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Ceylonese Beef Stew    HT  MC  Sri Lankan  100mins plus soaking

Sri Lankan name: Harakmasu imbul

Serves 4       Hot Beef Spices  Main Course Stew   Gluten Wheat Dairy Free Eggless   Sri Lanka Ceylon Ceylonese Asia Asian

25g/1oz Compressed Tamarind Pulp
150ml/5fl.oz. Boiling Water
teasp Chilli Powder
teasp Ground White Pepper
1 teasp Salt
teasp Ground Turmeric
1 x 5cm/2-inch Cinnamon Stick
1 x 7.5cm/3-inch Stick Lemon Grass
450g/1lb Stewing or Braising Beef, cut into 5cm/2-inch cubes


1. Place the tamarind in a small bowl pour over the boiling water and leave to soak for 20 minutes.

2. Strain the tamarind water into a pan (discarding the pulp) then add the chilli powder, pepper , salt, turmeric, cinnamon stick and lemon grass, mix well and bring to the boil.

3. Add beef cubes, reduce the heat, partially cover and simmer very gently for about 1 hours or until the meat is very tender and the gravy has reduced thickened.

Remove the cinnamon stick before serving.


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Serve with a green vegetable


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Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

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