You will need a pestle and mortar, a hand blender and a large oven proof casserole dish with a tight fitting lid.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Preheat the oven to 160/315/gas 2-3.
In a frying pan, dry roast the seeds over a high heat for 4 minutes or until they start to pop. Place them in a pestle and mortar and grind to a fine powder.
Add the chopped fresh ginger, garlic and chilli to the pestle and mortar, and grind again to a rough paste.
Place the dates in a small saucepan and cover with a little water. Bring to the boil over a high heat and once simmering, take off the heat and leave to the side. Finely chop the fresh coriander stalks and add to the dates. Next add the spice paste from the pestle and mortar to the dates. Using a hand blender, blend the dates, coriander and spices to a thick dark gooey consistency.
Toss the beef chunks in ground ginger and season well with salt and pepper. Heat the rapeseed oil in a large frying pan over a high heat and brown off the meat in batches. Remove from the heat and place in the casserole dish. Repeat with the rest of the meat until finished.
Return the beef’s frying pan to a medium heat and add the onions and date paste. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring all the time.
After 4 minutes, add 200ml of the stock to the frying pan and using a wooden spoon, scrape off any remaining beef or date paste. Add the liquid to the casserole and stir. Add the final 300ml stock, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, honey to the beef stew.
Season well with salt and pepper and bring to the boil before turning down to a gentle simmer. Place it in the oven and cook for 2 hours, or until the beef is tender. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
Serve with basmati rice, green beans and mangetout. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
A tin of drained chickpeas at the beginning of cooking will be a delicious (and nutritious) meal. This is a great meal for the freezer. If you have any leftovers (unless they are being eaten in the next 5 days), be sure to box and label them carefully and pop them in the freezer for that day when you don’t feel like cooking. We all have them!”