I really enjoyed making this dish, it is a recipe given to me by my lovely friend Liz, who grew up in South Africa, I asked her a while back to tell me more about the food there as I have yet to visit, (but it’s on my list!), and if there were any dishes that are sentimental to her.
Here is a lovely photo of Liz with her Dad back in South Africa and the Beef Curry here is something she remembers really fondly, Liz said that it always reminds her of home and growing up was a popular takeaway treat. As a child her Dad would drive her family to the local Qasba and eat this meal with fresh bananas to give it sweetness. Ancestrally from Portugal, Liz has now returned and lives on the Portuguese Island Madeira, she still makes this for her family and having recently made it for mine, I will be making it again. It’s so easy but so tasty, Liz said it works really well with Chicken too, and the only thing I have done differently in this recipe is rather than cook it on the hob, I finished it off in the oven so I could use a cheaper cut of beef, the apricot jam also works well too…who knew!
Cook: 1.5 – 2 hours
Ingredients: 500g chuck steak, 2 medium sized potatoes, 1 large carrot, 1 medium – large onion, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 2 bananas
For the curry paste: 1 tbsp. white flour, 1 tbsp. apricot jam, 1 tsp. curry powder, 1 tsp. of sugar, pinch of salt
- Pre-heat oven to 130F
- Peel and chop the potatoes and carrot into cubes, set aside
- Peel and slice the onion and garlic, add to a lidded oven proof pan with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and gentle fry for a few minutes on a medium heat
- Add the beef and cook until it starts to brown, add 100ml of water and turn the heat off while you make the paste
- To make the paste, mix together all of the paste ingredients, adding a little water if too thick
- Mix this in with your meat, add the chopped carrot and potatoes, pop the lid on and cook in the a preheated oven for 1 hour
- After 1 hour, add 100ml of water and cook for another hour
- After another hour, check if it needs a little more water and add if necessary and cook for another 30 – 45 mins until the meat is really tender
- Serve with cooked rice and slices of fresh banana, (for the rice, you can follow pack instructions, or what I do is cook 1 part rice to two parts water, bring the rice to the boil and then simmer lid on for 10mins until all the water is absorbed, do not be tempted to take the lid off until it has finished it’s simmering time!)
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