Monday, April 26, 2010

Special beef roast with coconut milk (Serves 6)

Today we treat you to a super delicious recipe that is certain to satisfy the palates of our beef loving friends. In this beef roast we have tested the noval use of coconut milk instead of routinely used coconut slices which we found to significantly enhance the flavor of this dish. So why wait, enter your cooking lab and test this new protocol :-)

For marination

Beef 2 lbs, cut to small bite size pieces
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Lemon juice 1 tsp
Salt as needed

Marinate the beef with the above ingredients for 30 minutes at room temperature. Pressure cook this for 3 whistles and reduce flame to low-med and cook for another 8 more minutes. Switch off flame and allow the pressure to release by itself. You dont need to add water as the meat will ooze out lot of liquid during the cooking process. Set aside.

For roasting beef

Red Onions 2 big, chopped
Ginger 1’ piece, chopped
Garlic 5 cloves, chopped
Curry leaves 2 sprigs
Green chilly 3 nos, chopped
Red chilly powder 2 tsp
Corinader powder 5 tsp
Garam masala 1 ½ tsp
Fennel seed powder 1 tsp
Black pepper powder 1 tsp
Thick coconut milk ½ cup
Coriander leaves a handful, chopped
Salt as needed
Oil 2-3 TBSP


Heat oil in a pan (med high) and sauté the chopped onions until golden brown in color. Now throw in the ginger, garlic, curry leaves and green chillies and sauté for another few more minutes. Once the raw smell goes off, add the chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala, fennel seed (perumjeerakam) powder, black pepper powder. Saute this until raw smell from powders are gone and everything is blended well. Now add ½ cup thick coconut milk. Reduce flame to medium and let the coconut milk gets reduced to ¾ volume. Add the coriander leaves and the cooked beef. Mix well and roast the beef till a black-brown color. Do a taste test and add more salt, if needed. Delicious beef fry is ready, but to add more taste we like to add sliced onions at this stage and sauté for 5 more minutes. Enjoy this with steaming hot rice and moru curry (Yogurt gravy)..


If you prefer add chopped coconut slices along with sautéing onions
Make sure you roast the beef until it fetches a black-brown color as in the picture
Adjust the heat as per your taste, as the taste of this dish is mainly from the blend of heat from green chilly, red chilly powder and pepper powder


  1. Sure the coconut milk gives a nice twist..never tried it in beef roast, only for kaada..

  2. Beautiful presentation and looks so yummy, thanks for sharing dear...

  3. Entamme, beef roast superb aayittundu ketto..coconut milk use cheythondulla recipeyum aa dark brown colorum okke kidilan thanne :)

  4. wow adipoli..and that too with cocnut milk more adipoli :)..
    do collect your awards from my blog dear :)

  5. Beautiful presentation and roast looks truly yumm!!my husband will definitely love this..

  6. drool worthy pics !! looks so delicious.

  7. Looks delicious! Lovely presentation.

  8. Beef roast is my hubby's faaav one dear,,ur's looks perfect n well presented..

  9. Yummmmmm...i am drooling at those pics...the beef roast looks delicious and mouthwatering.

  10. kidilam beef roast... love dry preparations of beef... this looks soo good... love the presentation too...

  11. The only thing that gets me lazy in making beef fry are the chopping of the coconut..thanks for a great alternative!

  12. delicious.. never thought of doinh it with coconut milk..

  13. never tried beef with coconut milk.will give it a try are really tempting.

  14. Yummm... All your recipes look so good. My mouth is watering just looking at the pics. Great presentation and wonderful pics. Can't wait to try your recipes :-)

  15. Hi, I am going to try this recipe for my kid. I have never eaten beef before (except one time when I swallowed down couple of pieces trying to be polite to the anglo-indian host :)). The only time I have cooked it is when I pressure cooked minced grass-fed beef (not sure where I was going with that) and promptly threw it in the trash because of the disgusting smell (also hand washed the pressure cooker like 6 times and then put it in the dishwasher 2 times). My question is what cut of beef would be least smelly to cook? I understand that it has to be a lean cut. Is grass fed beef more smelly and gamey?. Is there a beef cut that is like chicken breast.. bland....something that can be covered up with mallu spices? My kid has significant food allergies hence the quest to add more meat protein and fat into his diet.TIA

    1. Hi Sam, for all indian meat preparations, the best cut beef will be "stew cut/Chuck cut and if there are many chuck cuts, look for that looks more of a circular shape. Yes grass fed beef smell little like manure (is that what u were smelling too), but once cooked it will be gone. Hope this helps you. Also while shopping for beef, look for ones with more marbling as this helps to add a lot of flavor while cooking.

      Hope the recipe turns out well for you and thank you so much for visiting...Let me know if you have more questions.

      Regards, Suji

    2. Hi Suji, Thank you for your reply. I bought 1/2 lb of grass fed boneless chuck today. It has some marbling. It did not have any funky odor. My son is sick so the beef experiment will have to wait until he gets better.I cut out the thick slab of fat and I vacuum sealed it into 3 portions of 50 gms, 50 gms and 25 gms. My husband asked me how I was going to cook with 25 gms of beef (about half of a handful) :) but I will be cooking only for my son and he only eats that much meat at a time. I use a small 2L hawkins pressure cooker. How long do you think I should pressure cook for that small quantity? I would need to add some water, right? Is there any way to know it's cooked fully? Should it easily break apart? Thanks so much.

    3. Hi Sam, I am guessing 2 whistles without water will be enough, allow the pressure to release by itself and let the meat rest for few minutes. If there is water, just cook until all water dries up. Poke the cooked meat with a knife and if you dont see any pink color, its all cooked. To be honest, I have stopped eating beef little after i posted these recipes as you can see i only have 2 or 3 in the blog. But this should work well i feel. Please do let me know how it turned out.

      Regards, Suji

    4. Hi Suji,

      Thank you for all your suggestions. My son has been eating the beef once every week without any issues...major success!!:). I also do not have any issues with strong odors while cooking. I had recently read that steaming ground red meat causes a bad smell. Maybe that must be what happened when I pressure cooked the minced beef the first time. That horrific smell put me off from trying beef for him for a long time...maybe a year, I think. Now, thanks to you he can have some much needed extra nutrition in his deficient diet! :)

    5. Hi Sam...This is great news!!! I am so so glad that it worked out for you...Thank you so much for getting abck to me...



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