Tomato bredie
Place of originSouth Africa
Main ingredientsMutton, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, chilli

Tomato bredie is a South African stew, referred to in Afrikaans as 'tamatiebredie', normally made with mutton. It is cooked for a very long time, and its seasonings include cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and cloves as well as chilli. "Bredie" is the Afrikaans word for "stew", but is actually a word of Malaysian origin. This form of cooking was first introduced to the Cape by Malays, who were brought to the colony in most cases as slaves. The word bredie refers to oriental spinach. In tomato bredie tomato is used instead. Pumpkin, green beans and waterblommetjies (Cape water lily, Aponogeton distachyos, flowers) are also used. This traditional South African dish is commonly eaten around South Africa by both locals and tourists.[1]

Bredies generally are a spiced stew of mutton ribs, generally cooked with vegetables. In addition to tomato they can also feature cauliflower, lentils, parsnips, and quince, and are served with rice.[2][3]

See also


  1. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "TOMATO BREDIE". YouTube.
  2. ^ Davidson, Alan (2014). The Oxford companion to food. Tom Jaine, Soun Vannithone (3rd ed.). New York, NY. p. 758. ISBN 978-0-19-967733-7. OCLC 890807357.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  3. ^ Jackman, Tony (20 October 2023). "Throwback Thursday: Tomato bredie the Leipoldt way". Retrieved 2 January 2022.