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Tunisian Beef Stew   HT  MC  Tunisian  65mins plus soaking


Tunisian name: Hlalems Bil Lham

Serves 4     Hot Beef Pulses Pasta Vegetables Main Course  Dairy free Eggless Tunisia Nth Africa North African

50g/2oz Dried Chickpeas, soaked overnight
1 Onion, chopped
450g/1lb Stewing or braising Steak, cubed
Salt And Pepper
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove, crushed
2 tbsp Tomato Paste
100g/4oz Fresh Spinach, shredded
2 Sticks of Celery, chopped
2 tbsp freshly chopped Parsley
4 tinned Artichoke Hearts, chopped
1 Large Carrot, sliced
2 teasp Paprika
100g/4oz Short Cut Macaroni
2 Chillies, deseeded and chopped
100g/4oz Fresh or frozen Peas
3 tbsp freshly chopped Coriander (Cilantro)


1. Drain the pre-soaked chickpeas and place them in a large saucepan together with the onion and 960ml/32fl.oz. of cold water. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, season beef with salt and pepper, then heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown the meat on all sides.

3. Add the garlic, tomato paste, spinach, celery, parsley, artichokes, carrots and paprika, mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Add the beef mixture to the chickpeas, bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover, simmer 1 hour.

5. Add the pasta and chillies, mixing well and continue to cook for a further 30 minutes.

6. Stir in the peas and coriander and cook for a further 5-10 minutes. Serve hot.


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Serving Suggestions

Serve with a green vegetable


Key techniques used in this recipe

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

Simmer - To maintain the temperature of a liquid at just below boiling.


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Make Ahead/ Freezing


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