Monday, April 22, 2013

Unakka Irachi Chathachathu

  • Dried beef : 10 pieces
  • Dry chilly or green chilly : 5 
  • Curry leaves few
  • Shallots : 10 
  • Garlic : 10 

Clean and cut the beef into thin pieces and marinate with salt. Dry the marinated beef in sun till it is void of the water content completely and turns dry. Occasionally, flip the beef pieces so that all the parts get equally dried. This process takes 2 to 3 weeks. [Alternately, you can also buy Beef Jerky from the supermarket.] You can store the dried beef in a clean container and can use it for a long period of time.

Shallow fry the dried beef in oil for a couple of minutes. Crush it well using a mortar and pestle and separate it well using hand or just crush once using a mixer/blender and keep it aside. Crush shallots, garlic and chilly separately. Heat oil in a kadai and add crushed shallots, garlic and curry leaves. Saute till it becomes light brown and add the  chilly. Roast it well and add the crushed beef. Combine all the ingredients and stir it for a few mins.

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  1. Haven't tried my hands on dried beef.. This looks interesting and sounds delicious too :)

  2. I dont eat beef, but this look really good!

  3. Such a droolworthy dish, i dont eat beef, eventhough am drooling here..

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  5. Thanks Tina for swinging by my space. You have a beautiful blog with lots of authentic keralite cusines.

    I had 'Unakka Irrachi achar' during my college days, but never had this irrachi chathachathu, sounds and looks really yumm!!!

  6. Well I tried this dish as you mentioned and it came out good, except that you mentioned to marinate the beef pieces only with salt, and I instead, marinated it with salt turmeric powder, red chilly powder and pepper and kept it to dry for 2 days. The smoky flavor from drying the beef adds taste to the dish. Good recipe. Great website.