Beef Roast


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A popular Sunday brunch or party special starter item, the Beef roast is a common feature in Kerala households. The beef is roasted till brown and done along with select spices and ground paste.

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Cooking Time: 45 mins to 1 hr

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1 kg beef rump
6 to 8 cloves (laung / lavang)
2 pcs of cinnamon (dalchini)
8 to 12 whole dry kashmiri red chillies
1/2 tbsp peppercorns
8 to 12 cloves of garlic (lehsun), crushed
4 to 6 tbsp oil and few curry leaves (kadi patta)

For marinating the Meat
1 1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste
2 to 3 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste

For Garnish
3 big sized onions, finely cut in rings and fried till brown and crisp
4 to 6 big sized potatoes par boiled, peeled, cut in 4 lengthwise and fried to a golden brown & crisp


  1. Wash the chunk of meat nicely- drain
  2. Then prick nicely with a fork all over marinate with the ingredients given under marination for atleast 2-3 hrs or over night in the fridge.
  3. Next day, take the pressure pan add oil when hot add the whole spices (cloves, cinnamon, dry chillies, pepper corns, garlic pod, curry leaves) & fry on med.
  4. Heat till the cloves, peppercorns pop up & the garlic is brown
  5. Now put the marinated meat chunk & fry turning it all over to seal the juices, fry to a light brown on all sides.
  6. add ½ cup of water along with the marination juices cover the cooker, put the stopper & leave to cook after the first whistle lower flame to min. & leave to cook for 20 mins.
  7. When done put off gas & leave the cooker to cool down on it’s own.
  8. Open the lid & put back on the gas & continue cooking till all the soup has been absorbed by the meat
  9. Remove from heat & let the meat cool down a little
  10. Cut into thin slices & keep. in the same pressure cooker pan add a little more oil
  11. To the whole spices still in the cooker
  12. When hot fry the meat slices on med.
  13. Heat to a light brown (don’t fry it too much then it will become hard) & remove. arrange the meat slices in the center of a platter, & decorate the sides with fried potato wedges & fried onions.
  14. Serve with tomato ketchup.
  15. If you want to make a sauce to pour over the roast slices then when you remove the chunk of meat for slicing
  16. Strain the soup - & keep aside.
  17. Discard the spices.
  18. Put the pressure cooker pan back on to the gas on medium heat
  19. Add 2-3 tbspns of butter when the butter has melted add 2 tbspns of maida flour & fry till the flour turns a golden brown now add the soup + ¼ - ½ cup of water & keep on stirring
  20. Remove any lumps if any
  21. Continue stirring for 2 mins on low flame or till the sauce thickens
  22. Remove & serve over sliced roasted beef along with your fried potatoes, onions & ketchup.
  23. If the sauce becomes too thick add ¼ cup water & stir till the thickness is achieved.
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This recipe was contributed by pearlie on 28 Feb 2004

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