Monday, 21 May 2012

Olathirachi/Erachi Olarthiyathu (Traditional Fare)

Beef is prepared in many different ways in Kerala, as fries, curries, cutlets, pickles & biryani.
But the traditional “Olathirachi” is the winner.
This can be kept for a few days even without refrigeration, only remember to warm it up every day.
I have used whole red chillies & coriander seeds in this recipe, but you can use the powders instead.


Beef: 1 kg
Shallots: 200 g sliced
Garlic: 2 tbsps sliced
Ginger: 1 tbsp julliened
Green chilli: 3 slit
Curry leaves: a few
Turmeric powder: 1/2tsp
Coconut slivers: half a cup
Coconut oil: 2 tbsps
Vinegar: 2 tbsps
Salt to taste

For the masala

Dry red chilli: 12
Coriander seeds: 2 tsps
Black pepper: 1 tsp
Cardamom: 2
Cloves: 6
Cinnamon: 1 piece
Aniseed/fennel: 2 tsps
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Fenugreek/methi: 1/2tsp
Curry leaves: a few


Cut beef into small pieces.
Dry roast all ingredients under MASALA & powder.
In a pressure cooker, put in the meat, masala powder, turmeric powder, ginger slices, green chillies, half the garlic slices, coconut slivers, salt & vinegar. Mix well.
Cover cooker & cook for 10 minutes (time will depend on the beef, for veal meat cook for 10 minutes, regular beef- about15 to 20 minutes.)
In the meantime, heat oil in a frying pan, fry the shallots brown, remove half & add the garlic, curry leaves.
Put in cooked beef with the gravy & simmer till all the gravy dries up.
Brown the meat well & put the remaining fried shallots.
Beef “ olathiyathu” is ready for the table.

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