This colourful dish and is usually made with steak. Picture: Supplied

This dish is usually served at weddings, Eid and other special occasions. 

Mavrou is a very colourful dish and is usually made with steak.


1 kg cubed steak or goulash

2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground jeera (cumin)

3 tsp ground koljana (coriander)

2 tsp barishap (fennel seeds)

2 – 3 tsp crushed red chillies

3 cloves

3 whole allspice

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp ground garlic

3 cardamom pods

3 cinnamon sticks

Few strands saffron (optional)

4 large onions, thinly sliced

Oil for braising onions

2 large tomatoes, grated


• Combine all spices and mix well with meat. Marinate for at least an hour.

• Heat oil in large pot and braise onions until soft and golden, adding water when necessary.

• Add meat and cook covered until soft, adding water when necessary.

• Serve with white or savoury rice decorated with boiled eggs cut into quarters.


Served with steamed mix vegetables of peas

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