Classic Kenyan Beef Stew



Hello there from my new world! it has been a minute! I know i know.. I guess this is the longest I have stayed without posting since I started this platform. Well, it has been for all the good reasons! first thing first, we have a new member in the family! Yeah! Nick and I welcomed a little cutie, healthy bouncing baby boy on the 13th of june this year! His name is Henry. Weighed 3.4kg and was 52 cm tall of pure happiness. I fell in love with him the moment i held him in my arms, and he smelled heavenly! The first months into motherhood were extremely hard from getting to know him and him us, to dealing with sleep deprivation, postpartum blues, and dealing with the crazy hormonal changes that no one tells you about until you are in it! All of that and all at once!

They say your life changes when you become a mother and they were certainly right. My life changed all over a sudden but for the better. To me, being a mother is having the greatest job in the world, it means getting again that golden chance of seeing the world through my child’s eyes and most importantly, to practicing unconditional love that has no end.

That said, it’s yet again that time of the year (at least in this part of the world) that calls for a warm hearty Kenyan beef stew and this one happens to be the best I’ve ever had. With the simplest ingredients, some oil, a bone marrow or two and of course a beef steak, one gets a delicious dish that distract you from the bad weather outside and warms you from inside.





1/2 kg beef, cut into bite sizes

1 cup of water                           

4 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil

1 big red onion or 2 small ones, diced

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 inch fresh ginger, minced

3-4 fresh tomatoes, diced

1 teaspoon tomatopaste

2 carrots, diced

5 small potatoes, diced

3 Bay leave

½ teaspoon paprika powder

½ teaspoon curry powder

Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Fresh coriander for garnishing


In a saucepan, place meat, ginger, garlic and 1 cup of water. Boil the meat for roughly 30 minutes on medium heat

Separate meat from broth and set aside (you’ll need the broth later for the stew)

In a separate saucepan, heat vegetable oil on medium heat, fry onions till soft. Add beef and fry till it starts to brown. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and cook till the fresh tomatoes have softened. Add the spices; curry powder and paprika and mix well. Let the mixture simmer for a minute or two for the spices to mix well with the beef.

Add carrots and potatoes and stir well, again let the mixture simmer about five minutes stirring each minute to avoid sticking in the pan. Once everything has mixed in well add the broth you had set aside earlier. Stir well and throw in the bay leaves, lower the heat to low and Simmer for about 45 minutes or until the meat is tender stirring from time to time. Season with salt and pepper

Ganish with fresh corinder and serve hot with rice, ugali or chapati.



13 thoughts on “Classic Kenyan Beef Stew

  1. Hello from the US, Tina!
    Congratulations on your baby. God is good!

    I am a Mary, too, except I get called Rusty, because of a bad hair dye! LOL

    Thank you for restarting your posts, I am excited to learn more about Kenyan cuisine.

    No pressure, but I will be watching for more postings.

    God bless

    1. admin

      Hi Rusty ;-),
      Thank you for finding your way here!
      If you have any question do not hesitate to ask..

      Happy learning.

      Greetings from Zürich…

  2. Congrats Admin and your hubby for the blessings of a baby, mine on the way and i can’t wait. How about you give us some tips on the food to eat after delivery to keep healthy (not gain so much weight) but still have enough milk to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months.
    On the beef stew, that definitely my dinner tonight…..thanks a lot

    1. admin

      Hello Monika.
      Thank you very much..
      I wish you all the very best of luck and enjoy this magical journey towards motherhood..
      Actually that’s a good idea! I’ll definitely do that as I am still exclusively breastfeeding 5 months now down the line, and I still have enough milk.
      Also didn’t add any weight sofar..

      happy cooking and enjoy the stew.

      Best regards..

    1. admin

      Thank you Kantrell and thank you again for your feedback..
      Am still debating with myself if I should share him on this platform.. mmhh never know..
      Enjoy cooking..

  3. Congratulations Admin and your hubby too …I pray that the little one will grow to be a blessed one .Am happy that you are back n now its time to try each n every recipe you post because they have NEVER disappointed me.God Bless you n your family..Cheers.

  4. Thank you for this amazing site I came on looking for a sambosa recipe. Pls include me on your mailing list. I love the stories and the wonderful pictures I love the visuals.
    Thank you
    Katrina Smith
    Louisville, Ky

    1. admin

      Hello Katrina,
      You are welcome. I have included you on the mailing list.
      Happy Cooking.

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