Mother-in-law’s Easy Beef Stew Recipe

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From a footloose and fancy free twenty something I went to being an au pair where I made all the mistakes a housewife can make, and then after that apprenticeship graduated to the real thing – marriage. I married into a large family where big family meals are an essential and weekly part of life; where all the wives surreptitiously compete for the best dishes. So my wonderful mother-in-law took me under her wing and taught me to cook. This is one of her popular dishes.




1 Large onion, diced

4 crushed cloves of garlic

1tbs Sweet paprika

1 tsp Hot paprika

1 tbs Cumin

1 tsp Turmeric

1 tbs Chicken soup powder

1 tsp salt

500g Lean beef cubes. Ask the butcher to cut the meat into pieces, and tell him it’s for stew.

3 potatoes cut in quarters






Put a little oil in a pot and fry the diced onion, once it starts to go glassy add the crushed garlic and the spices. Mix for about half a minute then throw your meat in. Mix the meat around enough to stop it burning. Keep an eye on it and move the meat around until it is brown. Add the potatoes. Then you can add about a cup of water and put the heat down low. Now leave the stew to cook for as long as possible, the longer the better – that is between half an hour and 2 hours. Add water when it starts drying up, to make more juice, you will have to add about 2 – 3 more cups while the stew cooks.



Serve on rice, and soak up the juice with chunks of bread.



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