This is a simple beef recipe, used more as a sauce for boiled rice, the true main course. Ginger adds the exotic flavor to the meat.The Malgache name for stewed beef this way is hen'omby ritra.
- Heat a little oil in a pan. Season the meat.
- Lightly brown the meat on all sides. The meat cooks more in its own fat than the oil.
- Cover the meat with water. Add garlic, ginger and oil.
- Bring to the boil, cover the pan and simmer for 1-1½ hours, until meat is tender, adding liquid if needed.
- Serve over boiled rice.
Simple cooking rends beef tender and the ginger gives it a very different flavor from the characteristic Western cuisine. The name for a stewed beef dish in Madagascar is hen'omby. This ginger stewed beef recipe is to be enjoyed with a good amount of boiled rice, a small bowl of rougai the really spicy sauce typical in the Indic Ocean area, and a few of the pickled vegetables known as achards, preferably tomatoes and onions.
Food in Africa, East Africa
This is a side dish to the rice meal in Madagascar. Serve with achards - pickled vegetables - and rougail - spicy sauce.
If desired, add a few pink peppercorns to spice up the stew.