Here are the following ingredients:
- 11 oz (310 g) tamarind paste (see Tip*)
- 1 cup (250 mL) boiling water
- 1 lb (500 g) Beef Boneless Blade Steak or Roast, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes or Stew Cubes
- Salt and fresh ground pepper
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil, divided
- 1 lb (500 g) okra
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp (5 mL) ground turmeric
- ½ tsp (2 mL) hot pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) tomato paste
- Shirazi Salad (optional, see Tip)
- Chopped green onions, fresh mint and/or cilantro (optional)
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Follow these cooking methods/directions:
- Combine tamarind paste with
boiling water in a heatproof bowl. Let stand for about 30 minutes or until
- Meanwhile, pat beef dry with
paper towel. Season all over with salt and pepper to your taste. Set aside.
- Heat half of the oil over medium
heat in a large heavy Dutch oven or enamelled cast-iron roaster. Cook okra,
stirring, for about 5 minutes or until slightly tender. Transfer to a bowl and
- Add remaining oil to pot. Cook
onion over medium heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes or until golden. Add
garlic and turmeric; cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add beef, in batches to
avoid overcrowding pot, and cook, turning, until browned on all sides. Transfer
to a bowl as each batch is browned.
- Return beef and accumulated
juices to pot. Add hot pepper flakes and tomato paste; cook, stirring, for 1
minute. Add 4 cups (1 L) water or enough to cover the meat. Bring to a boil,
stirring and scraping up brown bits from bottom of pot.
- Cover, reduce heat and simmer for
1 to 1½ hours or until meat is fork-tender, stirring occasionally and adding
more water as needed to keep moist.
- Meanwhile, use a fork to
separate tamarind paste from the seeds and extract juice. Strain through a
fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, pressing the pulp to squeeze out liquid; discard
solids. Set thin paste aside.
- Stir strained tamarind juice and
sautéed okra into pot. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or just until flavours are
blended (be careful don’t overcook the okra or it will become mushy). Season
with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve stew garnished green
onions, mint and/or cilantro and with Shirazi Salad on the side, as desired.
*The tamarind paste called for in this recipe is the type that comes in a block and contains seeds and strings. If your tamarind paste has no seeds and string, or if using a tamarind sauce in a jar, skip steps 1 and 6 and add the tamarind to the stew directly along with sautéed okra, adding enough boiling water to keep the stew moist. Keep in mind that you might need to adjust the quantity of tamarind to suit your taste.
To make Shirazi Salad: Combine 1 cup (250 mL) diced cucumber, ⅔ cup (150 mL) diced tomato, ⅓ cup (75 mL) diced red onion, 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh lemon juice and 1 tsp (5 mL) dried mint (or 1 tbsp/15 mL minced fresh mint) in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.