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Below are recipes from South Africa which look great

Beef and Beer Potjie

15 ml cake flour
5 ml paprika
1 kg beef fillet, cubed
15 ml butter
15 ml cooking oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
15 ml white sugar
8 green beans, sliced
4 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
5 ml mixed dried herbs
375 ml beer
250 ml beef stock
1 packet tomato soup powder
1 bay leaf
15 ml vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Combine the paprika and flour and place in a wooden bowl. Add the meat cubes and shake well to coat the meat. Melt the butter and oil in the pot and brown the meat over medium hot coals. Remove and set aside. Fry the onions and sugar, stirring now and then until the onions are tender. Add the beans, carrots and garlic and simmer for 5 minutes.
Return the meat to the pot and stir in the herbs, beer, stock, soup powder and bay leaf. replace the lid and simmer till the meat is tender, approx 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir occasionally, using a wooden spoon.
Mix the vinegar and corn flour and stir in. Simmer until the gravy has thickened and season with salt and pepper.

Chicken Potjie

45 ml cooking oil
1 kg chicken thighs
10 ml salt
4 bay leaves
pinch dried thyme
4 black pepper corns
pinch ground allspice
45 ml chutney
500 ml carrots, peeled and sliced
6 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
500 g whole button mushrooms
125 ml boiling water
1 chicken stock cube

Heat the oil in the pot. Sprinkle the thighs with salt and fry the chicken, a few pieces at a time, until golden brown. Add the herbs, spices and chutney. Arrange the carrots, potatoes and mushrooms in layers on top of the chicken. Dissolve the stock cube in the water and add it to the Potjie. Replace the lid and simmer for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Add water if the Potjie becomes too dry.

Curry Neck of Mutton Potjie

30 ml cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste
1.5 kg neck of mutton, cut into slices
3 medium onions, chopped
250 ml water
500 g whole baby carrots, peeled
500 g whole baby potatoes, peeled
20 ml sugar
10 ml mild curry powder
5 ml turmeric
125 ml milk

Heat the oil in the pot. Season the meat with salt and pepper and brown a few pieces at a time. Remove and set aside. Fry the onions until tender. Return the meat to the pot. Cover the meat with water, replace lid and simmer for 1 hour.
Add the carrots and potatoes and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. 
Mix the sugar, curry powder and turmeric with the milk and add. Simmer for another 15 minutes and gently stir through once. Add more water if the Potjie becomes too dry and simmer for another 15 minutes.

Dambie ( the Tswana name for "dumplings")
If you can make dumplings with stew, why not with potjiekos?
sample this true African cuisine.

To cover a saucy meat stew or potjiekos:
2 cups bread flour
1 tsp instant dry yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

Sift the dry ingredients together into a deep bowl. Add the egg and lukewarm water and mix well for about 5 minutes, till it forms a very soft , sticky dough, rather approaching a thick batter. Alternatively you can whip it up using a food processor.
Let dough rise for 2 hours covered. Scoop the frothy, soft dough onto the stew and quickly stroke it to spread evenly on top.
Shut the lid and do not lift till ready, about 30 minutes, or else it may implode into a chewy mess. Then insert a skewer into the dumpling, if it comes out clean it is cooked.
Enjoy!

Lamb Neck and Cabbage Potjie

2 tbs cooking oil
2 large onions, chopped
14 lamb neck chops
250g bacon, diced
16 small potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 small cabbage, cut in 8 pieces
dash of lemon juice with 500ml water
dash of mixed herbs
salt and black pepper to taste


1. Heat the oil in a medium-size Potjie, then fry the onions, bacon and lamb chops for about ˝ hour, stirring from time to time. Cover with lid and leave to cook for about 45 minutes.
2. Open pot, stir, then add layer of potatoes, finishing off with the cabbage. Add the water/lemon juice mixture, herbs and spices. (Don't stir yet)
3. Cover with lid and cook for about another 2 hours slowly over medium coals ; check if there's enough water after a while, and add more if necessary.
4. Stir through  ; the meat should fall off the bones.
5. Serve with brown rice and sweet mashed cinnamon pumpkin.

Hot Mutton Curry Potjie

This is for people like me who like their curry hot, if you prefer it a bit weaker, reduce the curry powder to 15 ml.

2 kg mutton chops
salt and pepper to taste
45 ml cooking oil
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
250 g rindless breakfast bacon, chopped
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
250 ml uncooked rice
250 ml dried apricots, soaked in water for 1 hour and drained
250 ml water
1 tin (410 g) mealie kernels, drained
1 tin, (410 g) peas, drained
250 ml chutney
20 ml strong curry powder (Rajah Hot Curry Powder is good)
5 ml turmeric
3 ml coriander
3 ml ground nutmeg

Heat the oil in the pot. Season the meat with salt and pepper and in the open pot brown a few pieces at a time on both sides. Remove the meat and set aside. Fry the onions until tender. Return the meat to the pot with the onions. Arrange the bacon, potatoes, rice and apricots in layers on top of the meat. Add the water. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add more water if the Potjie boils dry. 
Add the mealies and peas.
Mix the chutney, curry, turmeric, coriander and nutmeg well. Add the mixture to the Potjie. Cover and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.

Serve with sliced banana, finely chopped onion and tomato and finely grated coconut.

Ostrich Potjie

30 ml cooking oil
1.5 kg ostrich neck slices
4 leeks, sliced
2 fat cloves garlic, crushed
5 ml dried or 1 sprig fresh rosemary
250 g brown mushrooms, sliced
30 ml boiled green peppercorns, bruised
75 ml brandy
50 ml dry sherry
375 ml dry red wine or 1/2 red wine 1/2 chicken stock
30 ml lemon juice
15 fresh pickling onions, peeled
10 small whole carrots
8 small, peeled potatoes or unpeeled new potatoes scrubbed clean
1 x 300 g packet creamed spinach and mushrooms, thawed. (Can be replaced with 250 g cooked, chopped and flavoured spinach mixed with 125 ml sour cream. Flavour the spinach with some of the following: bacon, ham, cheese, nutmeg and lemon juice)
15 ml cake flour
a little milk
pinch nutmeg
salt to taste

Heat the oil in the pot and brown the meat a little at a time. Remove and set aside. Fry the leeks, garlic, rosemary, mushrooms and peppercorns in the same pot. Return the meat to the pot. Heat the brandy slightly, pour over the meat, and ignite. Add the heated sherry, red wine and lemon juice once the flames have died down. Cover with the lid, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 1/2 hours or till the meat is almost tender.
Layer the vegetables, except the spinach, on top of the meat, cover, and simmer for a further 45 to 50 minutes. Mix the spinach mixture with a paste of cake flour and milk and spoon carefully over the food in the pot. Season with nutmeg and salt, cover and simmer for a further 15 minutes.

Oxtail Potjie - probably the tastiest Potjie recipe

500g Oxtails cut 2 inches thick pieces
10 slices Bacon cut in 1 inch pieces
˝ cup Flour seasoned with salt and pepper
1 litre beef stock
1 can tomato paste
1 Bay leaf
6 black peppercorns
1 bouquet garni
6 large leeks, chopped coarsely
2 large onions, chopped coarsely
6 large carrots, chopped coarsely
20 button mushrooms
1 cup red wine
˝ cup sherry
˝ cup cream
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons crushed garlic


1. Dry oxtails with paper towel.
2. Put seasoned flour in a Ziplock bag, then add the Oxtail and shake to coat with flour.
3. Heat butter and olive oil and sauté bacon pieces.
4. Remove bacon and brown Oxtail in resulting fat, remove and drain.
5. Finely dice 4 of the carrots. Coarsely chop the onions and the leeks.
6. Add the finely diced carrots, leeks, onions and sauté until softened
7. Add Oxtail, bacon, bouquet garni, bay leaf, peppercorns, garlic, tomato sauce, red wine, sherry.
8. Bring slowly to a boil and cook slowly for 3 - 4 hours.
9. 1 hour before serving cut the remaining carrots into 1 inch pieces, add them and mushrooms and continue cooking slowly.
10. Just prior to serving, add cream and stir in.
11. If you want to thicken the sauce mix some cornstarch with the cream before adding.

Paella Potjie

60 ml cooking oil
3 red sweet peppers (seeded and cut in strips) or a 400g tin pimento
1 large onion, chopped
500 g pork, cubed
5 chicken thighs, halved
1 litre boiling water
5 ml saffron
4 bay leaves
2 chicken stock cubes
1 kg kingklip fillets, cut in strips (Use Hake in the UK)
400 g frozen prawns
500 g uncooked rice
salt and pepper to taste
250 g frozen green peas
juice of 1 lemon

Heat the oil in the pot. Lightly brown the pepper, onion, pork and chicken. Cover and simmer slowly for an hour or until the meat is nearly done.
Add the saffron, bay leaves and chicken stock cubes to the boiling water and set aside.
Place the fish and prawns on top of the meat, followed by the rice and peas. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the saffron water little by little as the rice boils dry. Simmer the Potjie gently until the rice and peas are done and all the liquid has nearly boiled away. Paella should be loose and the rice should not be soggy.
Add the lemon juice just before serving and stir well.

Venison Potjie (Wildspotjie)

125 ml sunflower oil
4 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
10 ml chopped fresh thyme
1 kg venison, cubed
250 g rindless bacon, chopped
500 ml port or dry red wine
6 medium potatoes, sliced

Heat the oil in a pot and sauté the carrots, onions and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add the thyme, meat, bacon and port and simmer, covered, for 3 hours. Add the potatoes and simmer for a further 30 to 45 minutes.