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Zimbabwean Beef Stew (Nyama)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Zimbabwean beef stew (nyama) is a simple dish typically served with sadza, a porridge made with cornmeal.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African, Zimbabwean
Servings: 4 people
Author: Rumbie Shoko
  • 2 lb beef
  • 4 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 carrots , diced
  • 1 cup fresh green beans , cut in 1-inch/2,5cm sections
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)
  • Oil (for frying)
  1. Cut beef into medium sized chunks. Heat oil in pot. Add beef, garlic and salt. Fry until the meat is a lovely brown color.
  2. Add enough water to just cover the meat and reduce heat. Allow to simmer gently and slowly unovered until meat is tender.
  3. When the water is entirely reduced, add the onions and curry powder. Fry for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes or until the tomatoes are tender and cooked through.
  4. Add a little bit of water, the carrots and green beans and simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
Recipe Notes
  • You may add some cornstarch diluted in water to the stew to thicken it a bit or just enjoy it as is.