Red Beef Stew

Red Beef Stew

One of those simple beef recipes that packs a punch of hearty flavour. Three spices and a dash of Royco Mchuzi mix is all that you need.

  • Recipe serves:10
  • Preparation time20 min
  • Cooking time60 min


  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) of oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 kg of beef, cubed
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) of ajwain seeds, crushed (or dried thyme if ajwain seeds are not available)
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) of fresh ginger, crushed
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) of turmeric
  • 5 very ripe tomatoes, blended
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) of Royco Beef Mchuzi mix
  • 3 cups (750 ml) of water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) of thick cream (whole cream) OR natural yogurt (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the oil in the pan. Add the onions and fry until golden. Add the cubed beef. Fry until well- browned and slightly crunchy on the edges.
  • Add ajwain, ginger and turmeric to the same pan (with a little oil if needed). Stir until infused aroma is released.
  • Add the blended tomatoes. Cook until reduced and thick.
  • Mix the Royco Mchuzi Mix with 1 cup of water and stir. Add to the beef. Add the rest of the water and stir. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the cream or yogurt (if using). Season with salt and pepper. Stir and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  • Serve with ugali.
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