Aloo Gosht (Pakistani Beef and Potato Stew)

January  6, 2014
Author Notes

This is classic winter comfort food - it's easy to throw together and will make the house smell wonderful as it simmers, and the warm spices make it a welcome alternative to American beef stew. It's not exactly a weeknight dish since it has to simmer for a bit, but I'll often make a pot on the weekend because it's even better over the next couple days. Feel free to throw in some extra veggies like carrots or chopped spinach! —witchykitchen

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Serves 6
  • 1 pound stew beef (could also use goat or lamb)
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 black cardamom pod
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and grated
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 3 medium red potatoes, peeled and diced into large chunks
  • 3 green Thai chiles, thickly sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped
  • warm naan for serving, lemon wedges (optional)
In This Recipe
  1. Heat a tbsp of the oil on high in a heavy-bottomed pot. Season the stew beef with salt and pepper and brown. Remove to a plate.
  2. Lower heat to medium or medium high, and add two more tbsp oil (making sure to scrape up any brown bits from the pot). Fry the onions, stirring, until they start to turn golden.
  3. Add whole spices (cinnamon, black cardamom, black peppercorns and cloves) and cook, stirring, until fragrant (about a minute or two). Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring for a minute or two, then the ground spices (red chili, coriander, turmeric) and cook, stirring for a minute and being careful not to burn.
  4. Add tomatoes and salt (stir well at this point to deglaze anything stuck to the pot) and cook until the tomatoes are well broken down and the oil starts to separate from the sauce.
  5. Add the beef back into the pot along with 1.5 - 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, until beef is very tender (about an hour, but I will confess I don't keep very good time, I just check once in awhile). Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary. You can make this as thick or thin as you like (we prefer it a little thinner, with more sauce). Check seasoning, adding more salt if necessary.
  6. Stir in the potaoes and the green chiles, and cook until the potatoes are very soft but not falling apart. Garnish with chopped cilantro, and serve with a squirt of lemon juice (optional) and with warm naan perfect for sopping up the gravy.
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