Somali Beef Suqaar

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: about an hour an a half
Servings: 4-6
Cuisine: Somali
Recipe Info

Suqaar, a Somali beef stew, is a flavorful and comforting dish made with tender pieces of beef cooked with aromatic spices and vegetables. Here’s a traditional recipe for Somali Beef Suqaar:

2 pound chuck roast or stew beef (boneless, cut into small cubes)
2 medium onions (finely chopped)
3-4 cloves garlic (minced)
3 tomatoes (chopped)
2 carrots (thinly sliced)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoon cumin powder
2 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon paprika (optional, for color)
Salt and black pepper to taste
2-3 green chilies (optional, for heat)
1 bell pepper (sliced)
2-3 tablespoons fresh cilantro (chopped, for garnish)

Prepare the Meat: Cut the beef into small cubes, removing any excess fat. In a large pot or deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Sauté Onions and Garlic: Add the finely chopped onions to the hot oil and sauté until they become translucent. Stir in the minced garlic and continue to cook for another minute until fragrant. Brown the Beef: Add the beef cubes to the pot and brown them on all sides. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Spice it Up: Add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika (if using), salt, and black pepper to the pot. Stir the spices into the meat mixture, coating the beef evenly. Tomatoes and Chilies: Add the chopped tomatoes and green chilies (if using) to the pot. Cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes start to break down and release their juices. Simmer and Cook: Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the stew simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until the beef is tender. Stir occasionally and add a bit of water if needed to prevent sticking. Bell Peppers: Add the sliced bell peppers to the stew during the last 10-15 minutes of cooking. This adds a fresh, crunchy element to the dish. Garnish and Serve: Just before serving, sprinkle the chopped cilantro over the Somali Beef Suqaar. Serve hot with rice, bread, or injera (if you prefer).

Suqaar is a versatile dish, and you can adjust the spiciness to your liking by adding more or fewer green chilies. It’s a hearty and delicious Somali favorite, perfect for sharing with family and friends. Enjoy!

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