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Beef Fry

This simple recipe for beef fry calls for a few basic ingredients and tastes best with rice or chapathis
Course Accompaniment
Cuisine Mangalorean
Keyword Beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 612kcal


  • 1 kg boneless beef cut into thin slices of approx 1-1/2 inch squares

For the marinade:

  • 2-3 teaspoons red chilli powder adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper powder adjust to taste
  • 2-3 teaspoons of oil
  • 8-10 flakes of garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste

For frying:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2-3 medium sized onions finely chopped
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • 1 medium sized tomato chopped


  • Marinate the beef with all the ingredients mentioned under 'For the marinade' for at least 2 hours or overnight for best results.
  • Cook the meat in a pressure cooker with approx 1 cup of water till the meat is tender (we cook it for about 3 whistles and check doneness of meat - again, the cooking time depends on the tenderness of the meat). Once cooked, keep the meat aside.
  • In a large wok/kadhai/frying pan fry the onions till they are golden brown then add the curry leaves and chopped tomato and continue frying for about 2-3 minutes. Add the cooked meat to it
  • Fry the meat in this mixture on a low heat till all the water reduces to a thick gravy that coats all the meat pieces.
  • Remove from heat and serve hot


1. For this recipe sliced beef is better than cubed/meaty chunks
2. This dish tastes good only with beef as it releases a powdery mixture that helps thicken the gravy
3. Do not add too much water while cooking the meat (into the frying pan/wok/kadhai) as it will take more time to fry and in turn more time to reduce to a thick gravy.


Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 894mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 839IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 5mg