Beef Olathiyathu – Beef Fry

Beef Olathiythu or Kerala Beef Fry is a delicious, simple, find it in every catholic dining table dish. I have never seen any person enjoy a piece of beef olathiyathu like a Christian. Every home I visited back in Kerala had a plate of hot scrumptious beef on the table. This dish can be made in many ways, some make it as a semi gravy and some make it black and dry. The semi gravy dish goes well with chapatis and appams while the dry version is also good as a kallushaap side – with drinks.!

Life is at its busiest best right now. The schools have opened and we have settled back home in Bahrain. The rains are gone and the sun is shining bright… sometimes a bit too hot but lovable nevertheless. This time I have the perfect book to keep me company. I finally got my copy of The Suriani Kitchen by Lathika George. And I love the book. This book is a medly of memories interwoven with wonderful recipes, creating a mesmerizing read. Today’s recipe is adapted  from this lovely book – a simple, tasty beef olathiyathu.

Beef Olathiyathu


  • Beef – 500 gm
  • Coriander powder – 3 Tbsp
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Crushed Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chilies – 2 slit
  • Ginger – a small piece
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Salt as needed
  • Vinegar – 1 tsp
  • Small coconut pieces – 3/4 cup
  • Garlic – 4 cloves sliced lengthwise
  • Small Red Onions – 1 cup


  • Cut the beef into small bite size pieces, wash well and keep aside.
  • Combine beef, ginger, coriander powder, chili powder, turmeric powder, pepper, green chilies, vinegar, curry leaves and salt in your vessel of choice. Add water accordingly to the pan, add only 1 cup of water if you are using a pressure cooker, more water if you are using a pan.
  • Once the beef is cooked, remove the lid and add the coconut pieces. Boil till the water has almost evaporated.
  • In a separate pan fry the garlic and the shallots until slightly browned.
  • Add the cooked beef to the pan and stir fry over a low flame till the beef is browned nicely.
  • How much the beef should be browned is a matter of personal choice. I love my beef to be nice and dark. However the kids love it a bit softer. Hence this time I made it just dry.

So go on… try it..!!


    • Anzz says:

      Thanx Christy, yes the flavors are delicious and finger licking good. This recipe is a favorite of my husband. Depending on the mood, I add more pepper and curry leaves to make it more flavorful and peppery..!

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