- 500 grams beef, cubed (you can use stewing beef or any other tender cut)
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 2 potatoes, cubed
- 1 cup butternut squash, cubed
- 1 cup green beans, trimmed and halved
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cups beef or vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
- Add the chopped onions and minced garlic to the pot and sauté until the onions become translucent.
- Add the cubed beef to the pot and brown it on all sides.
- Stir in the tomato paste, ground coriander, ground cumin, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook for a minute to allow the flavors to develop.
- Pour in the beef or vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 1 hour, or until the beef becomes tender.
- Add the carrots, potatoes, butternut squash, and green beans to the pot. Stir to combine.
- Cover the pot again and continue simmering for another 30-40 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked to your liking.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Serve the Potjiekos hot as a hearty stew, typically accompanied by steamed rice, maize porridge (pap), or freshly baked bread.
Potjiekos is a traditional Namibian stew that is cooked slowly over an open fire or stove. It is known for its rich flavors and is often enjoyed as a communal meal with family and friends.