Friday, 10 May 2013

Sweet Minced Beef

If you're bored of bolognese, this sweet, curry inspired dish is the one for you. I opted for the easy option of serving this with boiled rice, but it works better with coriander couscous. 

Ingredients (serves four)

for the sweet beef - 

1 tbsp groundnut oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
500g beef or lamb mince 
3 tsp curry powder
1/2 green chilli, chopped
2 tbsp mango chutney
2 tbsp tomato puree
10 cherry tomatoes, chopped
100ml chicken or vegetable stock
       8 dried apricots, chopped
   50g sultanas or raisins

for the couscous - 

couscous (roughly 280g - see instructions)
240ml chicken or vegetable stock
1 small handful of coriander, finely chopped (optional)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp good quality olive oil
salt and pepper

1. Fry the onion and garlic in the groundnut oil for a few minutes and then add the meat and start to brown it, stirring constantly. 

2. Next, stir in the curry powder, tomatoes, tomato puree and chutney. Cook for a few minutes and then add the stock, followed by the apricots and raisins. Season with salt and pepper and let the dish simmer gently for 20-30 minutes.

3. When the lamb has been cooking for 20 minutes, start to make the couscous. Place the couscous in a clear bowl and just about cover it with stock. Leave it for around 4 minutes with a lid or plate on top, and then fluff it up with a fork. Next add the chopped coriander (if using), lemon juice, sugar and oil, and season well.

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