Potjiekos is a traditional South African dish where meat, vegetables and rice or “sous kluitjies” is added to a cast iron pot and nothing gets mixed in between adding all the ingredients.
At the bottom goes the meat and some coke and wine and salt and pepper and herbs and spices.
It’s cooked over a fire or a gas burner. After the meat have been added with some onions that have been fried and the meat browned.
It have to be cooked with the lid on for an hour or two. Then carrots and potatoes are added and also cooked for about 45 minutes.
Then you add in your cups of rice the amount you want and the easily fast cook vegetables with more coarse salt and pepper. This gets cooked for another hour or so.
The secret to a good potjie is not to mix it while it cooks only till the rice is added.
To thicken it a little you can add in a cup of bisto. It’s our favorite meal to make, it’s so easy and delicious and you don’t need much. Coke and wine and about 500ml of water is enough.
The best meat to use for a potjie is oxtail, lamb neck and for easy cooking you can use beef stew meat what we used for our potjie.
Staple vegetables can be anything from potatoes and carrots to corn and baby marrows.
A potjie is cooked for at least 4 hours if you use oxtail or lamb neck it can be cooked upto 5-6 hours.
Serve and enjoy!
The Potjie Pot also called a Busy Baby
Our Beef Potjie we made for yesterday nights dinner