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South African Beef Stew: Tomato Bredie

South African Beef Stew: Tomato Bredie

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South African Tomato Bredie

A classic delicious South African dish made from mutton, cooked slowly for a long period before being served. Bredie is an ancient Cape name which refers to a stew prepared with meat and vegetables. Other version of history states that it originated from the days of the Dutch settlers and Jan Van Riebeeck (known to be the founder of Cape Town) in 1600s, as meals for servants. The Afrikaans call the tomato bredie “Tamatiebredie,” bredie is stew in Afrikaanse.



  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 50 mins




  • 1 tablespoon White vinegar
  • Bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Brown sugar
  • White peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1 pound Mutton (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon Ground black pepper
  • 2 Tomatoes (chopped)
  • ¼ cup Cake flour
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Potatoes (optional)


  1. Place the lamb in the flour, turn it well until it’s completely covered.
  2. Place the lamb in hot it, and fry until it is browned.
  3. Transfer the fried lamb to a plate.
  4. Pour the onion into a pan, and cook for about 5 minutes until it’s soft.
  5. Place the lamb in a saucepan; add bay leaves, salt, brown sugar, white peppercorns,
  6. black pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  7. Cover it and reduce the heat for it to simmer for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Stir it.
  8. occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  9. Add potatoes and continue cooking till the potatoes are tender.
  10. Serve hot.
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