Sabrina Ghayour’s aromatic spiced beef & tomato polow with peas recipe

One-pot cooking is the saviour of so many occasions and is just the ticket when you want to feed a hungry mob quickly and economically. While I’ve used beef, minced lamb, pork, turkey or chicken also work well. I love this served with some natural yogurt on the side.

spiced beef & tomato polow
Kris Kirkham

SERVES 4-6

Olive or vegetable oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
500g minced beef
3 heaped tbsp tomato purée
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
1⁄2 tsp chilli flakes
3-4 bay leaves
4 fat garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 handfuls of frozen peas
400g basmati rice
25g butter
700ml cold water
Natural yogurt, to serve
Maldon sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Select a large frying pan with deep sides or use a large saucepan. Place over a medium-high heat and drizzle in a little oil. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the minced beef and immediately break it up as finely as you can to prevent it cooking in clumps. While still uncooked, add the tomato purée, all the spices and bay leaves and stir to coat the meat well. Add the garlic, peas and a very generous amount of salt and pepper (as you are seasoning a whole pan of rice), then add the rice and butter. Stir all the ingredients together until the butter has melted and blended in.
  3. Pour in the cold water, cover the pan with a lid and cook on a gentle heat for 30 minutes, or until the rice on top is tender. Fluff up with a fork and serve with natural yogurt. This needs no accompaniment.

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