Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Last night I was hunting for the perfect recipe for a traditional Keralite(south-Indian)beef stew and I just could'nt find a "perfect" one anywhere on Zaar or on the food blogs I usually depend on...By the end of it all, I had read through sooo many versions of this recipe, this is what I finally created...DH(whoz very picky about authenticity) gave it two thumbs up!!! Traditionally it is served with Appams but it goes very well with regular white bread too..... [You may substitute beef with lamb/chicken as per preferance]

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Marinate the beef cubes with salt,pepper,4 green chillies,garlic and half the quantity of chopped ginger for half an hour.
  2. Pressure cook the meat till tender with 1/4 cup water. Reduce the liquid till you get a thin film of gravy at the bottom of the cooker.
  3. Separately,boil the potato cubes with a pinch of salt,drain and set aside.
  4. Next,heat the oil in a pan and fry fennel seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves and cloves for 30 seconds.
  5. Then add the onion, remaining green chillies and ginger alongwith 6 curry leaves. Saute till onion turns limp and translucent.
  6. Add the cooked beef (with remaining gravy),red chilli powder, turmeric powder and potatoes.Stir well.
  7. Then reduce heat to low and add half cup coconut milk diluted in 3/4 cup water and salt. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  8. Finally, increase to medium heat, add the remaining 1/2 cup coconut milk and bring to a boil.
  9. Add the rest of the curry leaves and cook on low heat till the gravy is not too runny.
Most Helpful

LOVE IT!! I made it and even popped the potatoes in the pressure cooker with carrots and sweet red peppers. At the end I opened it put in the coconut milk and let it simmer just a bit.PERFECT!!!

allchocolate February 17, 2010

We made this tonight- but without a pressure cooker. We browned and cooked the meat (we used lamb) then, except for adding the potatoes, did everything you said up to step 7 We ooked the stew one hour at this stage. In step 8 we added the potatoes and cooked a further 10 minutes. This stew has amazing flavour and is quite easy to make (and would be much easier the second time). Thanks for posting.

JustJanS May 15, 2009