Bananas in a curry? It may sound odd but this is a very typical addition to dishes in East African countries such as Malawi. This recipe utilises my East African curry powder in the marinade for the beef.
500g braising steak, diced
3 medium sized potatoes, peeled & quartered
300ml beef stock
2 tbsps vegetable oil
2 onions finely chopped
3 tomatoes skinned and chopped
4 bananas sliced into £1 sized discs
300ml coconut milk
Freshly milled black pepper
For the marinade
2 tbsps finely minced garlic
2 tbsps finely chopped red chilli
1 tbsp East African Curry Powder or Berbere
4 tbsps veg oil
Begin by making the marinade. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and add some seasoning of salt to taste. Mix the beef cubes well in the marinade, turning them to get a good coating, cover and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Blanch the potatoes in a pot of boiling water for about 8 minutes, or nearly cooked (this will depend on their size). Drain and leave to one side to steam dry.
Using a wok fry the beef until browned on all sides. When ready add the beef stock and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer gently for about 40 minutes until the beef is cooked through and tender.
In a separate pan heat the oil and saute the onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes, tomatoes and most of the banana, then add the beef mixture. Give everything a really good stir and season with salt and pepper. Finally add the coconut milk, heat through until the potatoes are finished cooking. Serve with rice and top each dish with the reserved banana slices.
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