This is definitely a Cape Malay staple, isn’t it just??

I don’t know its origins, but I imagine that things may have been a rather expensive back in the day, with meat and chicken being a “rich man’s food”. So, what to feed your big family? Well, there is a packet of carrots, a bag of frozen peas and a few pieces of meat.

Let’s make a pot of food!

Well, that’s how I imagine it came about.

Fast forward a few decades, and we’re still eating this nutritious, and not forgetting, super yummy dish! It’s got everything you need to serve it as a balanced meal, with or without some rice.

I imagine that lamb or beef pieces would work best for this dish, and make sure to add plenty of ginger and garlic to it as it just adds the most magical aromas to your kitchen.



  • (serves 4)
  • 6 large carrots, chopped
  • 250g frozen peas
  • 3 medium potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 200g of your preferred meat, I used lamb chops, cut into pieces
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A thumb’s width of ginger, chopped
  • A tspn of fresh garlic
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • About a cup of water



  1. In a medium pot, braise your onions and meat, in a little bit of oil. Braise the meat until brown, and the onions are translucent.
  2. Add in the ginger and garlic, and enjoy the aromas J. Cook for 2 extra minutes.
  3. Now, add in your carrots and potatoes and allow to cook for about 40 minutes, until the meat has softened. Add in your frozen peas for the last 15 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.