An easy recipe for homemade beef stew and steamed bread that will delight your taste buds


Through Lutho Pasiya Jul 27, 2021

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Do you like traditional dishes? Then you just have to try this easy recipe for homemade beef stew and steamed bread, courtesy of Miss SA’s top 30 contender Andile Mazibuko.

Beef stew is a cold weather staple. It’s cheap and the longer it cooks, the softer it becomes. If you find your beef is not tender after 45 minutes, continue to simmer, adding more broth or water as needed. What about steamed bread?

This bread is made by steaming the dough until it is cooked. If I tell you it’s divine, you’ll look at me and wonder what’s divine about steamed bread? Wait until you try it. It’s the perfect example of simple fun.

Mazibuko, from Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, says: “Sundays are not Sundays for me without what we call the ‘seven colors’ – two dishes that reflect every African household. “

Below, she shares her mother’s beloved beef stew and steamed bread recipes – two of her favorite dishes.

Beef stew


1 tablespoon of oil

1 onion, chopped

2 bell peppers, chopped

1 large garlic clove, chopped

1 kg of stewing beef, cut into bite-size pieces

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon of barbecue spices

1 tsp of paprika

1 tsp of thyme

2 bay leaves

1 tomato, diced

2 beef bouillon cubes

1 cup of sweet corn

4 carrots, sliced

Salt and pepper to taste


Add the oil to a large skillet and, over medium to high heat, sauté the onion, peppers and garlic until tender.

Add beef and sauté until browned, stirring to coat with onion, peppers and garlic.

Once the beef is golden, add all the spices, the diced tomato, the 2 beef stock cubes and a cup of hot water.

Lower the heat, open the lid of the saucepan and cook for 1 hour.

Then add the sweet corn and carrots and cook for another 15 minutes.

Add salt and pepper to taste before serving. Serve hot with your favorite vegetables or a salad.

Steamed bread


4 cups of flour

1 packet of yeast

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of salt

500 ml of lukewarm water

2 tablespoons of melted butter

¼ cup sweetcorn


Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.

Incorporate the butter then gradually add the water. Using your hands, mix until a dough forms (the dough should not be sticky or dry).

Place the dough in a clean steel bowl, cover with a cloth and put it in a warm place for 45 minutes to rise.

After 45 minutes, the dough should have risen twice its original size.

Crush it then add the sweet corn and mix well.

Form the dough into a ball and place it in a steel bowl greased with butter or oil.

Place the bowl in a saucepan half filled with boiling water, making sure that the water does not rise above the bowl.

Steam for 45 minutes before removing the bread. Serve hot with the beef stew.


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