Persian Beef Casserole Recipe

Persian Beef Casserole - Le Creuset Cast Iron Casserole Meringue

Tender slow cooked lean beef with onions, tomato, lentils and spiced with turmeric, cumin, nutmeg and cinnamon, this is seriously a Mint Favourite!

Finished with a good squeeze of fresh lime juice and chopped mint. Traditionally this type of casserole would be served with rice which has been either boiled or baked with a golden crust and Persian flat breads.

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 2h - 3h

Cook in our Le Creuset Classic Cast iron Round Casserole 24cm.

Serves 6.


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil - divided
  • 4 medium onions - peeled and sliced
  • 1kg lean braising steak - cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic - chopped
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 750ml / 3 cups hot beef stock
  • 175g green lentils - washed
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon3 - 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Oven 170ºC/150ºC fan forced

  1. Heat half the olive oil in the casserole over a low to medium heat, add the sliced onions and cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Then remove the onions from the pot with a slotted spoon and set to one side.
  2. Add the remaining oil to the pot and heat for 1-2 minutes. Stir fry the beef adding a little at a time so not to overcrowd the pot.
  3. Once the beef is nicely sealed, return the fried onions to the pot along with the garlic, turmeric and cumin. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree and hot beef stock. Bring the contents to a simmer, place on the lid and transfer to the oven to cook for 1 hour.
  5. Remove the pot from the oven using a thick cloth or oven gloves. Stir in the washed lentils, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  6. Reduce the oven temperature to 150ºC and cook for 1 1⁄4 - 1 ½ hours until the meat is very tender.
  7. After cooking is completed, finish the dish by stirring in the fresh lime juice and chopped mint, adjust the seasoning to taste with a little salt.
  8. Serve with rice and flat breads


Cook's Notes:

  • Persian flat breads are known as Nan - e barbari which are similar to Naan and flavoured with cinnamon and sesame seeds.
  • Instead of lentils you can use potatoes, which is delicious! 
  • To adjust the 24cm casserole recipe:
    To serve 3-4 use a 20cm casserole and reduce the ingredients by half.
    To serve 8-10 use a 28cm casserole and increase the ingredients by half.
Recipe kindly supplied by Le Creuset