Classic Kenyan Beef Stew


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.


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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Mary Ann Clingan says:

    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 says:

      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. Monika Zippy says:

    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 says:

      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..


  3. kantrell says:

    Congrats on the new bundle of joy.I really enjoy your recipes. ope i can get a glimpse of him awwh.


  4. kantrell says:

    Congrats on the new bundle of joy.I really enjoy your recipes.hope i can get a glimpse of him awwh.


    1. admin says:

      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..


  5. Angie says:

    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.


    1. admin says:

      Thank you Angie..
      Bless you too xx


  6. Tabby says:

    Congratulations, looking forward for more yummy and healthy recipes


  7. dennis says:

    Hello, How is wali wa nazi prepared ?.Please.The recipe.I want to surprise my girlfriend.


  8. 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 says:

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


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