Kondre - Cameroonian beef stew
Updated: Jan 30, 2021
Kondre, a national dish of Cameroonians is a tasty and filling dish consisting of meat, plantains, tomatoes, onions, crayfish and spices. The stew resembles butternut squash soup in appearance, though with a unique taste and flavor.
Meat such as goat, chicken, beef or pork can be used to prepare Kondre.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 120 minutes
2-3 pounds beef
3- 4 pounds green plantains
1 large onion
3 large tomatoes
¼ cup parsley
½ cup basil
¼ cup celery leaves
2 teaspoons grated ginger
8 cloves garlic
2 green onions
1 teaspoon white pepper
½ teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon thyme
½ - 1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon bouillon powder or 2 Maggi cubes
Salt to taste
In Large saucepan boil meat seasoned with salt, and, onions until tender depending on the meat with plenty of water for stock.
Using a sharp knife cut both ends off the plantain. This will make it easy to grab the skin of the plantains. Slit a shallow line down the long seam of the plantain and remove plantain peel by pulling it back.
Cut the plantains into 2-3 pieces depending on size
Chop the tomatoes, onions, green onions and place in a food processor or blender- add garlic, basil, parsley, celery with a little bit of water -if using a blender to facilitate blending. Blend until puree.
Heat up a large pot with oil, then add the tomatoes mixture, white pepper, curry, and meat with meat stock, bring to a boil.
Simmer for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add plantains, Maggi and/or stock / water (enough to cover the plantains)
Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let it cook until the plantains are super tender about an hour or more.
Add water as necessary to prevent burns.