• 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 10 cardamom pods, green pods discarded and black seeds ground
  • 10 cloves, ground
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 500ml beef or chicken stock
  • 1kg floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper
  • 400g can chickpeas
  • 75g butter
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 3 tsp za'atar (a mix of Middle Eastern herbs and spices, often made with marjoram, oregano, ground sumac, cumin and sesame seeds)
  • 200g frozen peas
  • small pack parsley, chopped


  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion, garlic, carrot, spices and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook for 10-15 mins on a low heat until softened. If the onion starts to brown, add a splash of water.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, cook the mince in a large frying pan until brown and starting to caramelise. Stir the beef in with the onion, add the tomato purée and stock, and simmer for 30 mins until most of the stock has been absorbed.

  • STEP 3

    While the beef is cooking, peel and cut the potatoes into chunks. Tip into a saucepan and cover with cold salted water. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 20 mins. Drain the potatoes and mash together with the chickpeas, butter, milk and za’atar.

  • STEP 4

    Stir the peas into the mince and simmer for 2 more mins, then take off the heat and stir in the chopped parsley. Divide between 4 small freezer-proof pie dishes. Top each with mashed potato and rough up the top with a fork.

  • STEP 5

    If serving straight away, put the pies on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 30 mins. To freeze, leave the pies to cool completely, then wrap well in cling film and foil. To cook from frozen, put the pies on a baking tray in a cold oven, turn to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and cook for 1 hr-1 hr 20 mins until piping hot.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2014

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