Eid Eats 2015: Beef Turmeric in Coconut Milk

The I am so delighted to be joining Eid Eats once again. It is such a blessing that we have witnessed another year of Ramadan. Alhamdulillah.

Eid Eats is hosted by the three lovely people – Sarah @ Flour and Spice, Henna @ My Ninja Naan and Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies. Thank you, ladies, for your efforts.

In our home, or let me say in our tribe, we have two very important ingredients when we cook our dishes – turmeric powder and the somewhat paste-like called ‘Palapa‘ or ‘Sakurab‘ which is a mixture of ginger, special kind of spring onions which the white part is more than the green and chilies.

'Palapa' or 'Sakurab'
‘Palapa’ or ‘Sakurab’

We use these two together in cooking veggies, meat and chicken. I think we are fond of seeing stews in yellow. 😉

Beef Turmeric in Coconut Milk by The Not So Creative Cook 1

My Mom used to prepare this dish even if it’s not Eid because it is my father’s favorite. But this is also a must-have during Eid in our home. If I can remember it correctly, this was the first dish I have cooked for my father. 🙂 This goes well with white rice, but usually served with yellow rice during Eid.

This is very easy to make -much easier than the Chicken Piaparan I have shared during last year’s Eid Eats.

Beef Turmeric in Coconut Milk


  • 500g beef, cut into bite size pieces (about less than 1 inch in size)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Palapa or Sakurab paste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Spring onions
  • Potatoes, cubed (optional)
  • Cooking oil


  1. In a cooking pot, saute onions and tomatoes in medium heat. Add ‘sakurab/palapa’ paste.
  2. Add beef and cook until no longer pink and most liquid has evaporated. Add turmeric powder.
  3. Add potatoes. (Since beef is sliced into cubes and in less than 1 inch in size, it can be cooked when the potatoes are cooked, too.)
  4. Add in coconut milk. Cook for about 8 minutes or until the beef and potatoes are cooked.
  5. Add coconut cream. Let it boil for a few minutes. Add salt to taste. Turn off the heat.
  6. Add spring onions.
  7. Serve with white rice.


Canned coconut milk/cream can be used.

If using freshly grated coconut, follow these steps:

  • Prepare 3 bowls and strainer.
  • Bowl 1: put 2 cups of grated coconut and 1 cup water. Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze until you get a very beautiful coconut cream.
  • Get Bowl 2, top with the strainer, pour the coconut cream and squeeze until the coconut is dry. Set aside. Take note to save the used grated coconut. (This is coconut cream – thicker one)
  • Now, you have the used grated coconut. Go back to Bowl 1 and put the used grated coconut and add 1 cup water and again, squeeze, squeeze, squeeze…
  • Get Bowl 3, top with the strainer, pour the coconut milk and squeeze until the coconut is dry. (This is coconut milk – the thinner one)
  • Now, you can throw the used grated coconut. Clearly, you have the coconut cream and milk in separate bowls.

Palapa or Sakurab paste can be substituted:

You will need:

  • ½ cup white part of spring onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped ginger
  • 2-3 bird’s eye chili (or add more if you want screaming spicy)

Put the ingredients for palapa in a food processor and pulse for 1 or 2 seconds. (Not longer than that because you are not making it to a full paste-like spices.) You can also use mortar and pestle for this or you can put them in a ziplock bag and pound. Set aside until ready to use.

Beef Turmeric in Coconut Milk by The Not So Creative Cook 2

This dish is very easy to make, yet so tasty. I hope you enjoy spending time with me today.

Eid Mubarak to all my fellow Muslims! 


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18 thoughts on “Eid Eats 2015: Beef Turmeric in Coconut Milk

    1. Salam, Asiya. Sorry to be just responding. Work has gotten in the way. Anyway, thank you so much and I am glad you liked the dish. Have a lovely week ahead. 🙂 xx

  1. Salaam Jhuls! Eid Mubarak to you and yours!
    This dish is so interesting, I’ve never seen anything like it before. From what country does this dish originate?
    Also, If you go to this link:
    You can add your post so everyone else who is participating in Eid Eats 2015 can take a look at it too. I don’t want you to miss out on all the fun 🙂
    And thank you so much for participating! Love your submission!

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