My aim for this recipe was simple: Create a slow cook beef stew which was quick and easy to assemble, used simple larder ingredients and was a contrast to all those lovely beef in red wine variants. A few attempts later, here it is – a beautifully simple, tasty, slow cook stew!
Beef in Coconut (Serves 6)
1.5kg diced stewing beef
2 tsp Coriander seed
2 tsp Cumin seed
5 cardamon pods
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tin coconut milk
2 cinnamon sticks
Juice of half a lemon
First there’s a couple of minutes of preparing the spices: Peel and chop the garlic, crush the cumin and coriander seeds and lightly crush the cardamom pods just so they split. Put all of these in a casserole with the olive oil and heat for a minute or so.
Now for the rest of the stew: Add the meat and brown. Pour in the coconut milk and lemon juice, add the cinnamon sticks. Preparation done.
Bake in a cool oven (140C or Aga simmering oven) for 3 hours until tender.
Check seasoning before serving with some chopped fresh coriander sprinkled over the top. Goes brilliantly with new potatoes or rice, and some lovely leafy greens like Spring Greens, Kale or Cavalo Nero.
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