Beef and Lentils Stew

    1 hour 40 minutes

    Beef and lentils are accented with turnip, sultanas and figs. It is a hardy yet easy one pot meal. Serve with potatoes or warm bread.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 625g casserole beef, cut into 2cm cubes
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
    • 1 cup (200g) dry lentils
    • 4 cups (1 litre) beef stock
    • 1 cup diced turnip
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 cup sultanas
    • 2/3 cup diced dried figs

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour10min  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper then cook in the pot until browned on the outside.
    2. Pour in the chicken stock and simmer over medium heat for about 45 minutes until the beef is tender. Remove the beef from the liquid and set aside.
    3. Pour the beef stock into the pot and add the lentils. Bring to a boil then simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
    4. Season the turnips with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and basil then add them to the pot.
    5. Return the beef to the pot and stir in the sultanas and figs. Simmer for 10 minutes to blend the flavours before serving.

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    A little on the sweet side. I would reduce the amount of raisins and also chop the figs into very small pieces. For some reason, my meat turned out a bit too chewy, even though I followed the directions to a T. Perhaps next time I would shorten the browning time in the pan. That being said, it's an interesting twist on stew and has lots of great flavor.  -  27 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I loved the flavors but I don't have nutmeg so I changed nutmeg to fenugreek and it was delicious! I also used radish instead of turnip. What a wonderful smell! Mmmm. Thank you!  -  12 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I loved this but my husband did not, so I will make this for me on the nights he can not be home. Thank you for the recipe.  -  21 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)