Traditional potjie with pulses

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Farm Fare created their own version of a traditional ‘potjie’ recipe, by adding pulses to the dish in support of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP). Pulses can add valuable nutrition and fibre to your diet. They are versatile and easy to cook with. Try adding them to traditional stews and meals such as this one, for an added boost to your health and taste buds. This recipe is perfect for a large gathering.

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3kg stewing steak, cut into chunks

1 glass of red wine

50g thyme

500mℓ beef stock

6 celery sticks, finely chopped

2 onions, chopped

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 large knob of butter

500g mixture of sugar beans, red kidney beans and black-eyed beans, soaked overnight

4 carrots, chopped

12 potatoes, chopped

500g of mushrooms, chopped

1 tbsp of paprika

4 tbsp of tomato purée

3 bay leaves

½ cup of chutney

salt and pepper

Find out how to grow your own potatoes here.


  1. Place a traditional potjie on hot coals.
  2. Melt the knob of butter once the potjie has warmed up.
  3. Add the celery, onions and garlic. Sauté until translucent.
  4. Next add the beef, tomato purée, paprika and bay leaves. Braise until the meat has browned.
  5. Add the beef stock and glass of wine to the meat.
  6. Now add some flavour with salt, pepper and fresh thyme.
  7. Lastly, the soaked pulses, potatoes, carrots and mushrooms can be added.
  8. Stir the contents of the potjie to mix the ingredients evenly.
  9. Top off with the half a cup of fruit chutney.
  10. Cook for a minimum of two hours.
  11. The potjie can be served with samp, pap, rice or bread and other side dishes.

Serves 20+

Our sincere thanks to AGT Foods Africa who sponsored the pulses that were used in this recipe. – Ursula Human, Farm Fare

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