Isitshwala with beef stew and greens

I am craving some comfort food so here goes…

Serves two


  • 100g  of white maize meal
  • 50mls  of boiled water
  • 50mls of cold water
  • 100g of beef (stewing type)
  • 100g of sliced greens or kale
  • one chopped onion
  • 100g of chopped tomatoes (can use blended tomatoes)
  • a clove of garlic
  • a pinch of chilli powder
  • a tablespoon of olive oil
  • a cube of maggi seasoning or any other beef cubes
  • a teaspoon of all purpose seasoning



  1. mix 50mls of cold water with 50g of maize meal
  2. slowly add boiled water and allow to simmer for 5 minutes
  3. add the other 50g of maize meal and gently simmer for 15 minutes (occassional turning over to prevent lumps)
  4. if isitshwala turns lumpy, start all over with fresh ingredients (unfortunately it is a delicate dish and cannot be salvaged if not done properly)

Beef stew

  1. boil beef for 30 minutes or until tender
  2. remove excess water (keep to one side), add oil, onions, spices and fry for a minute
  3. add chopped tomatoes and allow to stew for 10 minutes
  4. add back the beef jus
  5. add sliced greens and simmer for 5 minutes

Plate isitshwala and beef stew.. eat up.  Best enjoyed without cutlery (finger food)



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