Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Gram's beef steak stew

Gram's beef steak stew...
(Serves 15-20)

This is a beauty which my grandma makes on special occasions. A spicy stew which goes great with french loaf. Finally i have mastered the recipe on my own.

1 kilo of beef (for stew, cut into bite size)
8 clove garlic (diced)
6 large red onions (diced)
8-10 tablespoons of chili paste. (According to your liking)
1 2cm wide ginger
5 large tomatoes (diced)
6-8 large potatoes (diced)
1 tablespoon sweet dark soya sauce
1 teaspoon curry powder or beef steak powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 cans tomato puree
5 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1 can green peas
1 small cabbage (roughly sliced)
2 large red onions (sliced)
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups water

1. Heat oil in a large stew pot.
2. Add the garlic and chili paste. Stir till fragrant for 5-7 Min's.
3. Put in the meat, onion, ginger and tomatoes and brown for 10 Min's.
4. Add water, tomatoes puree, ketchup, soya sauce, curry or beef steak powder, garam masala and stir well. Cover and simmer on low heat for 45 Min's.
I throw in a metal spoon to help the meat cook faster. Grandma's kitchen trick.
5. Season well with salt. Constantly stirring the stew from time to time so it wont get burnt.
6. Once meat is almost cook add in the potatoes and mix well. Cook for another 25 Min's.
7. Lastly add in the remaining onion, green peas and cabbage to the stew.
Mix it well simmer for another 20 Min's.
8. Check stew making sure all ingredients are soft and cooked. Remove spoon.

Let it rest for 30 Min's. Serve with french loaf or even white bread.

You can store leftover stew in air tight container and freeze it. Reheat on low heat.


  1. You make it sound so easy...huhuhu interesting! I shall give it a try! Thanks for sharing, I''ll give u an update later if it turns out ok! :p

  2. Hi there,

    well even i was abit nervous when i first try it... Hopefully it turn out well for u...U can add more chili if u like more spicy..:)