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Experience the Taste of South Africa: Dive into the Delights of Waterblommetjie Stew / Bredie

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Discover the Secret Ingredient that Makes Waterblommetjie Stew a Culinary Masterpiece!

Waterblommetjiebredie is a stew. The taste of the stew has been described as much like stewed green beans. Waterblommetjiebredie is a local delicacy in South Africa.

Savor the Unique Taste of Waterblommetjie Stew, A South African Delight
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Waterblommetjie Stew / Bredie

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  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Soak, Dry off Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings depending on size 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: South African


Dive into the delicious world of South African cuisine with our authentic Waterblommetjiebredie. This traditional dish, made with succulent lamb, waterblommetjies, and a blend of spices, is a true-tasting adventure! Perfect for a cozy family dinner or a unique dish to impress your friends. 


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Soaking Waterblommetjies: Cleaning waterblommetjies is a crucial step before cooking and soaking them in heavily salted water is the key. This not only removes any dirt or sand but also enhances the flavor of these unique flowers.

Here’s an easy-to-follow guide:

  1. Fill a large bowl or basin with water.
  2. Add a generous amount of salt to the water to draw out impurities and boost flavor.
  3. Gently place the waterblommetjies into the salted water, ensuring they’re fully submerged.
  4. Let them soak for a few hours, allowing the salted water to penetrate and loosen any dirt or sand.
  5. During soaking, you may notice debris floating to the surface, and that’s a good sign that the salt is working to purify the waterblommetjies.
  6. After this soaking process, your waterblommetjies are ready to be washed and prepared for cooking.

Washing Waterblommetjies: After the salted water soak, it’s crucial to wash the waterblommetjies thoroughly to ensure they are free from any remaining dirt or sand.

  1. Place the soaked waterblommetjies in a colander or strainer.
  2. Hold the colander under running water, allowing it to flow over the waterblommetjies.
  3. Gently rub the waterblommetjies with your fingers to remove any lingering dirt or sand.
  4. Continue rinsing and rubbing until the water runs clear, and there are no visible traces of impurities.
  5. Once clean, shake off any excess water and transfer the waterblommetjies to a clean bowl or plate.
  6. Being thorough in washing ensures that your waterblommetjies are grit-free and ready for use in your favorite recipes. Following these simple steps guarantees clean and flavorful waterblommetjies every time.

Now you can continue to cook the bredie/stew:

  1. Remove and cut off the bottom.
  2. Rinse and clean it well.
  3. Braise onions in oil until golden brown.
  4. Add meat and cook until it is soft and succulent. Add potatoes and waterblommetjies and add salt and pepper. Add enough water to make a saucy stew.
  5. Enjoy serve with basmati rice.

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Experience the Comfort of Tradition with Waterblommetjie Bredie Stew

More information and history on Waterblommetjie Stew

Waterblommetjie stew is a traditional South African dish that features waterblommetjies as a key ingredient. Waterblommetjies, also known as Cape pondweed or Aponogeton distachyos, are small, edible flowers that grow in the Western Cape region of South Africa. The name “waterblommetjie” translates to “little water flower” in Afrikaans.

The stew typically includes lamb or mutton, along with waterblommetjies and a variety of vegetables. The unique flavor of waterblommetjies adds a distinctive taste to the dish. These flowers have a crisp texture and a slightly tangy flavor, making them a popular choice in traditional South African cuisine.

The dish has its roots in the Western Cape, where waterblommetjies are abundant in the dams and ponds of the region. It is particularly associated with the Western Cape’s winter months, as that is when waterblommetjies are in season.

The exact origin of waterblommetjie stew is unclear, but it is deeply rooted in the culinary traditions of the Western Cape. Over the years, it has become a favorite among locals and tourists alike, celebrated for its unique taste and connection to the region’s natural resources.

Waterblommetjie stew is often enjoyed as a comforting and hearty meal, especially during the colder months. It reflects the cultural diversity and culinary heritage of South Africa, showcasing the use of local ingredients to create flavorful and satisfying dishes.

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