How To Prepare The Classic Kenyan Beef Stew


1/2 kg beef, cut into bite sizes

1 cup of water                           

4 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil

1 big red onion or 2 small ones, diced

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 inch fresh ginger, minced

3-4 fresh tomatoes, diced

1 teaspoon tomatopaste

2 carrots, diced

5 small potatoes, diced

3 Bay leave

½ teaspoon paprika powder

½ teaspoon curry powder

Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Fresh coriander for garnishing


In a saucepan, place meat, ginger, garlic and 1 cup of water. Boil the meat for roughly 30 minutes on medium heat

Separate meat from broth and set aside (you’ll need the broth later for the stew)

In a separate saucepan, heat vegetable oil on medium heat, fry onions till soft. Add beef and fry till it starts to brown. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and cook till the fresh tomatoes have softened. Add the spices; curry powder and paprika and mix well. Let the mixture simmer for a minute or two for the spices to mix well with the beef.

Add carrots and potatoes and stir well, again let the mixture simmer about five minutes stirring each minute to avoid sticking in the pan. Once everything has mixed in well add the broth you had set aside earlier. Stir well and throw in the bay leaves, lower the heat to low and Simmer for about 45 minutes or until the meat is tender stirring from time to time. Season with salt and pepper

Ganish with fresh corinder and serve hot with rice, ugali or chapati.


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