Hearty goodness

Enjoy kasi flavours at their best with this hearty, winning meal!

This week we feature Lebohang Mbanjwa, the 17-year-old self-taught cook who impressed Chef Dede with her culinary skills on Rate My Plate. The young go-getter says she’s always wished for a platform where South Africans could showcase their cooking skills and our country’s diverse flavours, so for her to appear on the show was a dream come true. Lebohang beat her fellow foodies, proving that age shouldn’t stop anyone from reaching their dreams. Feast on this wholesome dish and go for gold!

Watch the show on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) every Tuesday at 9.30pm #RateMyPlateSA

Lamb Stew with Dombolo and Butternut

Serves 5 | Preparation: 45 Min | Cooking: 1 Hr 30 Min

Lamb Stew

1,3kg stewing lamb

4 garlic cloves, peeled

2,5ml (½t) cinnamon powder

4 beef stock cubes

4 whole bay leaves

30ml (2T) olive oil

4 onions, chopped

15ml (1T) paprika

15ml (1T) each mother-inlaw spice mix, hot wet masala, mutton masala (available at Indian spice shops)

1 packet Knorr Hearty Beef with Rosemary Dry Cook-In-Sauce


5c cake flour

10ml (2t) dry yeast

10ml (2t) salt

30ml (2T) sugar

500ml (2c) warm water

15ml (1T) margarine or butter, melted


500g Harvestime Country Mix Frozen Vegetables

1 Packet Knorr Creamy Cheese Sauce

200ml full-cream milk salt and pepper to taste butternut, to serve


Lamb stew

  • Place the lamb, garlic, cinnamon, stock cubes and bay leaves in a pot and cover with water. Cook on medium heat for 45 minutes.
  • Once the meat is tender, drain the excess water and add the olive oil and chopped onions. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the paprika, mother-in-law spice, hot wet masala and mutton masala.
  • Blend the Hearty Beef with Rosemary Dry Cook-In-Sauce with a cup of water and add to the meat. Reduce heat and cook for another 20 minutes.


  • Grease an enamel dish with non-stick spray.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the warm water and butter or margarine.
  • Knead until the dough no longer sticks to your hands. If it does, add more flour.
  • Place the dough in the greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise for about an hour.
  • Add water to a big pot and place the greased bowl in it. Steam for about an hour or until cooked.
  • Cover the pot while you steam the dombolo.


  • Soak the Harvestime Country Mix vegetables in boiling water for 2-3 minutes.
  • In a bowl, mix the Creamy Cheese Sauce and milk. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil.
  • Once the cheese sauce is ready add the veggies and combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with butternut to boost your family’s veggie intake and enjoy!

t = teaspoon T = tablespoon c = cup/s

Watch the show on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) every Tuesday at 9.30pm #RateMyPlateSA