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Oxtail Stew prepared in an Electric Pressure Cooker

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Oxtail Stew prepared in an Electric Pressure Cooker.

While I was up for Oxtail, but in no mood for potjies or even chopping veggies for that matter, so opted to do it in the pressure cooker, because it never fails. Bought all the veggies fresh, but pre-packed, cleaned, and washed.


1.5 kg oxtail
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 onions sliced
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 bay leaves
2 stick cinnamon
1 tsp celery salt
3 cardamom pods cracked
1 tbsp garlic/ginger paste
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp kosher salt
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp of dried
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tbsp crushed allspice berries
½ tsp black pepper
1 tbsp beef stock granules
1 cup boiling water
¼ cabbage cut into chunks
1 can Italian tomatoes
3 carrots cut into rings
3 potatoes halved
1 large punnet of mushrooms

Oxtail Stew prepared in an Electric Pressure Cooker

How to prepare your Oxtail Stew prepared in an Electric Pressure Cooker:

Place oxtail in a large dish, sprinkle with 2 tsp bicarb, and set aside for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse under cold water.
Switch on the cooker to sauté and sauté onions, bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, and seeds till onions are translucent and seeds splutter, then add oxtail to the pot and turn the temperature to browning and brown the oxtail while adding all the herbs and spices, including allspice berries.
About 10-15 minutes. Add beef granules, and water. tomatoes, and wine (Optional).
Turn the pressure to high pressure for 75 minutes.
Add vegetables. Cook on high pressure for another 30 minutes.

In South Africa, a potjiekos, literally translated “small-pot food”, is a dish prepared outdoors.

Prepared, tried, and tested Melanie Kramar

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