Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: South African
There is nothing more traditional than serving a delicious potjie at your next social event! "Potjiekos" is a traditional Afrikaner dish hailing from South Africa.The difference between a "potjie" and a stew is that a "potjie" is never stirred during the cooking process and is always cooked slowly over hot coals in a cast iron pan.
  • Oil to cover the base of your potjie
  • 1kg Lamb (on the bone)
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • Chunks of Potatoes, Carrots, Baby marrows and Green Beans
  • 2 tsps Ginger and Garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 400gr can of Diced Tomatoes
  • A few Bay Leaves
  1. Place the pot on the fire and heat the oil.
  2. Add the onions and fry until soft and translucent.
  3. Add the lamb and the ginger and garlic paste and brown on all sides. If the pot is too warm and the meat is burning, add a few tots of wine or water.
  4. Add salt and black pepper.
  5. When the meat is brown, add the diced tomatoes and the bay leaves.
  6. Put the lid on and gently simmer for approx an 1 hour.
  7. Add the potatoes and the carrots first and cook for about 30-40 minutes before adding the baby marrows and the green beans.
  8. Taste and add a bit more salt and black pepper if needed.
  9. Don’t stir the pot, but gently shake to ensure that there is enough liquid in the bottom and that it’s not burning. If unsure, add a bit more wine or water.
  10. Replace the lid and simmer for another 20-30 minutes
  11. Remove the pot from the fire and serve hot with rice.
Recipe by SAPeople South African Recipes at https://tastyrecipes.sapeople.com/potjiekos/