Express because it was a busy weekday dinner. No time for long marinade or lovely simmering but the taste was at the rendez vous. A fast Thieubo Yapp is always good for the soul.
I especially made it for our little American African French, who was missing his Senegalese grandpa. He said that Papi’s rices are the best but it was really good. Well, I took it as a compliment of course!!
For shortcut, I used a pressure cooker and the microwave. Yes!!!
It is not traditional but it tastes good! Of course, I prefer the long simmering version but sometimes, time is lacking , so shortcutting traditional ways is acceptable.
The traditional recipe directs to cook the rice in the stew with the meat. However, I hate having a burnt sticking pot and it is harder to evenly cook rice. Again, the traditional recipe calls for broken rice, but I am addicted to white jasmine rice. However, it is much easier to obtain a perfectly cooked rice with broken rice. So try if you can. Broken rice is cheaper too! When I went to Senegal, I noticed that everybody loves the burnt crunchy rice like a delicacy served as a condiment with hot peppers. My rice was not as red as it should because it is my express version with less tomato. Well, I must post a traditional version later…
3 cups of rice
2 pounds of meat cut in medium chunks
(beef ribs, beef stew or lamb/ it depends on which cut you like)
1 green cabbage
4 medium carrots
3 medium onions
1 medium cassava root if you like it.
( I usually use frozen cassava roots, but I did not have any)
1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil or palm oil
1 clove garlic chopped
Beef broth or Maggi cubes or Kub or about 2-4 cubes
Salt, , pepper to taste
3 small bay leaves
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
3 tbsp Mustard
1tsp cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of paprika
In a mixing bowl, put meat, spices, mustard, salt, bay leaves, let blend in while chopping the rest of vegetables. Then, in a pressure cooker, bring to heat the oil and brown the meat cut into pieces for 10 minutes. With my little experience a good browning is the key so do not be afraid to let it brown.
Add sliced onions, let simmer about 5-10 minutes.
Add your Maggi cubes plus 6 cups of boiled water or your beef broth.
Cover with hot water up to the limit line, close your pressure cooker, cook to medium heat for 30 minutes.
Open your pressure cooker then put all your vegetables.
When your veggies are cooked, remove and set aside.
I cooked my jasmine rice in the microwave with boiled water+ some of the stew sauce +1teaspon of paprika for 20min.(exactly twice 10 min,I leave the bowl in the microwave until plating)I use a medium size ceramic bowl that I close with a small ceramic plate. It works for me. The liquids must cover one inch above the rice!
Keep on cooking meat in stew at medium heat (lid off )until meat falls off the bones!!
When everything is cooked, serve on a large plate and everybody digs in with spoons or hands!!
Do not forget to put Maggi sauce for the purist. Enjoy...