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Hen'omby Ritra (Simmered Beef) Recipe

Hen'omby Ritra (Simmered Beef) Recipe
Hen'omby Ritra (Simmered Beef) Recipe or Garlic and ginger stewed beef

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Simple cooking rends beef tender and the ginger gives it a very different flavor from the characteristic Western cuisine. The name for a stewed beef dish in Madagascar is hen'omby. This ginger stewed beef recipe is to be enjoyed with a good amount of boiled rice, a small bowl of rougai the really spicy sauce typical in the Indic Ocean area, and a few of the pickled vegetables known as achards, preferably tomatoes and onions.

  • Total:2 hrs 30 mins
  • Prep:10 mins
  • Cook:2 hrs 40 mins
  • Yield:4-8 Servings (depending on who you have 😂🤣)

This is a simple beef recipe, used more as a sauce for boiled rice, the true main course. Ginger adds the exotic flavor to the meat.The Malgasy name for stewed beef this way is hen'omby ritra. 


  • lb or about 1kg beef (diced)
  • clv garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • T ginger (fresh ginger, peeled and grated)
  • T cooking oil (peanut oil is good) Optional
  • t salt (or to taste)
  • 1⁄2 t pepper (optional)
  • 75 g of tomato (optional)

    Steps to Make It

    1. Gather the ingredients.

      Ingredients Ginger stewed beef

    2. Cut the meat into dices (size is up to you).Ginger stewed beef dices
    3. Allow to cook over low heat in a covered saucepan for 15-20 minutes with the grated garlic until much of the fat has melted. If the meat is very lean, add 1 tsp oil before cooking.Ginger Stewed beef garlic
    4. After the fat has melted, add salt, pepper, ginger and water, cover again, and allow the meat to cook 1 1/2 hours or until the water has evaporated, whichever comes first. If there is still liquid in the pot after 1 1/2 hours, remove the lid and allow it to continue cooking until the liquid boils off. 

      Ginger stewed beef gniger→ Ginger stewed beef cover with water

      Gingered Stewed Beef covered

    5. Allow the meat to fry in its own fat for several minutes until well-browned (some prefer to let it almost blacken a little). You can stop at this stage (actually most people will prefer it this way)

      Ginger Stewed Beef | Hen'omby ritra (authentic version)

      or you can add the tomato (optionnal) leave for a few minutes untill the tomatoes are roasted. 

      tomatoes for hen'omby ritra→ Hen'omby ritra + tomatoes

    6. Serve hot over rice. Sprinkle some chopped parsley leaves on top (optional)

      Ginger Stewed Beef | Hen'omby ritra | Bio Beef Ribeye AMA Certified | Austria


    • This is a side dish to the rice meal in Madagascar. Serve with achards - pickled vegetables - and rougail - spicy sauce.

      If desired, add a few pink peppercorns to spice up the stew.

    • Ritra is the name for the cooking technique of boiling animal protein in fat, juices and water until the liquid evaporates. This technique can be used for any meat or poultry.

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