Category Archives: Bredies

Braised Minced Meat


Braised Minced Meat (gesmoorde mince)

Minced Meat Bredie

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage alive since 2011!

Quick, easy and very economical to make. Serve with white rice and atchar or homemade blatjang.

Serves 6
1 kg minced meat
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 large green pepper, finely chopped
2 tsp finely grated garlic
2 green chillies, chopped
5 allspice
5 cloves

3 bay leaves
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 tsp black pepper

1 cube beef stock dissolved in 1 cup hot water (optional)
4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
2 cups frozen mix veg or frozen peas

Method:
Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onion and braise until the onions are very brown. Once the onions are brown add the green pepper, garlic and spices, you may add half a cup of water if the onions are starting to stick to the bottom of the pot. Add the minced meat, stir to separate the minced meat, cook over medium heat until the mince is brown.

Next add the potatoes pieces with the beef stock, if using or water as necessary, cook until the potatoes are semi soft. Add the frozen veg / peas and cook over low to medium heat until the potatoes are soft. You may add more water if necessary. Serve with white rice and atchars or blatjang.

Minced Bredie With Mixed Veg

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Tomato Sausage Bredie


Salwaa’s Tomato Sausage Bredie (Stew)

Here’s another midweek budget friendly recipe.

Tomato Sausage Bredie

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights
From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage heritage alive since 2011!

500g sausage cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon cooking oil
500g red ripe tomatoes, washed, chopped or liquidised or 1 tin chopped tomatoes or use both the fresh and tin tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 green chilles , chopped or more
1 heaped TBSP tomato paste
3 potatoes, peeled and sliced into quarters
2 tablespoons sugar or to taste

Method:
Heat the oil in a big, heavy-bottomed saucepan, over medium heat.
Sauté the onions in the oil until golden, soft and golden brown.
Add the potatoes and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes , stirring often and adding water to prevent the potatoes sticking to the pan and burning.
Add the tomatoes garlic, salt, chillies and tomato paste and simmer a further 15 minutes.
Add the sausages and cook until the potatoes are completely soft.
Add the sugar and cook a further 5 minutes.
Serve warm with steamed / boiled white rice.

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Cooks Tip:
DO NOT add the sugar until the potatoes are completely soft as the sugar will prevent the potatoes from softening.

Add a a tin of baked beans to stretch this dish even further 🙂

Tomato and Chicken Bredie


Salwaa’s Tomato & Chicken Bredie

Here’s another budget friendly midweek dish to prepare for your family.

Chicken and Tomato Bredie

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delight
From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage alive since 2011!

Ingredients:
8-10 pieces of chicken
1 Tbsp cooking oil
500g red ripe tomatoes, washed, chopped or liquidised and / tin of chopped tomatoes or use both
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 green chillies, chopped or more
2 tsp tomato paste
3 potatoes, peeled and sliced into quarters
2 tablespoons sugar or to taste

Method:
Heat the oil in a big, heavy-bottomed saucepan, over medium heat.
Sauté the onions in the oil until golden, soft and golden brown.
Add the chicken pieces and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes to brown slightly.
Add the chopped / liquidised tomato, garlic, salt, chillies and tomato paste and simmer a further 5 minutes.
Add the potatoes and cook until the potatoes are soft.
Add the sugar last and cook a further 5 minutes.
Serve warm with steamed / boiled white rice.

Cooks Tip:
DO NOT add the sugar until the potatoes are completely soft as the sugar will prevent the potatoes from softening.
Prepare the Tomato Bredie a day in advance and leave in the refrigerator. Vegetable bredie’s flavour enhances if it eaten the next day. Reheat and serve with boiled rice.

Buy tomatoes when in season and it’s slightly cheaper. Cut and liquidise, divide into portions, pour into freezer friendly ziplock bags or containers and freeze until needed.

Use tin tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes
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Tomato Pootjies / Trotters


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Salwaa’s Tomato Trotters / Pootjies In Tamatie / Tomato Paya

Pootjies en Tamatie

In time gone by this dish was almost always served at thikrs, gadats, weddings or any family functions. Nowadays, it’s see as delicacy and not many people make it. Before cooking ensure all the little hairs are removed from the trotters / pootjies. Some butcher shops sell the trotters already cleaned. In the past a razor blade was used to scrape the hair off and then it was further cleaned by burning the small hairs over an open flame.

Ingredients:
8 cleaned sheep trotters or ox trotter cut into pieces. Cover with water, add a few bay leaves. Bring to the boil and cook until the trotters are soft and tender. The trotters will have to cook/simmer over medium heat for at least 2 hours to ensure its tender. Top up with water as needed.

Cook the trotters/ pootjies until soft

When the trotters are cooked, keep the liquid aside and use the liquid when cooking the tomatoes for extra flavour.

1 Tbsp cooking oil
1 kg red ripe tomatoes, washed, chopped or liquidised

1 tin of chopped tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 large onion, chopped
2 tsp salt or too taste
2-3 chopped green chillies (use more or less according to your taste)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
3 large potatoes, peeled and sliced into quarters, optional
2 Tbsp sugar or to taste

Method:
Heat the oil in a saucepan, over medium heat.
Sauté the onions in the oil until soft and golden brown.
Add the cooked trotters and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Add the chopped / liquidised tomato, garlic, salt, chillies and tomato paste and simmer a further 30 minutes until the tomato has cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
Add the potatoes and cook until the potatoes are soft.
Lastly add the sugar, cook a further 5 minutes.
Serve warm with steamed / boiled white rice.

Cooks Tip:
Use the liquid of cooked trotters in food and not water.
DO NOT add the sugar until the potatoes are completely soft as the sugar will prevent the potatoes from softening.
Prepare the Bredie a day in advance and leave in the refrigerator. Vegetable bredie’s flavour enhances if it eaten the next day. Reheat and serve with boiled rice.

Marrow & Frikkadel Stew / Bredie


Marrow & frikkadel stew, perfect comfort food to make on a cold and wintry day. Substitute the marrow with squash if you prefer.

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Serves 6
Ingredients:
500g mutton or lamb pieces
2 Tbsps oil
2 onions, chopped
Salt to taste
5 cloves
1 – 2 green chilies, deseeded and chopped
1 piece stick cinnamon
1 large marrow, peeled and cut into thick slices
Nutmeg
Butter
Water as needed

Frikkadel ingredients:
500g fat free minced meat (steak mince or chicken)
1 large onion
1 small green pepper
1 tomato
1/2 bunch dhanya (optional)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 slice bread (couple of days old is best)
1 egg
Salt & pepper to taste


Method:
Wash and drain minced meat well.
Soak bread in water and squeeze excess water out.
Chop onion, pepper, tomato, dhanya finely.
Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly using your hands.

Method:
Heat the oil in a large deep pot. Braise the onions until very brown, add the meat and spices and cook over medium to high heat until the meat are brown and tender, 20 – 30 minutes depending on the type of meat you using, adding water (not excessive) to prevent it from burning. For best results the meat should be a deep golden brown colour.

Meanwhile prepare your frikkadel. Place a small ball (40ml) of frikkadel mixture in the centre of each slice of marrow. Place the stuffed marrow on top of the mutton mixture, add 1 cup of water. Sprinkle with grated nutmeg, dot with small pieces of butter and steam covered for about 30 minutes on low – medium heat without stirring. (if you need to check on the food stick a wooden spoon gently inside and move slightly) Serve, with white rice and atchar.

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Make a double batch of frikkadel, form into balls, flash freeze and store in a ziplock bag for next time you make a frikkadel dish

Tomato Frikkadel / Spaghetti with Meatballs


Comfort food at it’s best! A delicious meal to make on a rainy and cloudy day. Serve with spaghetti for the kids and white rice for the older family members (If they like my husband whose not fond of pasta)

Spaghetti with meatballs is an Italian-American dish consisting of spaghetti, tomato sauce and meatballs. It has become a South African favourite as well, with the older generation preferring the rice over the spaghetti.

Tomato Frikkadel Served With Rice / Spaghetti

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights
From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage alive for the past 10 years!

Serves 4 – 6
Frikkadel Ingredients:

  • 500g fat free minced meat
  • 1 onion
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • ½ bunch coriander
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 slice one day old bread soaked in water
  • 1 medium egg
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Method:
Wash and drain minced meat well.

Soak bread in water and squeeze excess water out.

Chop onion, pepper, tomato, coriander finely.

Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly using your hands.

Heat your oven to 220°C.

Roll mince mixture into small golf ball size meatballs.

Arrange the meatballs onto a slightly greased baking tin or line your baking tin with greaseproof paper then you don’t need to use any oil.

This is to prevent the meatballs from sticking onto your tray.

Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 until browned.

Meanwhile, make the sauce.


Tomato sauce ingredients:
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 level teaspoon crushed garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried crushed red chillies or to taste
700g soft, red tomatoes, liquidised or 2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon tomato paste
A handful fresh rosemary, chopped
Sugar to taste

Method:
In a large saucepan heat the oil and braise the onion until golden brown.

Add the garlic, salt, chillies, tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar and simmer over low heat until the sauce has slightly thickened, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the rosemary, stir through.

Add the cooked meatballs (drain any excess fat) to the tomato sauce to keep warm while you boil the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet.

Spoon the sauce and meatballs over spaghetti, or stir them all together and serve with cheese of your choice, optional.

Garnish with rosemary sprigs.

Variation:
Serve with white plain boiled rice.

Tip:
Prepare a double batch of meatballs and freeze half. Ideal for busy cooks, unexpected visitors (after the pandemic or when it’s safe to receive visitors😊) or when you want to whip up a nutritious meal for your family.

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Cauliflower Stew


Blomkool Bredie (Cauliflower Stew) 

Cauliflower Bredie

Bredies consists of mutton or lamb pieces and vegetables cook together in true Cape Malay tradition. Stew or bredie as its known in South Africa usually consists of mutton, lamb or beef pieces cooked with various fresh vegetables. Bredies are traditional Cape Malay food which is simple and inexpensive to cook, especially when feeding large families.

Any type of vegetables can be used on its own or use a combination of two e.g. cauliflower and carrots. Most bredies are spiced with stick cinnamon, allspice and cloves with a green chilli or two for extra flavour. The most popular Cape Malay bredies are green bean, tomato, cabbage, cauliflower bredies and is healthy nutritious winter food. Bredies are served with plain boiled rice, atchars or sambals.

This recipe serves 4 – 6 people

Ingredients:
600g mutton / lamb pieces, washed and drained
2 Tbsp cooking oil
2 onions, peeled and chopped
2 tsp salt or to taste
1 – 2 green chillies, chopped
2 pieces stick cinnamon
1 large cauliflower, leaves cut off and broken into pieces
3 potatoes, peeled and sliced into quarters
1 – 2 Tbsp sugar (optional)

 

Method:
Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan and fry the onions until golden brown.
Add the meat and cinnamon.
Brown the meat, ensuring it is well browned but not burned.
Add a little water, cover and reduce the heat.
Simmer until the meat is nearly tender, approximately 30 – 45 minutes.
Add the cauliflower, potatoes, chillies, salt to taste and simmer until the potatoes are tender.
Add more hot water as required.
Stir in the sugar if using.

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Carrots and Pea Bredie


Salwaa’s Carrots & Peas Bredie

Carrot & Pea Bredie

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage alive for the past 10 years!

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp cooking oil

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

500g mutton, lamb or beef pieces

800g carrots cut into julienne strips

3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters

1½ cups frozen peas

1/2 tsp ground allspice or 5 whole allspice

1-2 green chillies

2 tsp salt or to taste

Hot water as needed

Chopped parsley for garnishing

Method:

Heat oil in a large saucepan and braise onions until golden brown, 5-10 mins.

Add washed and drained meat and braise until dark brown, 10-15 mins.

The meat should be as brown as you can get it.

Add salt, chillies, allspice and enough water; simmer until meat is nearly tender, 15-20 minutes or longer if using mutton.

Add carrots and potatoes, cook until potatoes are nearly soft.

Add frozen peas and cook a further 10 mins or until potatoes are soft.

Garnish with chopped parsley.

Serve with white rice and atchars.

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Fasulye and Pilav


Fasulye and Pilav

Salwaa’s Fasulye (Beans Stew & Rice)

Fasulye

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights
From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage alive

On our recent trip to Istanbul we had this delicious bean stew called Fasulye served with a buttery rice. It’s very popular amongst the Turks and widely eaten in the country. It’s such a cheap and easy dish to make, it’s filling and really warms you up too. This is my version and a must try dish.

Ingredients:

2 chopped onions

2 ripe chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 small chopped green pepper

2-3 finely chopped chillies

1 tbsp grated garlic

Salt to taste

2 tins of cannellini beans drained

 

Method:

Braised finely chopped onion in a little oil for about 5 minutes.

Add garlic, chillies, tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Add cannellini beans and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add water as desired.

The result is a delicious, hearty bean stew. I served it with a plate of Pilav (rice)

Turkish Pilav (rice)

Fasulya with Pilav

Ingredients 

2 cups of basmati or fragrant rice

3 tablespoons butter (real butter gives the flavour, margarine is not a substitute)

5 cloves

2 cups of water or stock (chicken stock works particularly well, and helps create the authentic taste)

1 – 2 teaspoons salt, use less salt of you are using chicken stock

Method:

Rinse the rice in a sieve under cold water. Place the rice in a bowl and cover with hot salted water. Let this stand for about 30 minutes.  Wash again thoroughly in cold water (the water should run clear) and drain well.

Melt the butter, with the cloves, in a saucepan until it just starts to sizzle, before it turns brown. Add the rice and sauté for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously.

Pour the stock or water into the pan, bring to the boil, then turn down to simmer on a low heat. Don’t stir the pilav whilst cooking! Cook until the rice has absorbed all the water (10-15 minutes). Add salt to taste.

Take the pan off the heat, and remove the lid. Place a clean kitchen towel over the pot, and then replace the lid. Leave to “rest” for 5-10 minutes. Stir the rice with a fork to fluff it up before serving with the fasulya beans.

Enjoy a taste from Turkey

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Green Bean and Lamb Stew


Salwaa’s Green Beans Stew

A simple yet tasty recipe for green beans stew or bredie as we know it in Cape Town. Easy to make, a great idea for a healthy and nutritious meal. Here I used trimmed fine beans. Best of all 3 heaped tablespoons green beans equals one of your 5 a day.

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Ingredients:

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
600g lamb pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1½ tsp salt
2 – 3 green chillies, chopped
1 Tbsp spoon sugar, optional
3 cloves
3 all spice
1kg green beans, sliced diagonally
3 large potatoes, quartered

Green Bean Stew served with basmati rice and atchar

Method:

Wash and drain the meat. Heat the oil in a large pot and braise the onions until deep golden brown.

Add the lamb pieces and garlic and cook until nearly tender about 40 minutes adding water as necessary.

Add the salt, chillies, cloves, allspice and green beans as well as the potatoes.

Cook until the potatoes are soft and tender adding water for thinner gravy.

Serve with boiled rice and atchar. Serves 6

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Always braise meat until very dark in colour, carefully watching it, so that it doesn’t burn to get a nice dark colour stew.

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