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Beef, beetroot and habanero stew

Main Winter
4 people

All this needs is a bowl of plain rice alongside.


1kg boneless beef shin, cut into roughly 6cm square chunks
60ml olive oil
6 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
4 shallots, peeled and cut into 0.5cm-thick slices
3 bay leaves
3-4 oranges - shave the peel of 1 into four wide strips, then juice them all to get 400ml
500g beetroot, peeled and cut into 4cm chunks
500ml beef stock
1 litre water
1½ tbsp tomato paste 
½ dried habanero chilli
1½ tsp ground cumin
1½ tsp ground coriander
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
To serve
160g soured cream
1 tbsp chopped coriander (optional)
1 lime quartered


  1. Season the beef with a teaspoon of salt. On a medium-high flame,
    heat half the oil in a large, 28cm-diameter, heavy-based saucepan for
    which you have a lid. Brown the beef in two or three batches, making
    sure the pieces are spaced well apart, for seven minutes, turning
    regularly so they colour on all sides, then remove the meat from the
  2. Leave any juices in the pan and add the remaining two tablespoons of
    oil, the garlic, shallots, bay leaves, orange peel and half a teaspoon
    of salt. Saute for about four minutes, stirring from time to time, until
    the onions are soft and golden, then add the beetroot and fry for
    another four minutes, stirring occasionally, before returning the beef
    to the pan. Pour over the beef stock, orange juice and water, and add
    the tomato paste, habanero and ground spices. Bring to a boil, turn down
    the heat to medium, cover and cook for two to two and a half hours,
    until the meat is very soft and starting to fall apart and the sauce is
    nice and thick. (If you’re using a smaller pot, you may need to reduce
    the sauce further to get the right consistency: you’re looking for about
    350ml of thick sauce at the end.)
  3. Serve on rice and top with a spoonful of soured cream, a sprinkle of coriander, if using, and a wedge of lime for squeezing over on the