Tomato and mutton stew in terracotta bowl alongside rice

Cape Classic Tomato stew: Photo Maramangallam: https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-ceramic-bowl-with-cooked-rice-6358975/

Tomato and mutton stew: A modern twist on a classic South African dish

When you want to enjoy some winter comfort food, look no further than our tomato and mutton stew. It’s rich, spicy, tender and a true South African classic.

Tomato and mutton stew in terracotta bowl alongside rice

Cape Classic Tomato stew: Photo Maramangallam: https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-ceramic-bowl-with-cooked-rice-6358975/

We all want comfort food during winter and stews are often the answer. When you slow cook meat and vegetables, you infuse more flavour and end up with a thick, delicious gravy. Our tomato and mutton stew is a South African classic, known as tamatie bredie in Afrikaans or tomato stew. The fatty mutton paired with roasted tomatoes adds a rich depth of flavour that you will never forget. 

Making tomato and mutton stew

Browning the meat improves the flavour of the meat but also enriches the gravy. You want to use meaty tomatoes that won’t add too much liquid to your stew. However, you can always leave the lid off of the pot. The chilli doesn’t make the stew spicy but lifts the rich flavours to a whole new level. You can add any frozen vegetables, carrots, potatoes or cabbage to the dish.

When you want to enjoy some winter comfort food, look no further than our tomato and mutton stew. It’s rich, spicy, tender and a true South African classic.

Looking for more winter comfort food to make for your family this week? Have a look at our excellent recipe suggestions for you to try. There are many more old-school recipes like this one published in the Rustenburg Junior School Recipe Book in 1958.

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