Beef Dopiaza

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As you must have noticed, I love curries. This is because they are different from the normal “rice and stew” and go very well with rice. Anyway apart from okro soup I think everything else goes with rice. I once heard of a guy’s roommate that used to eat spaghetti with okro soup, nyama! aka yuck! The mere thought is assaulting to the senses. Anyways I digress, back to the curry at hand. “Dopiaza” means “twice or double onions” so a lot of onions are used in this curry. I love this recipe because this is a great way of using onions which is abundant in Nigeria and which incidentally is my best root vegetable. Curries are usually thickened with tomato, grounded nuts, yoghurt or cream; in this case, onions are the thickener. Serve this with ½ cup of Jasmine rice per person cooked according to the instructions on the packet.

Serves 2

What you need:

  • 200g onions, finely chopped
  • 4cm fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves grated
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 250g lean beef cut into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced thickly
  • A pair of Knorr original cubes
  • 200ml water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper(uzziza seeds)

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What you do:

  • Place half of the onions in your dry blender and process to make a paste.
  • Place the oil in a non-stick saucepan, heat up a bit and add the remaining onions. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cumin powder and beef. Cook for about 4 minutes until browned and seared all over. Stir in the garam masala and turmeric.
  • Add the onion paste, stock cubes, water and seasoning and bring to boil. Stir, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Next add the carrots and simmer for further 30 minutes until the beef is tender. Add more water along the way if the sauce dries up. However note that the sauce should be thick.
  • If it is too thin at the end of the cooking time, remove the lid and simmer until reduced.
  • Serve by the side of fluffy white rice as seen in the picture.
  • Happy eating!

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This recipe was adapted from the “Oriental express” by Weight watchers.

I decided to add a little something, something so here is a dreamy salad of fruits(strawberries, guava and mango) and yoghurt.

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