Wednesday, November 10, 2010


This recipe was sent to me via my sweet sister and teacher Noura Shamma.

Note: you can make this without meat and substitute with some celery if you like.

1 pound ground beef (1/2 kg )
2 large onion
ground cumin
3 cans of chopped tomatoes (or if you have fresh you can use those)
2 cans of navy beans
tomato sauce (or paste - if you use paste you'll need to add water)

Chop 1 onion, saute in oil until golden, add garlic, fry briefly
add ground beef and mix w/onions, break up the meat with a fork
add about a cup of water
add salt, pepper, cumin (about 1 teaspoon), cinnamon (1 teaspoon), allspice (1 teaspoon), red pepper/chili if you like
let the meat cook - add more spices as you like,

In a separate pot -
chop and fry onion, with garlic
add oregano, salt, pepper, let it fry 30seconds
add the tomatoes
let that cook a bit
then add paprika (1-2 teaspoon)
add tomato sauce (1 can)
let that simmer
add more spices to taste

drain the navy beans and wash them (avoid the ones w/added sugar)
add the beans to the tomatoes
add the meat
let the whole thing simmer as long as you can, add water if starts to cook down too much.

the longer it cooks the better it tastes, if you can even do it the day before that would be better.

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