Last night I made our very favorite dish: Zilzil Alecha (or: Ethiopian Beef).
- 3 medium green bell peppers
- 4 teaspoons serrano chiles finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger finely chopped
- 1/2 tablespoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/4 cup dry red wine or white wine
- 1/2 cup butter or niter kebbeh
- 2 pounds sirloin steak - boneless
- 2 cups onion finely chopped
Basically you'll need good beef, butter, onions, green peppers & hot peppers, and some spices. I like to use sirloin beef from Aldi (which seems to be much thicker and more tender than your average grocery store thin steak - don't laugh!). Dice the onions & green peppers, and assemble the spices. Put 2 of the green peppers, a hot pepper, some garlic and the spices (mainly turmeric), and wine in a blender.
Melt butter in a saute pan, and brown the beef.
Separating beef & fat to get pan ready for onions:
Dry fry the chopped onions, then add the sliced green peppers and the contents of the blender. Add beef after the green peppers are the consistency you like.
Saute for a few minutes until the sauce is warmed through, and then serve upon a dish of jasmine rice (I added turmeric to my rice while it was in the rice cooker).
Now that you have learned how to make zilzil alecha - ethiopian beef, please be sure to view these other beef recipes. Also, you will love these African recipes.
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