Yes, I’ve been making quite a bit of stew and soup dishes lately. But can you blame me ? I have subzero temperature to deal with for the past two months (not sure if it will get better or worse!) and when it is that brutally cold out there, stew and anything soupy are bringing lots of comfort to my body and soul!
Of course lately too, my goal is to make dishes that are not too complicated with ingredients that are easier to find because I know not everyone is familiar with Asian ingredients. I have to admit, some of them can be pretty exotic and I, too, not sure where to find them besides ordering from the internet. At the same time, I want to introduce few ingredients that you can easily find to perk up simple dishes and make it all taste somewhat “familiar” and “new” (not sure if I make any sense, but hope you get the idea!)
This ground beef stew with potatoes is another example of what I was trying to do. Using spices like turmeric, cumin, ginger, and shallots along with the all-familiar ground beef and potatoes. This dish is a little bit of Indian-inspired if I can put it that way. A wonderful one-pot dish that you can prepare quickly without lacking in any flavor at all 🙂 Enjoy!
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 lb of potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
- 2 Roma tomatoes finely chopped
- 4 shallots peeled and finely minced
- 2- inch slice ginger finely minced
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper or more to taste, I put more for that extra hint of heat
- 2 Tbsp of extra-virgin coconut oil or oil of your choice
- 1 cup of water
- Salt to taste
Make sure the potatoes are soaked in the water while you are preparing other things to prevent them from turning black. Place the meat in a large bowl and add in the turmeric powder and cumin. Let it marinate for at least one hour in the refrigerator
When ready to cook, preheat the oil in a large heavy-bottom pot. Add in the shallots and ginger and saute until really fragrant and the shallots are soft. Add in the meat and use the wooden spatula to break up any lumps on the meat and the color of the meat started to turn brown. Add in tomatoes, cayenne pepper, potatoes, and water. Bring to a boil and then lower to let it simmer for the next 30 minutes or so until the potatoes are tender. Have a taste and season with salt if needed