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South African: Lamb Stew And Dombolo (Dumblings)

South African: Lamb Stew And Dombolo (Dumblings)

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South African: Lamb Stew And Dombolo (Dumblings)

South Africa has many dishes originating from different parts of the country; Dombolo is a unique type of bread made in a pot of boiling water or prepared using steam, a delicacy shared by many of the Nguni communities. It’s served so hot with different varieties of stews, especially lamb stew.

Servings: 6

Keywords: Stew

  • Prep Time: 0 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 mins




Lamb Stew

  • 2 Carrots (chopped)
  • ¼ cup Seasoned Flour
  • 1 Boned lamb leg or shoulder
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • Pickling onions (as preferred)
  • Rashers rindless bacon (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 cup Beef stock
  • ½ glass of Red wine
  • 2 stalks of Celery
  • 1 Large peeled swede
  • Spring thyme
  • 2 Bay leaves

Dombolo (Dumblings)

  • 2 teaspoon Horseradish cream
  • ¼ cup of Milk
  • 1 Lightly beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon Chives (chopped)
  • Butter
  • Self-rising flour


  1. Pour half the oil into a casserole dish over medium heat. Quick fry in the bacon, onions and garlic for about 5 minutes until golden, and remove them from the oil.
  2. Put the lamb in seasoned flour, heat the remaining oil and fry the lamb to brown in it for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the bacon mixture to the dish with lamb, stir and add wine.
  4. Allow it to boil over low heat, then add the carrots, celery, swede, thyme and bay leaves. 
  5. Allow it to simmer for about 1 hour, and remove the thyme and bay leaves.
  6. Start making the Dumplings (Dombolo) by sifting the flour in a bowl, adding seasoning and mixing them.
  7. Add the chives, create a well in the centre of the mixture, and add the egg, milk, and cream to achieve a soft dough.
  8. Bring it to a flat, floured surface, knead and roll it into balls.
  9. Place about 4 dumplings on top of the stew, cover, and allow to simmer for about 1 hour.
  10. Remove the lid when and check if the dumplings are golden. Repeat the process.Serve it.
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