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  • Writer's pictureNicky, Digital Researcher, Africa Analyst

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

Servings: 4


  • 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

Cooking Steps

  1. In Large saucepan boil meat seasoned with salt, and, onions until tender depending on the meat with plenty of water for stock.

  2. 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.

  3. Cut the plantains into 2-3 pieces depending on size

  4. 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.

  5. Heat up a large pot with oil, then add the tomatoes mixture, white pepper, curry, and meat with meat stock, bring to a boil.

  6. Simmer for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

  7. Add plantains, Maggi and/or stock / water (enough to cover the plantains)

  8. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let it cook until the plantains are super tender about an hour or more.

  9. Add water as necessary to prevent burns.

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