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Mince Curry

In South Africa, we use rounded (potbellied) cast iron pots to cook potjiekos. I make this recipe in my potjiekos pot, but it's not strictly potjiekos -- but then, only a purist would care.

It started out life as Matie Brink's "Kerriekos vir die eerste aand", which I morphed into a recipe which I never follow exactly anyway.

450gr mince
1 large onion, chopped
4 medium potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
1 sweet potato, scrubbed and diced
4 medium carrots, scrubbed, sliced
Handfull of screw noodles 
250gr mushrooms

3 tablespoons medium curry
pinch cumin
tablespoon chutney
tablespoon HP sauce
teaspoon aniseed
Handfull of grated cheese.
Stock cube

Heat pot thoroughly. Mix meat and onion and fry well. Add curry powder
and cumin while frying. Layer potatoes, sweet potato, and carrots. Simmer.

Mix one cup of boiling water, stock cube, chutney,
HP sauce, aniseed, and cheese. Pour down sides of pot. Simmer until
carrots are almost done.

Add noodles, making sure that all noodles are covered in sauce.
Layer mushrooms on top. Simmer until done.
Tip: You always pour the liquid down the side of the pot otherwise, they tell me, the meat goes all tough...

2004-10-11: Used about 12 baby potatoes, halved, a handful of baby carrots, extra spicy curry, some cayenne pepper, and cumin seeds and nutmeg instead of cumin and aniseed. Made it in a pot on the stove, and had to cook the noodles separately. Niiiiice :-)


On the topic of potjiekos, kluitjies are little dough dumpling type thingies that go extremely well with a goulash / mutton curry type potjie.

This recipe works well for a potjie with about 600-700gr goulash or stewing type meat, and the appropriate amount of veggies.

Brown meat & onion. Sprinkle in a tablespoon of flour (or paprika if you're that way inclined) and mix. Add 900ml stock, tomato paste, V8, whatever. Salt pepper bayleaf etc. and so forth.

Simmer for 1 hour (or less for better meat). Add veggies (carrots / turnips / parsnips / whatever) and simmer another hour.


175g self raising flour, 75gr marge, parsley, salt, pepper.

Mix ingredients, add water to get soft manageable dough. Make balls, put in pot, cook / steam for 15-20 minutes.

Or try FunkyMunky's recipe which uses standard flour, yeast, and egg.

Vrystaat Poeding

On the 50th Anniversary Tour and the Y2K trip, Elmari made Vrystaat Poeding quite a few times. I got my copy from PaNiek's website, PaNiek got it from Pim, and Pim got it from Elmari... a strange path for a recipe from someone you were married to for eight years, but hey :-)

Try it, it's good!

Instant baked pudding

If the Vrystaat Poeding recipe looks like a bit too much work, buy the Moirs instant baked pudding and make it in a flat bottomed pot on the coals. Great, and easy.

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