. Add pepper powder if required. stir well to mix the beef well.

Beef dry fry is ready. Switch off the flame now. Serve it with chappati, rice, etc.


Try to add freshly ground pepper to this.

You can use garam masala/fennel powder.

You can pressure cook the beef to quicken the process of cooking though a slow fire cooked beef tastes better than a pressure-cooked beef.

Adjust the quantity of pepper and chilly powder according to your tolerance.

I prefer to add shallots. You could replace it with two medium onions.

Add the correct quantity of spice powder.

Cut the coconut bits a little bigger than the normal.


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