Recipe courtesy of Hawa Hassan

Ma Halima’s Beef Suqaar

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Roughly translated from Arabic, suqaar means “small ones” and the dish is basically a quickly cooked mixture of small pieces of meat and vegetables. Think of this as a Somali stir-fry. Suqaar is a very flexible dish and can be made with any type of meat. Goat is the most traditional, but here we opt for beef. Serve it just as Ma Halima does, with cooked rice or Bariis (Basmati Rice Pilaf with Raisins), chopped lettuce, and big pieces of lemon to squeeze on top of everything.



  1. Warm the oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot set over medium-high heat. Add the beef and sprinkle with a large pinch of salt. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned in spots and the onion is beginning to become tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the carrots and sprinkle the cumin and turmeric over every-thing, along with another large pinch of salt. Stir in the water, cover, and cook until the carrots are beginning to get tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper and cook until the carrots and peppers are just barely tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice, and season to taste with salt; turn off the heat. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a few days and rewarmed in a skillet set over low heat (stir while you heat).