Spelt with kale, pulled beef and pomegranate seeds

2 hours 30 minutes


For the pulled beef

  • 500g of steak, stewing or chuck steak
  • flour, for dusting
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 dried chilli
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • tinned chopped tomatoes
  • tomato purée, 1 tin

For the spelt

  • 800g of spelt
  • 2l water
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 handful of pomegranate seeds
  • salt
  • pepper


Heat your oven to 160°C
In a cast iron pan with lid, fry the onion and the garlic in a little oil and after a minute or so add the herbs and chilli.
Dust your meat with flour, open your tins of tomato and tomato puree so you have them at arms reach ready
When your onion and garlic are fried fruity, add the meat to the pot and immediately add the tomato puree, the tin of peeled tomatoes and a tin of water
Bring to the boil and turn the heat down to a small flame, after 5 min put on the lid and transfer the beef to the oven for 2 hours, or slightly longer depending on the quality and cut of the beef
In any case, check on the beef after 2 hours and take it out of the oven. Use two forks to pull the beef into strings and leave to stand until you need it
You can prepare the meat in advance and keep in the fridge for evening supper or the day after, like with all stews, the flavour only gets better
When you are ready to prepare the meal, cook the spelt according to your package instructions. Blanch the kale in boiling water after you've turned down the heat to a gentle bubble
Meanwhile remove the pomegranate seeds from the fruit and keep in a bowl covered in cling film until you need it
Drain your kale when it is cooked to your taste, I like it with a bite to it, and cover until needed
Warm your stew towards the end of the cooking time of the spelt. When the spelt is ready, drain and transfer to a bowl, add the kale leaves, and drizzle over some olive oil or rapeseed oil and a pinch of salt and pepper
Serve the spelt with the beef, sprinkle over the gorgeous pomegranate seeds and serve with sour cream or yoghurt. You can also have some salad and bread as a side