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African Stew

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Serves 5

Delicious hot and spicy stew for the slow cooker

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  • 1 kilo stewing steak
  • 37gm butter or marg
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 med. Carrots
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper or shake of Tabasco
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 dessertspoon flour
  • ¼ tsp. each of ground cloves & ginger
  • ½ pt. stock


    1. cut beef into 1 inch cubes
    2. heat butter in pan add onions, carrots, garlic and fry until pale gold
    3. add beef cubes and fry until well-sealed and brown
    4. stir in tomato paste, cloves, ginger, cayenne pepper, salt and vinegar
    5. pour in stock then bring to boil
    6. cover and leave for 2hrs until meat is tender, stirring from time to time
    7. Mix peanut butter with the flour add a little a at time to the simmering stew until it thickens.
    8. I often make loads more than this as it freezes well, just double up the quantities. I make it in a slow cooker and dont do from item 7 until it is about to be served or about to be frozen. It needs to be simmering well to thicken with the flour. I always find it best to remove quite a bit of the stock and mix it with the peanut butter mix first then mix it with the rest of the mixture as it goes very lumpy if you just add it and stir and if the beef is too tender it will just get lost in the stock

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14th Jul, 2012
this was fantastic! My husband loved it so much, he even said he would pay for it in a restaurant - thanks for the recipe!
26th Oct, 2011
was not sure about the peanut butter at first but it was a lovely stew
14th Aug, 2011
Have you tried using Oxtail and adding some curry powder served with sheema?
2nd Apr, 2011
Made this a couple of times now and it always goes down well with the family!
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