Sri Lankan spicy devilled beef stir-fry.
Tender beef tossed in a mix of spicy ingredients to give you this over the top hot dish or a meal in a wrap for a quick dinner.
If you loved my Sri Lankan devil chicken dish on the blog then you’ll definitely want to try the beef version of it, devil beef curry.
As always, I have tried to include as much detail as possible to give you the best chance of cooking up a restaurant-style spicy beef stir-fry.
So make sure to read and follow the recipe instructions, especially if you are trying to make the spicy stir-fry for the first time.
There are so many ways to serve this spicy dish, serve as an appetizer or a side dish for a mixed vegetable fried rice.
For Sri Lankans, this is the perfect bites or tailgating recipe.
So gather all the simple ingredients mentioned below and make this dry beef devil curry for the family to enjoy.
Utensils and appliances needed.
Chopping board, knife, large bowl, wok, wooden spoon.
What kind of beef should I use to make the Sri Lankan beef stir-fry?
Sirloin, ribeye, top loin (strip), tenderloin can be used for the spicy beef stir-fry.
If you can, choose tenderloin as this cut gives you the most tender meat.
How to cut the beef for a stir-fry.
In a stir-fry, the meat needs to be cooked fast over medium flame for a short period of time and yet be tender, for this purpose the beef needs to be cut into thin strips but yet be slightly chunky in the middle.
Here’s how you cut beef for a stir-fry so it cooks faster.
1. find which way the muscle fiber of the grain runs(these look like small lines running over the meat).
2. Once you know which way the lines on the meat are running, use a sharp knife and cut against these grains, by doing this, you are actually shortening the muscle fibers of the meat.
How to tenderize chunky cubes of beef.
If you prefer to have chunky, pieces of beef for this devilled beef curry, then gently pound the beef for a few seconds just to break down the muscle fibers a bit more.
The best way to do this is to place the meat between a cling film and give a few short whacks on it.
How spicy is the devilled beef stir-fry?
The beef is really spicy so make sure you adjust the amount of pepper and chilli flakes to reduce the spiciness of the beef to your taste.
Meal ideas for this Sri Lankan dish.
- You can serve the spicy stir-fry with a simple mixed vegetable fried rice.
- Perfect for spicy grilled sandwiches.
- You can make a Sri Lankan devilled beef wrap for the family.
- they are ideal for appetizers, starters, picnics and tailgating.
Sri Lankan spicy
Devilled beef stir-fry.
Please make sure to read the recipe instructions carefully to avoid mistakes.
Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.
700g of beef(for best results I would suggest using without bones).
2 tablespoons of black pepper
2 tablespoon of dark soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar(any type of vinegar should do)
A sprig of curry leaves
1-inch cinnamon piece
1 tablespoon minced ginger
5 cloves of garlic minced
3 medium-sized onions cut into thick wedges
3 medium-sized tomatoes cut into slices
100g of banana peppers(malumiris, this would probably be 4-5, cut into a slight angle)
3 tablespoons of tomato sauce(add more if necessary)
1 tablespoon of sugar
2 tablespoon of red chilli flecks
Salt to season
Have all the ingredients ready before you make the devilled beef stir-fry.
Combine beef slices, vinegar, soy sauce, pepper in a medium-sized bowl. leave the beef to marinate for 20-30 minutes.
Place a frying pan or wok over low-medium heat and pour in the oil.
Once the oil heats, add the marinated beef to the oil(make sure you don’t add any leftover liquid while transferring the beef to the pan). save the marinade to use later.
Semi-fry the beef slices while tossing them around for 10-12 minutes over medium heat until they turn brown(not too dark or crispy).
Once brown, set the beef on kitchen towels to drain excess oil.
Place the same pan you used to fry beef over medium heat, pour a few tablespoons of oil if necessary then add curry leaves, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, banana peppers(malumiris), do a quick stir-fry of these ingredients for 10 minutes.
Reduce heat, add the beef, tomato sauce, sugar, salt to season, chilli flakes and pour in any left-over marinade from the meat, continue stir-frying the ingredients. 3-5 minutes.
Continue cooking, taste and check if the seasoning is balanced and cook until the Sri Lankan beef is almost dry. 5 minutes.
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