Naadan Beef Urulakizhangu Curry | Beef Curry with Potatoes

Today seems to be such a beautiful day. Even though the temperatures are not that low to speak off, still a look outside from my balcony speaks of a lot of serenity. Can be because it’s the blessed Friday!!! When the skies look clear with a beautiful tinge of blue, I feel automatically it would make anybody’s mood feel nice. I enjoyed my time in the kitchen, peaking out to see the beautiful blue time to time. By the way, my parents have reached safely back home and the kids seem to be missing them more than I do! I sometimes feel they also need a break from their current surroundings, right? ๐Ÿ™‚


Normally when unmma is around, it’s easy to decide on dinner. She will decide on the main ingredient and then I have to do the rest. One day, while I came back from office, umma had already put the beef in the bowl. That’s when I thought of making curry in our “thani naadan” (absolute country) style. While I was doing the cooking, umma was sitting in the kitchen, so I inquired with umma as to how beef used to get cooked on the “aduppu” (flame oven) back home long time before. She said that they would leave it on the lit stove from 9 am in the morning, adding little water and stirring occasionally to ensure that it does not get stuck to the pan and then take it off only after the men would come back after the special Friday “Jumuah” prayers at around 2 pm! I remembered how good that beef curry on Fridays used to taste along with Neychoru. Just awesome!!! To recreate the same taste these days is very difficult, considering that most of us are so time-strapped and even the technology available – gas, pressure cooker, etc. – facilitates quick cooking and may not replicate the old tastes. This simple beef curry has some awesome flavors that gets close to the naadan beef curry, without the “aduppu” and the “chatti”, of course. If time permits sometime in the future, I would really love to put this on slow cooking and see how much time it takes to make it, but for that I have to be really ready to take it from my HD for the gas bills then! ๐Ÿ˜‰


5 from 1 vote

Naadan Beef Potato Curry

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • For marination:
  • 500 gm beef washed well
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • For curry:
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 pcs cinnamon
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 large onions thinly sliced
  • 3 green chilies slit
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 2 large potatoes chopped into large pcs
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves for garnish


  • Combine the "For marination" ingredients into a bowl and set aside for at least an hour.
  • In a pressure cooker, heat the oil. Fry the fennel seeds, cinnamon and cloves for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the onions and green chillies and cook till soft.
  • Add the tomatoes and continue to cook till the tomatoes gets fairly mashed.
  • Add in the coriander powder and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add the marinated beef along with all the masala and the potatoes and give it a nice mix.
  • Add minimum water - around 1/2 cup or less - and salt.
  • Close the lid of the cooker and cook till the beef is done. Normally I cook for three whistles on high and 10 minutes on low flame but solely depends on the beef! Switch off the pressure cooker and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Open the lid, switch on the flame to minimum, sprinkle in the garam masala and pepper powder and allow to simmer for a few minutes.
  • Garnish with curry leaves and serve warm with chappathis or porotta!

Join the Conversation

  1. I can't comment on beef because it's taboo for us. Yet the curry is lovely, spices and potatoes rolled in. Delicious and sure perfect for us, as usual with lots of rice.

    1. thank u so much nava…

  2. Nice one Rafee. After reading your blog I too peaked out from my balcony to enjoy the nature's beauty of this beautiful Friday.

    1. nice to know that priya… feels nice to appreciate the beauty of nature… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I don't make beef but this one looks delicious. Perfect with hot steaming rice and our nadan porotta.

    1. thank u so much nandoo…

  4. I dont eat beef but i ould love to give a try with chicken, can have happily with some rotis.

    1. thank u so much akka…

  5. Ahhha nice beef curry.True when all those ola and madal are lying around the yard cooking can go on from 9 to 2 and all the elderly women at home get a chance to stir every time they pass by the aduppu.:))

    1. so true meena… the golden age of cooking, food used to taste much better then, i feel… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Loved the ingredients and the final result.Woul love to have it with some plain rice.

    1. thank u so much aysha…

  7. ethinulla marupadi njan fb il koduthitundu ๐Ÿ˜› :P…

    1. athu njan thanne evide copy paste cheyyam: "naadan beefu..curry chatti…mundu..pettanu oormavannathu Neram movie yilae dialogue…"aadhyathae…umm….beach indae side…sunset…" daivamae…!!! ๐Ÿ˜› :P" enikku kazhiyela… where all ur head goes, sona!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Nice curry dear, I dont eat beef, may be will try with chicken…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  9. Can't resist the beef curry…..looks extra delicious with potatoes… ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. thank u so much remya… ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. totally agree with you and Meena, nothing can replicate the beef curries cooked in aduppu with ola and madal…good post dear..

    1. thank u so much ruxana…

  11. love beef with potatoes. aiyoo, a chattiyum curryyum enne kothipicchu.

    1. thank u so much sebeena…

  12. Delicious beef curry, love the simple recipe for making it!

    1. thank u so much ambreen…

  13. Nice curry for porotta..looks delicious

    1. thank u so much resna…

  14. I love to read your write-ups, more than your recipes! every time something to tell.Ummaye miss cheyyunnu alley.We all luv naadan beef curry.

    1. thank u so much shaami… ummare pinne ellarum miss cheyyarille… ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Torture .It's been ages since I tasted beef.Looks fabulous and aroma reaches here.

    1. ayyoda, i'm sorry if i've done dat, dhyuthi.. hehe…

  16. don't eat beef. But can imagine this curry with meat. adipoli.

    1. thank u so much humi…

  17. Wow Rafee the curry looks so delicious.. I would want to make this mutton soon.

    1. thank u so much rekha…

  18. Lots of great looking dishes here! I can't keep up with all the dishes I want to make…there's always so many good ones ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Thank you…

  19. 5 stars
    Very tasty. Used a large saucepan and extra liquid. Marinated a piece of steak and cut into bite size pieces before cooking. Served with basmati rice cooked with chickpeas stirred through. Will be making it again.

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