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Monday, August 18, 2014

Nadan Beef Mappas | Kerala style Beef cooked in Coconut milk

Beef recipes are always inviting for us, but we don't regularly use this meat. Whenever these recipes are prepared, my family will enjoy food to the core and will have tummy full.This is another tempting recipe with beef and a traditional one too from our state, Kerala.Beef Mappas is a stew like curry, almost similar.The only difference I find is that mappas uses vinegar & tomatoes, whereas stew is devoid of the tanginess (there may be slight difference in preparations depending on the local areas).Both tastes superb with paalappam or any appams.We had it with kallappam and enjoyed.You can even try other meats like chicken or mutton to make this dish and enjoy!!

Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
Author ~ Julie 
Serves ~ 4
to cook beef
beef 1/2 lb(450 gm)
pepper powder 1/2 tsp
to make gravy
whole spices (star anise1,cardamom pods2,cloves 3,cinnamon 1" stick)
onion 1 medium-sized, thin half moon sliced
ginger chopped fine 2 tsp
garlic chopped fine 1 tsp 
green chilly 3 vertical slit
tomato 1 small chopped
diced and cubed carrot 1 medium
diced and cubed potato 1 medium
thin coconut milk 1 1/2 cup
thick coconut milk 1/2-3/4 cup
coriander powder 2 tbsp
pepper powder 3/4 tsp
garam masala 1/2 tsp
coconut oil 2 tbsp 
vinegar 1 -2 tsp

to temper 
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
shallots 2 sliced or chopped fine
curry leaves few 
coconut oil 1 tbsp

Watch on YouTube -

  • Wash and clean the beef under running water 5–6 times or till the water runs out clear.Drain in a colander and then add to a pressure cooker with salt and pepper powder.Leave for 15–30 mins.Switch on the flame and then close the pressure cooker.Cook for 3 whistles or more till the meat is cooked and is tender.
  • Heat another pan and add oil.When it's hot, add whole spices and wait till it's fragrant.

  • Sauté chopped ginger, garlic and green chillies till raw smell disappears.
  • Add and sauté the onion until translucent.Add in the coriander powder, pepper powder, half of the garam masala and toss about a minute on low flame.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes.Stir and then add cubed carrots, potatoes, give a quick stir.
  • Add the thin coconut milk and add salt lightly (as beef stock contains salt).Cook the veggies covered till half done.
  • Add in the beef with stock and cook covered again until the spices are blended well, and the gravy thickens slightly (Watch video for cooker style quicker recipe).
  • Add in the vinegar(I added vinegar while cooking beef in the video) and lastly the thick coconut milk on low flame.Add the remaining garam masala and turn off heat.
  • Heat oil in another pan to temper the mappas.Splutter mustard seeds and add in curry leaves, shallots.Wait till shallots turn pinkish brown in colour.Drizzle on top of curry.Cover and leave for 10 mins.Serve warm with paalappam, vattayappam,wheat paalappam, puttu or even chapathis.
Servings ~ 3-4 servings
* You can decrease pepper powder as per your tolerance.
* Adding vegetables in a mappas is optional, but I love adding these to sneak in veggies to kids.You can make the same recipe without veggies.
* Chicken, fish or mutton in non veg and bread fruit(sheema chakka), okra(vendakka) in veg can be used to make mappas.Replace beef with any of the following lists and make your desired.


Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

love the gravy , perfect with rice.

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks mouthwatering dear.. I am craving for beef now..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

excellent, luks so tempting...

Shella said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely curry. Long to have it with some appams

Amina Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious recipe... yummy..

jasna varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

Anything cooked in coconut milk is desirable for me; looks good!

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering beef curry . Love it

nandoos kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy curry..

Shobha said... Best Blogger Tips

The appams are so nice and porous.. and such yummy stews to go with them

Suhaina said... Best Blogger Tips

So well prepared and we'll explained. Love all the beautiful clicks. I want to have some now.