|3 lbs stew beef -- tips would probably be ideal, but chuck is okay||2 tsp ground black pepper|
|1 tsp ground coriander||1 doz saffron threads, ground in mortar|
|1/2 tsp thyme||1/4 tsp fennel seed, ground in mortar|
|2 Tbl chopped garlic||1/4 cup olive oil|
|3 Tbl Worcestershire Sauce
Combine all in a pot. Cover, put in a 350 oven. Cook, stirring occasionally. The beef will lose its juice, creating a sauce. Cook until the sauce cooks well down; around two hours.
This recipe is a loose adaptation. The original also calls for
a few citron leaves (which I don't know where to obtain), and some murri,
an Islamic condiment that is rather strange to the Western palate, hard
to make, and reportedly may be a little carcinogenic if made
authentically. My very rough substitution is Worcestershire
Sauce, the modern Western contribution to the genre of "horribly
It should also have the fennel flowers with the seed; again, I don't
how to get it.
I think it needs salt, but usually add it at the table.