Beef Ularthiyathu

Beef Ularthiyathu

Beef Ularthiyathu | Kerala Style Beef Roast

Asha Jible
Beef ularthiyathu is one of the tastiest beef recipes that i have ever eaten. It is a traditionla Kerala Beef recipe that is often made during the special occasions of Christmas, Easter and a must recipe during the wedding season. It is a quiet simple recipe but taste awesome. The best combination for Kerala Porotta, Chapathi, Appam, Puttu and even rice.
The beef is cooked in pressure cooker with the basic masalas and then roasted along with fried onions are other seasonings and spices.
Previously, I used to make this beef ularthiyathu from a portion out of beef curry which is another yummy recipe but a lot of steps were in the cooking of the curry that is when i tried this method and came out to be superb.
So let's see how it is done.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side dishes
Cuisine Indian, Kerala cuisine, South Indian
Servings 3


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Cast Iron Skillet


To cook the beef

  • 400 gms Beef Cubed Small pieces
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • Salt to taste

To roast

  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1/4 cup Coconut slices Thin slices of 1 inch long
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 big Onion Chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Minced
  • 1 tsp Garlic Minced
  • tsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • tsp Crushed Peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil Optional
  • Salt to taste


Cooking the beef

  • Into a pressure cooker kept on medium flame, add all the ingredients under the section "to cook the beef"
  • Close the cooker and cook until 5 whistles.
  • Open the cooker once the steam leaves by itself

Preparing Beef Ularthiyathu

  • To a skillet kept on medium flame, add 2 tbsp of Coconut oil
  • Add mustard seeds and fennel seeds, let it splutter
  • Add the curry leaves and coconut slices and let it turn slightly brown
  • Then add the garlic and ginger pieces and stir for another 5minutes
  • The add the chopped the onion and stir until well sauteed
  • Add the powders: chili powder, garam masala, and salt; Stir well and mix to the sauteed onion
  • Once the raw smell of the powder fades or as it turns looking oily add the cooked beef to it and stir well for around 5-8minutes
  • Be careful that it should not get burnt
  • Once it is combined well add the freshly crushed peppercorns and curry leaves, and coconut oil(optional)
  • Stir everything for another 5mins and that's it!
  • Yummy Beef Ularthiyathu is ready!!



The number of whistles may vary based on the pressure cooker, After 5 whistles, if the beef hasn’t cooked according to your level, you just need to cook it for another 1 or 2whistles or even cook it leaving the cooker open for another 10mins. 
You could always cook the beef or the first section in advance and store it in the refrigerator and just before eating you need to do the second section of roasting the beef. 
The spices added should always depend on your spice level. 
The addition of coconut oil at last, is an optional step, but it definitely adds an awesome flavor to the recipe. 
Try this out and you would definitely love it.
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