Steak and Bean Stew (Nyama ne Nyemba)

Steak And Bean Stew (nyama Ne Nyemba) Recipe

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Carolyn Haas


My son was an exchange student in Zimbabwe. Since then, I've been on the look-out for authentic Zimbabwean recipes. This comes from A Taste of Africa. I no longer have the book, but if I run into the Sadza recipe, I'll post that too! NOTE: you may want to go easy on the curry powder. You can always add more later!


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15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 3 medium
    onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 2 lb
    shoulder steak or spare ribs, diced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium
    jalepeño pepper, chopped (or other hot paper)
  • 3 Tbsp
    curry powder
  • 2 medium
    tomatoes, diced (canned, equivalent amount)
  • 2 lb
    kidney beans, cooked or 2 cans
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium
    lemon, jucied

How to Make Steak and Bean Stew (Nyama ne Nyemba)


  1. In a stew pot, brown the onions in the oil until golden. Add meat and brown over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Lower hear and cook for 15-20 minutes.
    Add garlic, pepper and curry powder, cook for about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and cook for another 3 minutes.
  3. Season to taste, stir in beans and simmer another 15 minutes.
  4. In serving bowl, drizzle with lemon juice. Serve with rice, or Sadza dumpling if you want to be authentic!

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About Steak and Bean Stew (Nyama ne Nyemba)

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: African

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