Azu (Turkic meat and potato stew)


This is my dad’s specialty – a meat and potato stew-like dish of Turkic origin. He has like 2 things in his repertoire (this Azu and a seafood stew) so it’s always a treat. The meat cooks for 6+ hours until it melts in your mouth. The pickles add a nice sour fresh bite and the raisins round it out with some sweetness. A perfect dish on a cold winter day! Open-mouthed smile

Ingredients (makes 6-8 servings)

1.75 lbs stew meat, cut into 2” chunks 2-2.5 lbs potatoes 1/2 lb pickles 3 oz tomato paste 1/2 can crushed tomatoes (approx. 7 oz) 1/2 cup raisins salt, pepper, sugar to taste oil for frying


1. Quickly brown beef over medium-high heat. Do not cook through.


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