Beef and lentil stew

    1 hour 40 min

    A delicious winter stew that is packed full of protein. Stewing steak is simmered with lentils, turnip, spices, raisins and figs. The dried fruit marries all the flavours together. Enjoy with mashed potatoes, if desired.

    25 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 30g butter
    • 560g lean beef stewing steak, cut into 2.5cm cubes
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 250ml chicken stock
    • 190g dry lentils
    • 1 litre beef stock
    • 125g diced turnip
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • 165g raisins
    • 135g chopped dried figs

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    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 the boil, then simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
    4. Season the turnips with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and basil and add them to the pot.
    5. Return the beef to the pot and stir in the raisins 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 US | 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 US | 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 US | Canada)