Erachi Varattiyath | Malabar Beef Roast

I’m on a total mental block. Seriously… I wanted to do this post yesterday but when I opened the draft, my mind went blank. Then I thought, not today then, maybe tomorrow… Now when that “tomorrow” has arrived, I am in the same situation…. Hmmm….


Actually, I hate to go directly to the recipe, because I do not favor that style. I like to ramble a lot before I actually get to the point, in real life as well!!! πŸ˜‰ Part of my nature, you see… It’s starting to get quite hot and humid here, so the summer is very much in. As usual, the A/C in the car never seems to be cool enough and the sun is always too warm. People in the GCC have to be extremely careful in this weather. Keep drinking water, use sunscreen, wear your goggles while out and try to be indoors most of the time. The chance of dehydration is extremely high. On the same note, back home, it’s raining cats and dogs, in fact as per the met dept, it is the heaviest rainfall in 22 years… hmm… Now I really want to go back to see it, but then I know, no chance…


Today’s recipe was made when my HD’s friends had come for lunch. I feel pleasing men is quite a tough task, as they expect women to make much better than they do. Do you ladies agree that food prepared by men taste better than women? Or is it because of our tongue tastes? I guess it has to be second one… Anyway, this roast was highly appreciated by all his friends who came around, saying that it tasted really authentic. I did not refer anywhere for the recipe, kind of mixed and matched the way my umma prepares it (even though it is very rare!!!) and was really happy with the result. I have made this a couple of times again and was really happyΒ with the way it turned out to be…




Updated with new pictures and revised recipe on September 18, 2020: Sometimes I really wonder why I take time to update some of my favorite posts. This recipe is one that I make a lot of times, especially when we have guests. It is always so well received and wiped out all the time. But I never got the chance to update the pictures or revisit the recipe as such. Last weekend, we landed up with some lovely beef, so I decided to make this again and click in day light. I had made a meal of Neychor, Paripp Thalichath, this roast and pappadam. Of late, I have been so lazy that I am always adjusting to making majboos, or just neychor and chicken curry. But somehow I was in a little good mood, but ended up draining myself in the kitchen. Hehe…


I haven’t made much changes to the recipe as such. But I had noticed my eleema add part of the spices along with the beef while cooking, and remaining while the beef is drying. It actually adds a double dimension to the roast. I tried it during the update and totally loved the result. We love our meat totally cooked and melt-in-mouth. The highlight is always the generous bites of fried coconut chunks. You shouldn’t be stingy with the amount of coconut added. πŸ˜€ I hope you all enjoy the update! πŸ™‚




As usual, I am keeping the old picture over here… πŸ™‚ I remember this was cooked during an Eid lunch and I had clicked after cleaning the pressure cooker. Hehe…





Erachi Varattiyathu | Malabar Beef Roast

Course Main
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 750 gm beef with bone washed and patted dry
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tbsp crushed black peppercorns
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 1 to mato chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp fennel powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 34 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut bites preferably fresh
  • 6 shallots roughly chopped
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 4-5 dried chillies


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the peppercorns and fenugreek seeds and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the onions and cook till transparent.
  • Then add the tomatoes and the pastes and cook till slighly mashed.
  • Add in 3/4 of the spice powders and salt and cook till the raw smell is gone.
  • Now add the beef and mix till the masala is well coated.
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook till the beef is done - the cooking time depends on the beef.
  • Open the pressure cooker and keep the masala on high flame for the liquid to dry up. Add in the remaining spice powders, adjust seasoning, and toss well. Dry the masala till it gets all coated on the beef.
  • Now for tempering, heat a frying pan and pour in the coconut oil. Once it becomes hot, splutter the mustard seeds.
  • Add the coconut bites and shallots and fry till well done.
  • Add the curry leaves and dried chillies and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Put into your roast and mix well. Enjoy the aroma first and then devour!!! πŸ™‚

Join the Conversation

  1. Rafeeda, adipoli beef roast.

    1. thank u so much sebeena… πŸ™‚

  2. Delicious beef roast.. Loved this recipe to the core.. Bookmarked it Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much nilu… do let me know if u make it… πŸ™‚

  3. Looks delicious and mouth watering here.

    1. thank u so much asiya…

  4. very good raf……… too on the way to post a beef roast

    1. very good shaai… nammal malabaris beef kandal malarnadichu veezhunna koottaril pettathalle… πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much shama… πŸ™‚

  5. Hope the weather gets better for you dear… although I dont have beef this recipe does make me drool

    1. it's not going to get better darling, it'l go up and down till around september… πŸ™‚ thnak u so much…

  6. You are not doing any good to me today..i am starting to diet, u know !!! and u show me beef roast !! God !!! πŸ™‚

    1. haha sona… unfortunately, even i blv looking at food itself adds to ur weight!!! πŸ˜‰ thanks a lot dear…

  7. the picture tempts me lot

    1. thank u so much babitha…

  8. I can say a hello and move on with the recipe… I am all the time lost for words..:-) seriously I have to learn to pen more quality writing… and u r soo good on that! sob sob πŸ™ but the beef sure looks delicious and another recipe leaving me wishing you were just next door!

    1. haha rekha… ur comments made me laugh… all i know is to write what i think of, that's it, nothing extraorderinary… thank u so much for thinking it is good… hopefully u can come to dubai and get settled, we'l be neighbours, so that i can eat ur food as well!!! πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  9. Thats an inviting dish with beef but I have to say no because we don't eat beef. But I sm certainly interested in the flavors which will be possible even with lamb.

    1. thank u so much nava… i guess it should go well with lamb too… πŸ™‚

  10. Rafee beef roast looks adipoli !!! Here Beef preparation is his dept.Nallathu pole varatti edukum so I just need to polish my plate :)that is all.True I always think he is a better cook than me.
    Regarding rain I guess u and I are like vezhambals πŸ™‚

    1. it's been long since HD has entered the kitchen, but yes, non-veg dishes are his speciality as well… it feels nice to be cooked for, right… πŸ™‚ oh yeah vezhambal… hehe…

  11. mouth watering ……

    1. thank u so much femi… πŸ™‚

  12. Looks delicious. Rafee what does adipoli mean? Loving the sound of this word.

    1. thank u so much humi… adipoli is a colloquial malayalam used to mean "superb" or "great"… πŸ™‚

    2. Adipoli. I am adopting this word.

    3. haha… glad u liked the word!!! πŸ™‚

  13. Ugran varuval…i know guyz are tough to please πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much divya… n glad that u agree to my point as well… πŸ˜‰

  14. Oh Rafee…do u know that beef is my favourite meet which I hardly cook these days ….there was a time when I used to eat beef from a restaurant on a regular basis very Friday..gone are those days πŸ™ I totally agree with ur writing an intro part..I too like to scribble something before going to recipe but I always have mental blocks..that's why I don't post recipes often as I like..he he..I like ur writing style…keep gong…

    1. even we cook beef very rarely at home, but just like u, over weekends, when we go to restaurants, beef roast is a must!!! atleast for me, i love to have it with vellapam… πŸ™‚ thank u so much for your lovely words, vinee… πŸ™‚

  15. when I ran out of ideas for fancy stuff, I always go back to beef roast, its always a winner in our family! I like your ramblings Rafee so keep them coming πŸ˜›

    1. thanks a lot, darling… xoxo hehe…

  16. wow i just cant say no to this…great space love the recipes

    1. thank u so much biny… πŸ™‚

  17. Ahh.. I disagree on that one Rafee.. Actually men r better cook than women, in my experience.. My dad is a better cook than my mom & now my hubby is an excellent cook !! And I feel it's because they cook once in a while and so they don't care about calories & enjoy their cooking πŸ™‚ Anyways this beef roast looks awesome.. Ur guests must have had a great time !!

    1. hmm… ur reasoning may be correct chitz… we are so careful about adding oil, spices or sugar, which they really aren't… I give in to u!!! πŸ™‚ thank u so much dear…

  18. The beef roast looks so so yum Rafee. However, in my experience, though men can be tough to please, they can be easily fooled πŸ˜‰ I have whipped up some simple and humble platters and have got away with awesome comments from The Techie as well as his friends! Make it look sophisticated and work on the flavours that they are bound to like, and you have them all πŸ˜‰ (I hope none of these guys will ever read this :D)

    1. aha… so again some tricks coming up!!! lol on that last line… πŸ˜€ thank u so much dear…

  19. Beautiful pictures..looks delicious…

    1. thank u so much divya…

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