Idiyirachi | Stir-fried dried buffalo meat

Dried buffalo meat

Most of you might be wondering by the name ‘ idiyirachi ‘. It is nothing but the shredded dry beef which is stir fried with shallots and other ingredients. This is absolutely a variety dish for all the non veg lovers. Here beef is marinated with salt and turmeric and is sun-dried for a week till it becomes completely moisture free and turns black in colour. This is how the beef is dried. Beef can also be dried using dryers which takes only 2 days for complete drying. If you marinate 3 kg of beef, then after drying you will be getting only 1 kg of dried beef.

Idiyirachi is not so common in every places. Even every restaurants do not serve the same. You will also get dried beef in packets in markets nowadays. But these are very expensive. So, it is better to dry the beef your own at your home.

Before preparing the stir fried dry beef, make sure you soak the dry beef in water. After 2 – 3 hours you may see that the beef has become softer. You can use a stone grinder to crush it into fine pieces. If you want thin pieces, you may use mixer grinder also.

The shredded dried beef is then sauted with shallots, curry leaves and other ingredients. Check the below recipe and prepare this dish at your home also. I am sure you will prepare it again and again.

Ingredients :

  • Dried beef – 500 g
  • Water – to soak beef
  • Shallots – 15
  • Garlic pods – 8
  • Dry red chillies – 5
  • Pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Coconut oil – 2 tablespoon

Method of preparation :

  • Soak the dried beef in water for 2-3 hours
  • Crush the soaked beef into fine pieces and keep it aside
  • Crush shallots, garlic and dry red chillies together
  • Heat coconut oil in a nonstick pan and add shallot mixture
  • Add curry leaves and saute the mixture till the colour changes to brown
  • Add the shredded beef and pepper powder
  • Mix everything well till it becomes dry
  • Delicious idiyirachi is ready to be served with hot rice.

Beef with onions

Beef with onions

Here is a simple recipe of beef using onions. This is a less spicy curry which can be used as side dish for rice and chapatis. It can be easily prepared using lesser ingredients. The speciality of this curry is that we do not use any kind of masala powders in it. Addition of celery and capsicum provides an extra flavour to this delicious curry. All the beef lovers may check out this easy and less spicy recipe of beef at your home also.

Ingredients :

  • Beef – 500 g
  • Onions chopped in cube shape – 3 medium
  • Tomatoes chopped – 1
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Celery chopped – 1/2 cup
  • Capsicum chopped – 1/2 cup
  • Cornflour – 1 tablespoon
  • Soya sauce – 2 teaspoon
  • Oil – 3 tablespoon
  • Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – as needed

Method of preparation :

  • Wash, clean and cut the beef into small cubes
  • Pressure cook the beef by adding enough salt, vinegar and water
  • Remove with a little gravy
  • Saute the cooked meat, celery onions, green chillies and tomato in oil
  • Add 1 cup of water, cooked beef stock and let it simmer till the onions are cooked completely
  • Mix the cornflour and soya sauce in half cup of water and stir into the meat
  • When the gravy becomes thick, switch off the flame
  • Serve hot with rice, chapatis, naan, etc.

Shredded Beef

Shredded Beef
Shredded beef

Each piece of meat is different. The thickness, water content, fat density, the position of bones etc will affect its cooking time. Fatty cut of beef takes longer time to cook. In this ‘beef thoran’ recipe, we should take only the meat portion without bone. Beef is a red meat. A properly cooked red meat is dark and firm to touch. So cook till the meat is firm.

Here beef pieces are shredded using a mixer. Masala is prepared and is mixed with shredded coconut along with fennel seeds.

Make sure to keep the flame in medium level, so that the prepared masala, coconut and beef gets sync with each other and provides a delicious taste to our taste buds. If you want to try out a variety and easy recipe using beef, here is a simple recipe for you.


  • Beef (cut into small cubes) – 500 g
  • Grated coconut – 1.5 cups
  • Chopped onion – 2
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Garlic pods – 6
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Dry red chillies – 2
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon
  • Kashmiri chilli powder – 2 teaspoon
  • Pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Coconut oil – 2 tablespoon

Method of preparation :

  • Cook the beef in a pressure cooker by adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Heat oil in a kadai and add onions and dry red chillies
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and saute till the onions become translucent
  • Now add chopped ginger and garlic
  • Further add turmeric powder, kashmiri chilli powder and pepper powder
  • Saute them till the raw smell goes off
  • Grind the grated coconut along with fennel seeds and then add it to kadai
  • Crush the beef using mixer grinder and further mix it with the prepared masala
  • Adjust the salt and pepper
  • You can serve it with boiled rice, Chappathi, etc.

This recipe can be used serve for 10 persons.

Preparation time : 30 min

Cooking time : 30 min

Bon appetit. Hope you will enjoy this recipe!