stewed beef (Ethiopian flavour)

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This is a simple stewed beef (or lamb or buffalo) dish that I worked up for my first dutch oven gathering (DOG). The spices remind me of a "mild" beef dish called "alicha wat" that I get at my favourite Ethiopian restaurant.
Servings:
8 to 10
Preparation Time:
2 1/2 hours
Tools
  • cutting board and knife
  • cast iron (or other oven safe pot) with lid

Ingredients

A

  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1/2 t. kosher salt

B

  • 2 T. smoked paprika (use hot paprika for a spicier dish)
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 2 t. kosher salt
  • 1 t. ground mustard
  • 1 t. ground black pepper
  • 1 t. ground ginger
  • 1/2 t. chile powder (use hot/more chile powder for a really spicy dish)
  • 1/4 t. ground cloves
  • 1/4 t. ground allspice
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed & minced

C

  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 3 c. beef stock or vegetable broth

D

  • 1 lb. lean meat, 1/2" cubes
  • 1 c. dry split peas or lentils
Cooking Instructions
  1. Turn the oven to 275F and place the top of the pot in the oven
  2. Place the olive oil into the pot onto the stove over medium heat.
  3. Chop the carrot, onion, and celery. Stir into the hot oil with the salt and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Put together the spice mixture and crush and mince the garlic.
  5. After the onions have softened, turn the heat down to low and stir the spice mixture and garlic. Cook until the spices and garlic become fragrant - about 5 more minutes.
  6. Add the tomato paste and vegetable broth and stir until the tomato paste is mixed in well.
  7. Add the meat and dry peas/lentils. Cover and bake in the oven for two hours.
Notes
Serve over/with injera (or other flat bread) or rice.