19th May 2024

Goan Red Beef Roast

Goan Red Beef Roast

The Goan Red Beef Roast is another way to make the roast beef and as you make have guessed, it uses red masala. The beef cooked this way is great to make sandwiches. In fact, I cooked it two days in a row sometime back and the boys just finished it off in sandwiches lined with green chutney (see here) each day that I made it.

Serves: 6 to 8 Persons

Prep. Time: 20 Mins. + marination

Cooking Time: 50 to 55 Mins.


  • Beef (boneless, cut in 4 chunks) – 1 kg.
  • Lime – 1 big
  • Onion (chopped) – 1 medium
  • For the Marinade / Masala
    • Red Chillies [Bedgi] – 2
    • Red Chillies [Kashmiri] – 2
    • Cinnamon – 1 inch
    • Cloves – 2
    • Black Pepper Corns – 8 to 10
    • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp.
    • Ginger – 1 inch
    • Garlic – 8 to 10 cloves
    • Palm Vinegar – 3 to 4 tbsp.
  • Red Chillies (stemmed & broken) – 2
  • Black Pepper Corns – 8 to 10
  • Cloves – 4 to 6
  • Stock Cube (dissolved in 50 ml hot water) – 1 small
  • Palm Jaggery – 1 tbsp.
  • Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Salt – 1 tbsp. or as needed

Step 1:     Wash the chunks of meat and drain well. Take a knife or fork and pierce the meat on all sides (this helps the marinade penetrate). Apply 1 tbsp. salt and the juice of the lime and leave aside for 30 minutes.

Step 2:     Grind the ingredients listed under marinade to a fine paste. When the beef has stood for half an hour with the lime and salt rub, marinate it with this paste for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Making of Goan Red Beef Roast

Step 3:     Place a pressure cooker/pan on heat and add 1 ½ tbsp. oil and add the whole spices (cloves, pepper & red chillies). Saute for 30 seconds on medium heat. Next add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Then add the marinated meat cook on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Switch to medium heat and cook the chunks for another 8 to 10 minutes turning the chunks of meat over in between (the meat will release its juices).

Making of Goan Red Beef Roast
Making of Goan Red Beef Roast

Step 4:     Add the stock, jaggery and put on the lid of the pressure cooker. Cook on high heat till the 1st whistle. Switch to low heat and cook for another 35 minutes. Later, switch off the heat and allow the pressure cooker to release pressure naturally.

Making of Goan Red Beef Roast

Step 5:     (optional) Open the lid of the pressure cooker and take out the chunks of meat. Switch on the heat and reduce the liquids to make a sauce. Add the meat to the sauce and coat them well. Switch off the heat. –OR— Remove the meat and slice it. Strain the liquid left in the pan and make a sauce. Drizzle this sauce over the slices of meat.

Making of Goan Red Beef Roast
Making of Goan Red Beef Roast
Making of Goan Red Beef Roast
Making of Goan Red Beef Roast


  1. Please explain why is Black pepper corn used twice (8-10 & 8-10)also explain Marinate masala starts from 2 red bedgi chillies to 3-4 Tblsps palm vinegar. Confused. Please help. Thanks in advance. The recipe seems tasty.

    • You are correct about the marinade masala Joaqium. The black pepper corn is not repeated. i.e 8 yo 10 are used in the marinade and another 8 to 10 whilst cooking!

    • The uncooked marinade will definitely taste more spicy and sour. It reduces after cooking. The sour also depends on the maturity of your vinegar – adjust accordingly. To reduce spice omit the Red Chillies and Black Pepper whilst cooking.

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