I have served this dish at my PomPom Indian Pop-Ups and it is a real crowdpleaser amongst red meat lovers. Easier than you might imagine, it requires not much effort to put together a pot of flavourful, tender Nadan Beef curry. Familiarise yourself with the ingredients in this curry and you’ll soon begin to understand the backbone of Kerala and its cuisine which is revered as the “Spice Capital of India.”
This dish in many ways defines Kerala. Hinduism is the largest population in India, with close to 80% of the population defining themselves as Hindus. Cows in Hinduism are sacred symbols of life that are protected and revered. Due to the majority of the population, most parts of northern, central and western India, hold a complete or partial ban on cattle slaughter and beef consumption.
Kerala however is one of the few states in India that does not have a ban on beef and its beef dishes are loved and devoured by people of all religion and caste. This dish then is not only a statement of Indian cuisine, but it is a statement of Indian politics.