Slow cooked Beef with vegetables or “Basterma”


This recipe came to me from my mother.Basterma is a dish very known in central Asia.

Add meat to hot oil.season it.

The meat is cooked first until you get nice brown color,then you add the onions and layer your vegetables. You only add 1/2 cup of water but, you will be surprised how much liquid you will get from all the veggies.The meat is tender and veggies are sweet and soft.

Add onions

2 lbs. beef ( tri-tip is the best) cut into large cubes
1 1/2 onion chopped
3 carrots sliced into oval shapes
4 potatoes cut into 1/4 inch thick rounds
1 red bell pepper cut into rounds
1 green bell pepper cut into rounds
1/4 head of a cabbage sliced 1/2 inch thick
3 tomatoes sliced thick
1/3 cup oil
salt and pepper
1 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin powder

Arrange potatoes

1/2 cup water

Heat oil on high heat. Add beef.

and the rest of the vegetables

Season with salt and pepper. Mix and let it cook uncovered until you will see a nice brown color.
Add onions and cook for about 3-4 minutes
Set  the heat to low add water and arrange the veggies in layers in this order;
-potatoes,salt & pepper
-cabbage, salt & pepper
-carrots,salt & pepper
-bell peppers
-tomatoes salt & pepper
-cumin powder

sprinkle salt,pepper,cumin and close the lid.

Now cover with lid and  turn the heat on high and bring to boil.When it begins to boil bring down to low heat and let cook for 1 1/2 hours.
When it’s all done cooking, gently mix it and serve with chopped cilantro.


  1. Nadia, this looks great!!!

  2. Thank you!!!

  3. Hi Nadia this looks delicious, cant wait to try it! Thank you for sharing this!!!

  4. Hi Marina, its really good,give it a try.thanks.

  5. My husband really enjoyed this dish. Love it that it has all the veggies and soft meat topped with cilantro yummmm. Thank you!!

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