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Sri Lankan spicy devilled beef stir-fry.

Sri Lankan spicy devilled beef stir-fry.

Spicy beef stir fry in which, tender beef chunks/strips are tossed in a mix of spicy ingredients to give you a beef recipe aptly named devilled beef.

If you loved my Sri Lankan devil chicken dish on the blog then you’ll definitely want to try the devilled beef version of it.

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.

How to serve the devilled beef

  • You can serve the spicy stir-fry with a simple mixed vegetable fried rice.
  • Add them to your regular rice and curry menu.
  • Perfect for spicy grilled sandwiches.
  • they are ideal for appetizers, starters, picnics and tailgating.

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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.

More beef recipes you might like.

Slow-cooked Sri Lankan beef curry.

Slow-cooked Indian beef and potato curry.

No curry powder-Sri Lankan chilli beef curry.

Easy beef-pumpkin curry.

RECIPE DIFFICULTY -EASY

Sri Lankan spicy Devilled beef stir-fry.

Please make sure to read the recipe instructions carefully to avoid mistakes.

Ingredients

The 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 tablespoons of dark soy sauce

1/4 cup white vinegar(any type of vinegar should do)

3 tablespoons of oil

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, substitute with 1 bell pepper)

3 tablespoons of tomato sauce(add more if necessary)

1 tablespoon of sugar

2 tablespoons of red chilli flecks

Salt to season

Method

Have all the ingredients ready before you make the devilled beef stir-fry.

Combine beef slices(700g), vinegar(1/4 cup), dark soy sauce(2 tbsp), pepper(2 tbsp)into 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(3 tbsp).

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(a sprig), cinnamon(1″ piece), ginger(1 tbsp), garlic(5 cloves minced), onions(3 medium, cut into thick wedges), tomatoes(medium cut into wedges, banana peppers(100g malumiris, substitute with 1 bell pepper).

Do a quick stir-fry of these ingredients for 10 minutes.

Reduce heat and add the beef,

Add tomato sauce(3 tbsp), sugar(1 tbsp), salt to season, chilli flakes(2 tbsp), 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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Sri Lankan spicy devilled beef stir-fry.

Sri Lankan spicy devilled beef stir-fry.

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Sri Lankan spicy devilled beef stir-fry.

Spicy beef stir fry in which, tender beef chunks/strips are tossed in a mix of spicy ingredients to give you a beef recipe aptly named devilled beef.

If you loved my Sri Lankan devil chicken dish on the blog then you’ll definitely want to try the devilled beef version of it.

Ingredients

Instructions

Have all the ingredients ready before you make the devilled beef stir-fry.

Combine beef slices(700g), vinegar(1/4 cup), dark soy sauce(2 tbsp), pepper(2 tbsp)into 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(3 tbsp).

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(a sprig), cinnamon(1″ piece), ginger(1 tbsp), garlic(5 cloves minced), onions(3 medium, cut into thick wedges), tomatoes(medium cut into wedges, banana peppers(100g malumiris, substitute with 1 bell pepper).

Do a quick stir-fry of these ingredients for 10 minutes.

Reduce heat and add the beef,

Add tomato sauce(3 tbsp), sugar(1 tbsp), salt to season, chilli flakes(2 tbsp), 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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 706Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 797mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 50g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Ayesha

Friday 31st of May 2019

Just reading the Ethod on how to make this spicy stir fry is making my mouth water. Looks great and delicious. I have almost all the ingredients at home except for Malu miris and vinegar. So i will just have to be patient and wait till i buy those and then i can make this delicious receipe. Thank you so much for sharing I am also SriLanka ❤️

jehan

Friday 31st of May 2019

Hi Ayesha, You can definitely do it without the malu miris but vinegar is a must to tenderize the meat slightly so make the devilled beef when you have the ingredients. hope you like it and thank you for taking the time to write to me. And you are most welcome. Regards, J

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