Seswaa Recipe

A beloved traditional dish that embodies the rich culinary heritage of this Southern African nation. Botswana’s cuisine is a testament to the simplicity and bold flavors that define its culture. Seswaa, a slow-cooked beef stew, is a perfect example of this. It’s a taste of Botswana’s soul and history, inviting you to experience the warmth of its culinary traditions. Join us as we guide you through the process of preparing this flavorful dish, allowing you to savor the authentic tastes of Botswana.


For the Seswaa:
  • 2 pounds of beef, preferably with bones
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil


  1. In a large pot, heat the cooking oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the finely chopped onions and minced garlic, and sauté until they become translucent.
  3. Add the beef pieces and sear them on all sides until they are browned.
  4. Pour in the water, ensuring that it covers the meat.
  5. Cover the pot and let the Seswaa simmer on low heat for 2 to 3 hours until the meat is tender and can be easily shredded.
  6. Once the beef is cooked, shred it into fine strands using two forks or your hands.
  7. Continue to simmer the shredded meat until it becomes crispy and golden brown.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve the Seswaa hot, traditionally accompanied by sadza (maize porridge) or rice.

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