Muffins recipes

National dish of Botswana

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  • Independence: 30. 9. 1966
  • Capital: Gaborone
  • Official language: English, Setswana
  • Population: 2 029 307
  • Area: 581 730 km2
  • International code: BW
  • Currency: Pula (BWP)
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  • 800g slow cooking beef
  • 1 whole onion (optional)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper (optional)
  • Water (enough to just cover the meat)
Seswaa is national food (dish) of Botswana


Pre heat oven to 160 degrees celcius. Cut meat into large chunks then brown in a dish suitable for slow cooking in the oven, I used a cast iron casserole dish. Add whole peeled onion, salt, cracked black pepper, water and leaves. Bring to the boil then cover and place into the oven for 4 hours.  After 4 hours, remove from oven and place onto stove burner in order to cook off remaining liquid. Use a wooden spoon to pound or mash up the meat, the meat should fall apart quite easily. and will appear shredded. You may brown the meat further if desired. Check seasoning then serve with polenta or the more traditional pap (sadza/thick corn meal porridge) and a side of green vegetables.


Botswana is an African country dominated in geographical term by the Kalahari Desert. Botswana is bordered by Zambia and Zimbabwe to the northeast, Namibia to the north and west, and South Africa to the south and southeast. Due to the fact that Botswana is an equatorial country the most important dishes are vegetables and fruits. Botswana people eat a lot of stuff with vegetables like soups and salads. They also eat meat that they got from hunting prepared in special tradition with sauces and tomatoes. Botswana inhabitants eat fish, seswaa, the ugali, rice, goat, meat, lots and lots of meat, yams, cabbage, beats and fresh fruits. Most cooking in villages is on open wood fires, and lighting by candle and kerosene lantern, though coal fires have become general in poorer urban households without electricity. The cuisine in Botswana may includes consists of millet or sorghum porridge which constitute much of the cuisine. Favorite meats in Botswana are beef,lamb,goat and Chicken. sorghum is the staple starch. Breads are oven baked and deep fried. Vegetables, fresh and cooked, are of infinite variety, fruits are peeled and cut in small slices for dessert, but the Botswana people as well love sweets and every housewife knows how to make Custard. Also the most excellent recipe is seswaa which is a cooked pounded Beef served with maize meal and cooked cabbage. Botswana cuisine is rich in fish mostly in the northren part of the country. Meat pies introduced by the British had a deep influence on Botswana cuisine, which are made from Chicken meat or beef,Russian sausages and ofals.

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