This is Minnesota-based home cook Ma Halima's quick version of suqaar, a meat-and-vegetable stir-fry that's popular in her home country of Somalia. Complex flavor is built with spices like cumin and turmeric; a hit of cilantro and lime juice at the end give it a pop of freshness. Serve it as Ma Halima does, with plain rice or pilaf, chopped lettuce, and lemon wedges to squeeze on top. The recipe is featured in the cookbook, In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan with Julia Turshen. 

Martha Stewart Living, October 2020


Credit: Khadija M. Farah & Jennifer May

Recipe Summary

Serves 4


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Instructions Checklist
  • Warm oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) or other heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and onion, and sprinkle with a large pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned in spots and onion is beginning to become tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Add carrots and sprinkle cumin and turmeric over everything, along with another large pinch of salt. Stir in 1/4 cup water, cover, and cook until carrots are beginning to get tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in bell pepper, cover again, and cook until carrots and pepper are just barely tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Turn off heat, stir in lime juice, and season to taste. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve immediately. Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container and rewarmed in a skillet set over low heat.

Cook's Notes

Reprinted with permission from In Bibi’s Kitchen ($14.99, amazon.comby Hawa Hassan with Julia Turshen, copyright © 2020. Photographs by Khadija M. Farah & Jennifer May. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.