Chef´s Choice – South African Recipes – Tomato Bredie

Chef´s Choice – South African Recipes

Tomato Bredie

South Africa map_1Coming back from a marvelous trip to the Cape Provinces of South Africa and having enjoyed their wonderful cuisine, I want to share some recipes from this part of the world with my readers. Enjoy and have fun while cooking.

The cuisine of South Africa can be generalized as:

Cookery practiced by indigenous people of Africa such as the Sotho- and Nguni-speaking people.

Cookery that emerged from several waves of colonisation and immigration introduced during the colonial period by white European people of Dutch (since 1652), German, French, Italian, Greek and British (since 1805~1820) descent and their Indo-Asian slaves or servants – this includes the cuisine of the so-called Cape Malay people, which has many characteristics of Indonesia and cooking styles from neighboring colonial cultures such as Portuguese Mozambique.


  • 1 1/2 kg lean lamb meat, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 kg tomatoes, chopped
  • Lamb meat6 whole white peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 tspn freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tspn sugar
  • 1 tbsp grape vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 2 medium potatoes, skinned and quartered


Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan.

Toss the lamb pieces in flour and fry in the pan until well browned.

Tomato BredieStir in the onions and cook until they are soft. Add the tomatoes.

Mix in salt, sugar and all the spices. Add vinegar, Worcestershire sauce (to taste) and beef bouillon cube. Stir thorougly until the cube dissolves.

Cover and simmer for 60 minutes stirring occasionally.

Add the potatoes and simmer for another 45 minutes, until the potatoes are done and the meat is tender. Stir from time to time so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.

Note:  The flavour improves if the Tomato Bredie is left for a day and warmed up.


About tfrsecretary

Born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany in 1957, I was educated at a Baccalaureate High School. Later completed Technical University with a degree in Economic Informatics. I served for 12 years in the German Army before joining a French computer company for another 10 years. Then ran my own motorcycle and gastronomy businesses before deciding to retire. I arrived in North Cyprus with my second wife in 2004 and since her sad loss in 2011, I have kept myself very busy trying to help others with similar problems and in 2012 became the Secretary of “The Foreign Residents in the TRNC” (TFR). I am very keen to see expat communities coming together and playing their part in helping North Cyprus, our adopted homeland.
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