Moroccan Style Beef Stew

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time150 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
900g lean boneless shin of beef or chuck steak, cut into 2.5cm cubes
2tbsp plain flour
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
1tbsp ground cumin
2tbsp Moroccan spices, e.g. Ras El Hanout (available in the spice aisle at larger supermarkets)
3tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
2 medium onions, peeled and finely sliced
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped or crushed
600ml good, hot beef stock
400g can chick peas, drained

For the garnish

3tbsp Greek yogurt
2tbsp freshly chopped mint

Place the flour in a large, clean, plastic food bag, season and add the cumin and Moroccan spices. Gently toss the beef cubes in the seasoned flour to coat.

Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F.

Heat 2tbsp of oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the beef in batches. Transfer to a large ovenproof casserole dish.

In the same frying pan add the remaining oil and cook the onions and garlic for 2-3 minutes then transfer to the casserole.

Add the stock, bring to the boil, cover and cook in in the oven for 2½ hours, or until the beef is tender.

15 minutes before the end of the cooking time add the chick peas and return to the oven.

Garnish the stew with the yogurt and mint and serve with steamed couscous, rice or mash.

Tip: Alternatively, cook the stew on the hob over a low heat for 2-2½hours, stirring occasionally.

Slow Cooker Version:

This recipe works well in a slow cooker too but use only 300ml beef stock. Follow method points 1-4. Then transfer to the slow cooker.

Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan and cook the onions and garlic then transfer to the slow cooker with the stock. Cook on High for 4 hours (or you could cook on low for 8 hours). Add the chick peas during the last 30 minutes of the cooking time. Garnish the stew with the yogurt and mint and serve with steamed couscous, rice or mash.

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