Beef Stew


Among the different types of ‘stews’ that I make, ‘Beef Stew’ is my favorite! I follow my Mom’s recipe which I think is quite unique. In Kerala Christian homes, it is served for Breakfast along with ‘Appam’. But I would go for ‘Bread and Beef Stew’, if given a choice! 🙄


Beef cubes- 1/2 kg

Onion – 1 sliced

Green chillies – 4 slit

Ginger – 1″ piece

Salt – to taste

Boiled Potatoes – 2

Boiled Carrots – 2

Peppercorns – 6

Cinnamon – 1″ piece

Cardamom -4

Cloves – 4

Cashew nuts – 6

Kismis – 6

Onion – 1 sliced

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Coconut oil – 2 tbsp

Thin coconut milk – 2 cups

Thick coconut milk – 1/2 cup

All purpose flour/ Maida – 2tbsp

Sugar – 2 tsp



Wash and clean the beef cubes. Put it into a pressure cooker along with sliced onions, ginger and green chillies. Add salt and enough water to cover the beef. Close the lid and cook for 15 to 25 minutes. (The time depends on the quality of beef you are using.) Peel the boiled potatoes and carrots, and cut them into big cubes. Keep aside. In a large non-stick pan, heat oil and add peppercorns. Close the pan with a lid and allow the peppercorns to splutter. Reduce the heat and add cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Stir for a few seconds and add the sliced onions and curry leaves. Fry till the onion turns pink. Add the cashew nuts and fry till they turn light brown. Now add the kismis and fry for few seconds more. Then add the cooked beef along with the water. Also add the potatoes and carrots. Pour the thin coconut milk and mix well. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Open the lid and add sugar and maida mixed with a little water. Add more salt if needed. Simmer it for another 5 minutes more. Stir occasionally. Finally add the thick coconut milk and mix well. When it is about to boil, switch off the flame. Mouthwatering ‘Beef Stew’ is ready to be served! 😯

  1. YUM! I made shn’s veg stew with same looks and it was so wonderful My kids love Beef, will try this!:)

  2. Beef stew..To tell you the truth..I have had only chicken, mutton or veg..stew….never this…And yes I like it with white bread as well…

  3. thank you asha! i am sure your kids will love this 😆

  4. rachel, next time you try beef stew with white bread…and tell me 😛

  5. Lissie it looks delicious.
    I love them with bread and appoms

  6. thanks, F! nice to see you back… 😀

  7. I love beef stew too, but I’d rather have it with appam than bread, if someone else is cooking 🙂 It looks delicious…

  8. hi sig, beef stew and appam is a very good combination! 😛

  9. I must try your version of beef stew.

  10. thanks, cynthia! i bet you will love it!! 😆

  11. This looks wonderful. 🙂

  12. That looks so good and comforting. Thnx for sharing!

  13. thank you mona! nice to hear from you…:))

  14. thanks jeena! do visit again 😀

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  16. First off, let me say that you look exactly like my husband’s uncle’s wife! Secondly, your ishtu is great. The only modification I make is to add garam masala to the meat when I cook it in the pressure cooker (and more in the gravy if it doesn’t taste like it has enough). Thank you for posting this!

  17. Thank u this turned out wonderful brought bak childhood memories 🙂

  18. Dear Lissie, I would like to use 1kg of beef. Could you please tell me whether I have to double all the ingredients? Thank you Bindhu.

  19. Hi Bindu,

    You just have to double the ingredients, if you are preparing Beef Stew with 1 kg of beef.