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  • Writer's pictureAngela, Digital Chef, Africa Analyst

Shredded beef - Varenga

Varenga is a traditional Madagascar meat dish. The meat is cooked and shredded over medium heat with salt, garlic, and white onions. Madagascar is an island off the coast of Africa in the western hemisphere. It can be found in the Indian Ocean. Because no spotted boats are launching through the ocean to Madagascar Island anymore, the majority of guests take a tour of the island by plane.

Varenga is one of the simplest foods to cook because it just has a few steps. The dish is extremely good and nutritious, as evidenced by the fact that it is prepared naturally, with little or no oil used during the cooking process.

Because many Madagascar residents prefer vegetables for their regular meals, it is sometimes difficult to locate meat dishes as varied as they appear, even in restaurants.


· 1 pound of boneless beef (boil in water)

· 2 garlic cloves

· 1 teaspoon salt

· 1 onion, white

· cooking oil


1. Clean the meat, making sure to remove any bones, and cut it into 2-inch pieces. Pour enough water to cover meat into pot, bring water to boil and place meat inside.

2. Chop the onion and mince the garlic. Salt, onion, garlic, and water are used to marinate the meat.

3. Pour the mixture into the boiling pot, cover, and cook on high heat for 5 minutes, then reduce to low heat and cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Water should reduce.

4. Inspect the meat for tenderness and the ability to fall apart. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

5. Place contents of pot in a greased glass baking dish, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. When the meat turns browned and crispy, it's done; serve over white rice as a side dish or use meat for tacos. Quickly fry meat with other veggies to add more flavors.

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