You might have noticed the name change of the blog 😀 I have switched to a regional name to an English one. So you will further see butterflyandsand as ” adukkalachinthukal”.
Coming back to this recipe, we got some Beef chathachathu/ dried beef few days back.Usually people in high range area like Munnar/Idukki make this sun dried beef /unakka erachi to store it for longer period of time.( mainly to use during rainy season)
This is easily available in packet in a many supermarket now.We just need to add some additional ingredients as per our wish to make it tasty.
so let’s see one version of using unakka irachi/ dried beef. The packet we got was dried and crushed beef, You could get it in different variations.
- dried beef/ unakka irachi : 1 packet/100gm
- onion : 1 medium chopped finely
- garlic : 1 medium size pod
- turmeric powder : 1/2tsp
- crushed chilli flakes/ red chilli powder : 2-3tsp
- curry leaves : handfull
- coocnut oil : 2-3 tbsp
- separate the cloves of garlic, remove the outer layer of thin skin wash the well with remaining thick skin on
- Crush the garlic in motor and pestle .
- heat a pan, add 1 -2 tbsp of oil initially , once hot add curry leaves followed by crushed garlic , let the garlic brown well and bring out the aroma.
- add chopped onion and fry that too, once everything is fried well add crushed red chilli flakes / red chilli powder ( reduce the flame to low and wait for 1 minute before adding chilli).
- Add salt as this dried beef minced will not have much salt.
- Add the dried beef and mix everything well, add more oil if needed.
- Do not fry for more than 3-4 minutes.
- Switch off and let it cool. Transfer into an airtight container and store for couple of days.
- If you are planning to keep it for more than 1 day, skip adding onions.
- Fry garlic and onions very well
- we sometimes by dried beef which is like flakes . You could follow the same for that too.
- Add chilli flakes/ red chilli powder as per your preference.
- You could add garam masalaa, fennel seed as per your taste choice.
- This taste best without any masala /or other spices itself, But there is always no harm in trying new things 😉