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This traditional South African waterblommetjie bredie is a delicious and easy winter dish.


Waterblommetjie bredie

Serves four to six people

  • 1kg – 2kg fresh waterblommetjies
  • 30 ml oil
  • 3 or 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 1kg lamb stewing meat cut into chunks
  • flour to dust the lamb
  • juice of two lemons
  • 250ml beef stock (and 250ml hot water extra)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • extra lemon wedges for serving

Heat the oil in a large pan. Dust lamb pieces in the flour and brown in the hot oil. Set the lamb aside and brown the onions and garlic in the same pot until they are nice and soft.

Place the lamb back into the pot and add the stock and juice from the lemons. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and stew the meat with the lid on for about a hour or until nice and tender. You can add more hot water or stock at this point if the liquid gets low while stewing.

Gently place the waterblommetjies on top of the lamb and cover the pot with the lid. Let them “steam” on top of the lamb for about half an hour. They should still be quite firm but cooked. Don’t overcook the waterblommetjies as they will turn into mush.

Serve on rice with extra lemon wedges on the side.

5 Responses to “Waterblommetjie bredie recipe”

    • Michelle Parkin

      Hi Mr P-J Hannabus

      Did you ever try the Waterblommetjie recipe?
      They are only available for a short time in the year as far as I know. I got mine from Checkers who stock it annually. I have also seen them at Fruit and Veg city and Farmstalls.

      Kind regards

    • Michelle Parkin

      Hi Jan

      If you can find Lamb stock it would work much better but Beef stock is easily found in stores.
      I know NoMu do a Lamb Stock which is amazing and I’m sure will add great depth to this dish.
      Let me know if you try it 🙂

  1. Paul

    I never ever buy from any retailer. Half the fun is collecting your fresh waterblommitjies at sunset from the sluits in which they grow, they are out now so I am collecting tonight.


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