Beef Puli Pitha is a simple crunchy and spicy snack. Often times, people would make this pitha to share with guests as an afternoon snack. It is delicious by itself. It can be served with any sauce or chutney.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the minced beef with onion cubes, garlic and ginger pastes, salt, garam masala, green chillies and red chilli powder. Pour 1/2 cup of water and stir well. Allow the meat to be cooked until the water dries and the oil starts to float on top. Set aside the fried beef.
Add the flour, 4 tablespoons of oil, salt and 1 cup lukewarm water to make a smooth dough. Make small balls out of the dough and roll each ball out like a flattened round shape. Cut 2-3 round shapes out of the flattened dough. Fill each half of the circle with the fried beef filling. Cover and close the filling with the other half of the round shape. Twist the circumference or the arced ends of the folded semi circle so that the filling does not come out and a braid like design forms.
Repeat for the rest of the dough.
Heat a deep frying pan with oil and fry until golden brown. Use enough oil so that the pitha or the beef pulis are submerged in the hot oil ( 2-3 cups 250 g oil).