Winter has a way of lingering longer than it should. Even here in Africa, the cold and the rain tend to outstay their welcome, popping up deep into springtime. Fortunately, South African food is all-weather stuff, and this hearty stew will delight your family no matter what the weather’s like.


The beef stew packs a hearty, powerful, protein punch, with the tomatoes adding an extra dose of healthy antioxidants. But the dumplings are the real patriots here, with the pap, amasi and mielie meal adding a tasty homegrown touch.



1.5kg beef brisket, trimmed and cut into 2cm pieces

Sea salt and cracked black pepper

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tsps paprika

2 dried chillies, chopped

2 tbsp (30g) brown sugar

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 x 400g cans cherry tomatoes

2 cups (500ml) beef stock



1½ cups (225g) plain (all-purpose) flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1 cup (170g) instant pap

1½ cups (375ml) amasi

Sea salt and cracked black pepper

1 cup (120g) grated cheddar cheese

1 cup sweetcorn

½ cup chopped coriander

1 long red chilli, chopped



Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper and cook, in batches, for 3 minutes each side or until browned. Set aside.  Heat some more oil in the pan, add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the paprika and chillies and cook for 1 minute. Return the beef to the pan with the brown sugar, tomato paste, cherry tomatoes and stock, and bring to the boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and cook for 3–3½ hours or until tender. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the flour, baking powder, mielie meal, amasi, salt and pepper, cheese, coriander and chilli in a bowl and mix to combine. Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto the beef and bake, uncovered, for 15–20 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Serve with sour cream, if desired.


Serves 6-8



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