African Peasant Stew

Don’t let the name fool you, this African Peasant Stew is a kingly dish.

african peasant stew

A Zimbabwean dish, this recipe is usually served with wilted wild greens, but an easy Australian substitute would be silverbeet.


  • 2kg chuck steak, on the bone
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped

Cut the meat into rough chunks. Season liberally with salt, pepper and a little of the chilli.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions and remaining chilli until lightly golden. Add the meat in batches and cook until browned. Remove the meat from the saucepan and place in a larger, heavy-based saucepan.

Swirl the first saucepan out with 1/2 cup of boiling water to remove all the brown bits, and add the water to the second saucepan. Cover and cook on a low heat, turning the meat occasionally until tender, about three hours. A rich gravy should form at the bottom of the saucepan. If it becomes dry, add a little boiling water. Serve with polenta.

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    pedro the swift
    1st Jul 2019
    Where can one get a suitable african peasant these days?
    2nd Jul 2019
    Not Coles or Woolies that's for sure :). And as per usual for YLC, half the ingredients appear to be missing.
    1st Jul 2019
    I doubt whether the ingredients in this recipe are accurate. Looks like it also has butter beans/4 bean mix and maybe other ingredients in it as well. I also wonder whether peasants could afford 2kg of chuck steak? A purely vegetarian dish would be more appropriately called a peasant stew.
    1st Jul 2019
    Why buy 2kg chuck steak on the bone when it will need to be cut off the bone to chop into chunks?
    There are only onion and chilli mentioned and not other vegetables so half the ingredients seem to be missing.

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