Madras and apricot beef hotpot

1 hour 30 minutes


Madras and apricot beef hotpot

  • 500g of braising steak, cut into small chunks
  • 100g of dried apricots
  • 1 Patak‚Äôs madras spice pot
  • 300ml of beef stock
  • 2 large onions, peeled and finely sliced
  • 900g of potatoes, peeled and finely sliced
  • 25g of butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp of mango chutney, or apricot jam


To begin, place the diced beef and the dried apricots in a container. Add the spice paste to the meat and fruit mixture and mix well, with your hands is best, until all the meat and fruit is covered in the paste. Cover and set aside for at least 4 hours to marinate, although overnight in the fridge is better
When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
Spoon the meat and fruit mixture into an ovenproof tray or pie dish. Add most of the sliced onions, leaving some to one side for the potato topping, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over the beef stock and stir to mix
Arrange the potatoes over the top, then scatter the remaining sliced onions over the potatoes. Dot the top of the potatoes with small lumps of the butter
Cover the hotpot with foil and cook in the preheated oven for 1 hour, taking the foil off for the last 10 minutes to brown the potatoes
Serve immediately with mango chutney and naan bread, or with steamed greens and crusty bread