Recipe: Potjiekos

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 2 hrs

Total Time: 2 hrs 10 mins

Potjiekos, is a traditional stew recipe from South Africa and Namibia, but Namibians do it best lol. It is cooked outdoors in a round, cast iron, three-legged pot, called potjie.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Namibian

Servings: 4 people


  • 3 lb lamb stew cubed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 cups meat stock
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 lb small carrots
  • 1 lb baby potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • ½ cup milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. In a potjie pot with hot oil, add the lamb, season with salt and pepper and cook on medium heat, until browned. Remove the meat and set aside.
  2. Add the onions to the pot and sauté until soft for about 8 minutes.
  3. Return the meat to the pot, then add enough beef stock to cover the ingredients. Turn the heat to low and simmer covered for one hour.
  4. Add the carrots and potatoes and continue simmering for 30 minutes.
  5. Mix the sugar, curry powder and turmeric with the milk and stir into the stew.
  6. Bring back to boil and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  7. Serve with rice or mieliepap (maize porridge).

Recipe Notes:

Traditionally, potjiekos is cooked over a fire. This recipe was adapted to be cooked on a stove, but it can also be used to cook in a potjie pot on a fire instead.

As a teen growing up, I worked in many restaurants and food outlets across Namibia, and I developed the love for the diverse quality ingredients, food and drinks in Namibia, it is for that reason I wish to share my experience and knowledge with you. I am also looking forward to seeing and being part of your personal experience.

Toivo Reinhold - Namibia Eats Drinks Blog Owner

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