Potato Bredie (South African Potato and Beef Stew)

Potato bredie is a traditional South African dish that goes back to the 17th century when the Malay people came to the Cape and introduced this kind of cooking. Bredies are actually slow cooked

stews with vegetables and fruits like green beans or tomatoes and mutton or beef.

Preparation time: 15 minutes 
Cooking time: at least 115 minutes
Resting time: 0 minutes
Total time needed: at least 2 H 10 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: standard


Serves 4

Potato Bredie

  • 500 gram / 1.1 lbs. floury potatoes
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 500 gram / white onions, halved and cut into thin slices
  • 500 gram / stewing mutton or beef, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red cayenne chili, finely chopped
  • 410 gram / 14.5 oz. can of peeled cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup hot beef or mutton stock
  • 1/2 tsp. plain paprika powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 5 dried curry leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 green cardamon pods,  skin crushed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large skillet saute onions in the oil on medium hot heat for about 10 minutes or till they are soft and golden brown, stirring them frequently
  • Remove them from the pan for the time being
  • Increase heat, add meat pieces and fry them on all sides till they are browned, stirring them regularly
  • Return the onions to the skillet and add garlic and chili, stir briefly and let all cook for 2 minutes
  • Add tomatoes, stock, and all the spices, partially cover with lid and bring back to the boil, then reduce heat to low and let the bredie simmer gently for one hour, 
  • stirring it a few times during this time
  • Add the potato cubes, making sure that they are all covered in the liquid,cover again partially with the lid and simmer for another 30 minutes or till the potatoes are done
  • Sample a little of the bredie and adjust with salt and pepper if you like
  • Switch of the heat and serve hot as is or with some buttered rolls / buns or bread.

Try this delicious Tomato Bredie

One of my favorites is this yummy

"Green bean bredie"

Waterblommetjie Bredie

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